NEA 22 Awards

Torpey Wood Products Ltd, who are supported by Local Enterprise Office Clare, were winners at this year’s National Enterprise Awards. The awards, which took place at the Mansion House in Dublin, are in their 23rd year and run annually by the Local Enterprise Offices.


Torpey Wood Products Ltd took home the South West Region award.  Torpey, from Sixmilebridge, is a manufacturer and brand retailer of hurley products. Current products sold by Torpey include Bambú hurleys, ash hurleys, grips, hurling balls and apparel. Founded in 1981, has in 41 years of trading established itself as the leader in the design, manufacture and supply of quality hurleys.


There was also an Outstanding Achievement Award presented on the night to an individual or company who has excelled in recent years.  This award went to ABC Nutritionals from Clare.  The Shannon based business, established in 2007 are a private label manufacturer of sports, weight management and lifestyle nutrition products.  They have double their workforce and turnover since 2018 with 68 now employed and hope to reach 100 by 2025 with a new facility in development. 


Padraic McElwee, Head of Enterprise Clare and Chair of LEO Network said “Fantastic night for Clare as two of our businesses received awards recognizing the successes they have achieved and the continuing growth of their businesses. Both businesses provide good employment and are well placed to expand and provide further jobs into the future. Both ABC and Torpeys reflect the many small businesses we have in Clare who are making strides in both local and global markets” .



The overall winner at the National Enterprise Awards was Wicklow aquaculture and offshore wind company, Aqualicense.  Established in 2019 by Kate Dempsey the company has gone from strength to strength.


The company engages in consultation, planning, legal compliance and project delivery on behalf of companies in the aquaculture and offshore renewable energy industries. 


They expanded their operations into the highly regulated offshore renewable energy sector in 2021 which has helped the company grow considerably and they are now looking to expand their expertise into new markets internationally.  


Several other companies won across a range of categories at the Awards, which were established by the Local Enterprise Offices to celebrate the impact and quality of small businesses across the country.


The Best Start-Up category was won by Acoustic Interiors supported by Local Enterprise Office Offaly.  The business improves the health, wellbeing and productivity of people through intelligent acoustic design and fit-out of homes, offices and buildings. 


The Green/Sustainability Award went to Cirtex, supported by Local Enterprise Office Longford.  The company have created a closed-loop manufacturing business that upcycles the materials from duvets and mattresses, most of which are imported, to be reused in new products. 


The Best Export category was won by Professional Hair Labs supported by Local Enterprise Office Wexford.  The family run business is a manufacturer and distributor of cosmetic products including GHOSTBOND, the world’s leading product for hair adhesive solutions.


The Innovation Award went to Cubbie who are supported by Local Enterprise Office Mayo.  The installation, which is in over 200 schools across Ireland, enables students with neurodiversity or sensory challenges to regulate their senses with a bespoke programme to ensure their learning and academic experience is not adversely affected.


Finally, the One to Watch Award was taken by Streat School supported by Local Enterprise Office Monaghan.  The business provides an end-to-end solution for those looking to enter the street food business, providing equipment, workshops and branding materials.       


This year’s winners share a €50,000 investment fund and eight regional winners were also announced on the night.  Those winners are –


  • Farmony in the Dublin Region (backed by LEO Fingal)
  • Torpey in the South West Region (backed by LEO Clare)
  • Salutem Insights in the Mid East Region (backed by LEO Laois)
  • SmartRoutes in the South Region (backed by LEO Cork City)
  • FeedAlpha in the South East Region (backed by LEO Carlow)
  • Tantek 4D in the North West Region (backed by LEO Sligo)
  • Aine’s Chocolate in the North East Region (backed by LEO Cavan)
  • Studio Meala in the West Region (backed by LEO Roscommon)

Previous winners of the National Enterprise Awards include Irish Yoghurts (1998), Obelisk (2000), Simtech Aviation (2008), Digiweb (2004), Callan Technology (2009), ABC Nutritionals (2010) and Design Pro (2013), Terra NutriTech (2018) and Pestle & Mortar (2019).  The last winners in 2021 were Bevcraft, who were supported by Local Enterprise Office Westmeath.  Europe’s only mobile canning company have gone from strength to strength since winning the award, opening new hubs across the continent.


The National Enterprise Awards are one of a number of initiatives that the Local Enterprise Offices run, to foster entrepreneurship across the country. Others include Local Enterprise Week, the Student Enterprise Programme, National Women’s Enterprise Day and Local Enterprise Showcase. The Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities are funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland. Established in 2014, the Local Enterprise Offices are the essential resource for any entrepreneur looking to start a business or any small business that is looking for support or advice to help them grow. Since their inception eight years ago, the Local Enterprise Offices have helped create over 20,000 jobs across the country. The LEOs work with thousands of client companies across Ireland in a diverse range of sectors offering mentoring, training, expert advice and financial supports to small businesses. For more information see