On Thursday (May 24th) Local Enterprise Offices will be “celebrating 20 years of winners” at the Mansion House, Dublin for the National Enterprise Awards 2018.
The Awards take place every year to highlight the successes of small businesses around the country.
Recent figures compiled by the Local Enterprise Offices show that previous winners of the National Enterprise Awards now employ 832 people and generate over €131 million in turnover, €58 million of which is generated from exports to 52 countries.
Since winning, 11 of the companies have scaled-up their businesses to become Enterprise Ireland clients.
The finalists for this year are as follows:
Previous national winners, such as Irish Yogurts (1998), Obelisk (2000), Digiweb (2004), and Design Pro (2013), will all be recognised at this year’s ceremony.
The Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen will be presenting the awards on the night.
“It is important to celebrate the wonderful success stories within Ireland’s small businesses and micro-enterprise sector. The annual National Enterprise Awards reflect the Government’s support for, and commitment to, all areas of innovation and enterprise development within the Local Enterprise Office network.
“As we celebrate 20 years of winners in 2018, we hope that the achievements of previous winners will serve to inspire and encourage today’s start-ups to follow in their footsteps and to look internationally for growth opportunities.”
In all, 31 finalists, one from every local authority area, will be competing for a share of the €40,000 prize fund on May 24th.