National Enterprise Award Winner announced during Local Enterprise Week

National Enterprise Award Winner announced during Local Enterprise Week

An Ennis business has been announced as this year’s winner of the Clare Final of the National Enterprise Awards for 2024 for the Local Enterprise Office.


Atlantic Clinical Packaging Ltd took the top prize of €2,500 and will now represent Local Enterprise Office Clare at the National Final at the Round Room, Mansion House in Dublin on the 23rd May 2024.

NEA Winner 2024


Atlantic Clinical Packaging is owned by Michael Considine and supplies a range of sector-specific medical and non-medical products to drug addiction treatment agencies and charities around the world.

Other winners at the Clare Final of the National Enterprise Awards held at the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis included :

Magpie 6 Media, Ennis– Best Export Award

Wix & Wax Ireland, Ennis – One to Watch Award

Hurst Botanicals, Clarecastle – One to Watch Award

Oir Tonics, Ennis – Best Sustainability/ Green Award

Vesta Insights, Ennis – Best Start Up Award

Indigo Visual, Shannon – Best Innovation Award

Core Optimisation, Shannon – Outstanding Achievement Award


Michael Considine will now be competing against 30 other finalists from every local authority area for a share of the €35,000 winners prize fund as national judging gets underway in April.  Categories this year include ‘Best Export Business,’ ‘Best Start-Up’ and ‘Innovation,’ along with “One to Watch” and a “Sustainability / Green” award in addition to eight regional awards. 


Previous national winners from Clare include Wild Irish Seaweeds, Aaron PCB, Callan Technology, ABC Nutritional, McConnell Woollen Mills and Torpeys.


The Clare Final took place as part of a very successful Local Enterprise Week programme of events.  There were over 300 physical events took place across the country, run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices from March 4th to 8th.


Speaking during Local Enterprise Week Padraic McElwee, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Clare  said: “The National Enterprise Awards is about recognising and celebrating the achievements of small businesses. It also reflects the contribution these businesses make to their local communities by providing employment and the role they play in the economic vibrancy of our County. It was great to see such diversity and success among all our finalists and my congratulations to the winners. I wish our overall winner, Atlantic Clinical Packaging every success in the national finals later this year.”

Among the special guests at the ceremony were Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, Cllr. Joe Cooney. He said: “I wish to congratulate Atlantic Clinical Packaging on winning the Clare Final and I wish them well as they go on to represent LEO Clare at the National Enterprise Awards in Dublin on 23rd May. I would like to commend all the businesses who were category winners. The range of businesses participating is a reflection of the vibrant business sector in County Clare and I would like to acknowledge the role of LEO Clare for the support that they provide.”

Members of the judging panel included Gillian Slattery of Enterprise Ireland, Damien Barrow of Curtin O’Friel & Co Accountants and Michelle Guthrie of Skillnets. Indigo Visual designed and manufactured the trophies.


Other high-profile events that took place during the week included a Women in Business Network Event at the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point with guest speaker Sinéad O’Brien, better known as Sinead's Curvy Style and an export event ‘Navigating and Understanding the Export Journey’ took place in Shannon.


Local Enterprise Week is organised every year by the Local Enterprise Offices and supported by Enterprise Ireland, local authorities and the Government of Ireland with over 300 events taking place nationwide this year.