National Enterprise Awards 2015

Female Entrepreneurs Win Top Awards at Ireland’s National Enterprise Awards 2015

Two female-led businesses were among the winners at the 18th Annual National Enterprise Awards, organised by the Local Enterprise Offices and announced on the evening of 11th June 2015 by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D.

NEA 2015 Final Overall Winner MyBio

Pictured above is Linda Nolan of MyBio receiving her award as Overall Winner at the National Enterprise Awards 2015.

Linda established MyBio in Kilkenny, in 2009, to supply research products to companies in the Life Sciences industry.

Anne Behan, founder of the Áine Knitwear brand in Clare took the Design award, marking Irish Design 2015 (ID2015).

Vision Built, a light steel gauge manufacturing company in Galway, won the Export award.

The Property Button in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown topped the Start-up category with their utility transfer management business.

The Innovation prize was awarded to Gannon Eco of Westmeath who reprocess waste into raw materials.

Kieran Comerford, Chair of the Network of Local Enterprise Offices, said that the awards were a celebration of Ireland’s enterprise stories. He said: “These awards showcase local business heroes on a national stage. The Local Enterprise Offices are there to help identify and support the heroes in our society, who take the brave step of starting and developing their own enterprises.”

The five winners were among 24,000 small businesses supported by the network of 31 Local Enterprise Offices last year.

The Awards included a cash prize of €5,000 for the Overall Winner and €1,000 for the four Category Winners, in addition to specially-commissioned trophies.

Pictured below in attendance at the Awards are Vincent Reynolds and Marcella Rudden of LEO Cavan with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D.

NEA Awards night 2015 Marcella & Vincent