Cork City Finalist competing for 2018 title at the National Enterprise Awards

20 years of winners to be celebrated at National Enterprise Awards

with the Local Enterprise Office, Cork City finalist competing for 2018 title


20 years of Winners for National Enterprise Awards 2018

Figures released this week show that previous winners of Local Enterprise Office-run competition together employ 832 people, generate €131million in turnover annually and export to 52 countries

 ‘20 Years of Winners’ are being celebrated by the Local Enterprise Offices, including Local Enterprise Office Cork City, at the 2018 National Enterprise Awards, which take place every year to highlight the successes of small businesses around the country.

According to a survey* from the Local Enterprise Offices, released this week, 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.

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 in the Mansion House on Thursday, May 24th.  The Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen T.D., will be presenting the awards on the night and he said:  “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.”

Adrienne Rodgers with Local Enterprise Office Cork City said:  “The National Enterprise Awards are our chance to celebrate finalists’ economic impact on their local communities, the jobs they have created, and the overall growth of their businesses. Combined, the previous winners now employ 832 people all over the country, have a turnover of over €131 million per annum and have €58 million in exports to 52 countries. These achievements deserve to be celebrated on a national scale and we know they will inspire other local companies here in Cork City  too.”

The Local Enterprise Office  - Cork City  is being represented at the 2018 National Enterprise Awards by  Mr. Joe Perrott, Tony Garvey & Dan Stapleton from Remote Signals Ltd.  The company, which was set-up in 2016 employs 3 people and their IoT solutions enable businesses to easily obtain operating data from remote assets. 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.

Joe Perott NEA 2018 2

To highlight ‘20 years of winners’, Minister Breen visited Simtech Aviation in Fingal this week, which clinched the national title in 2008. Since then, the company has provided aircraft simulator-based training for more than 3,000 pilots who are now employed by 180 different airlines such as Aer Lingus, Norwegian Air and Royal Air Charter from the Philippines. During the visit to Simtech, Minister Breen also met with representatives from five of the 31 companies that have reached this year’s National Final, including: WeBringg (representing LEO Fingal), Blacks of Kinsale (representing LEO Cork North and West), Get The Shifts Ltd (representing LEO Clare), Joint-IT (representing LEO Galway), and Coatek (representing LEO Wexford). The Minister also met with representatives from the Local Enterprise Offices, local government and Enterprise Ireland.

Funding for the Local Enterprise Offices is provided by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland, and further details about the supports on offer to small businesses are available through


Previous National Enterprise Award Winners

Celebrating 20 Years of Winners in 2018


Year    Company                                            Local Enterprise Office

1998    Irish Yogurts Ltd                                 Cork North and West

1999    Glass & Cladding Technology            Meath

2000    Obelisk Communications                   Cavan

2001    Midland Precision Tool & Die             Roscommon

2002    The Hot Irishman                               Carlow

2003    Grouse Lodge Recording Studios Ltd Westmeath

2004    Digiweb                                              Louth

2005    IFS Ltd                                               Fingal

2006    Modern Timber Homes Ltd                Donegal

2007    Crannagh & Co                                  Cavan

2008    Simtech Aviation                                Fingal

2009    Callan Technology Ltd                       Clare

2010    ABC Nutrition Ltd                               Clare

2011    Running Gear Ltd T/A Agrispread      Mayo

2012    Innovate                                             Wexford

2013    Design Pro                                         Limerick

2015    MyBio Ltd                                           Kilkenny

2016    Applied Concepts Ltd                         Offaly

2017    Acutrace                                             South Dublin


There were no National Enterprise Awards in 2014 due to the setting up of the Local Enterprise Offices and the dissolution of the County and City Enterprise Boards that year.


*Survey: Source Local Enterprise Offices (March/April 2018)


Figures compiled by the Local Enterprise Offices in March-April 2018 show that previous winners of the National Enterprise Awards:

-        Now employ 832 people in total

-        Generate €131,314,281 in annual turnover

-        Export sales are worth €58,353,000 to 52 countries

-        11 former winners have scaled up to become Enterprise Ireland clients


National Enterprise Awards 2018

Award Categories and Prize Fund:

The 2018 National Enterprise Awards take place on May 24th in the Mansion House in Dublin and are organised by the Local Enterprise Offices

  • Overall Winner, National Enterprise Awards 2017 (Cash Prize for business: €10,000)
  • Best Export Business (Cash Prize for business: €5,000)
  • Best Start Up Business (Cash Prize for business: €5,000)
  • Innovation Award (Cash Prize for business: €5,000)
  • Eight Regional Winners (Cash Prize for business: €2,000 each)

  • Regions:

      • Dublin City, Fingal, Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown and South Dublin
      • Kildare, Laois, Offaly and Westmeath
      • Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny
      • Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan
      • Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim and Longford
      • Galway, Mayo and Roscommon
      • Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Tipperary
      • Cork City, South Cork, Cork North & West and Waterford


Full list of all National Enterprise Award Finalists for 2018


Dublin City Usheru Direct ticketing for film distributors

 Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown iReach Research and market intelligence specialists

 Fingal WeBringg 90-minute online sales delivery service

 South Dublin Absolute Nutrition Ltd Healthy snacks and treats

Clare Get the Shifts Ltd Skilled, temporary hospitality staff

 Kerry Ballyhar Foods Wholesale baked goods producer

 Limerick Eastway Remote Monitoring Ltd Online, machine failure monitoring systems

 Tipperary Horizon Offsite Ltd Light-gauge steel building system manufacturer

 Kildare Terra Liquid Minerals Smart liquid mineral injection system provider

 Laois Cyc-Lok Ltd Suppliers of access-controlled bike parking lockers

 Offaly Intellicom Ireland Ltd Telecommunications service provider

 Westmeath Irish Craft Canning Irish craft beverage process and packaging services

Cork City Remote Signals Sensors to connect remote assets

 Cork North & West Blacks of Kinsale Independent micro-brewery and distillery

 South Cork Ecanvasser Political canvassing software

 Waterford Blackwater Distillery Irish distillery famous for gin

 Carlow Burren Precast Concrete Attenuation and flood alleviation tanks manufacturer

 Kilkenny Glanway Ltd Waste processing and recycling facility

 Wexford Coatek Glass coating and films suppliers

 Wicklow Asistec Solutions for cell storage and growth

Donegal Niche Specialist Staffing Partners International recruitment firm for construction estimators

 Leitrim Global Green Sustainability Sustainability consultancy firm

 Longford Lir Analytical Ltd Dairy bio-security products manufacturer

 Sligo Wilderness Ireland Ltd Adventure and wilderness experience tour operator

Cavan Veltig Ireland Consulting and development services

 Louth Celtic Testing Experts (Ireland) Ltd Lean IT project delivery service providers

 Meath BSG Design Ltd High-end bespoke joinery manufacturer

 Monaghan Avail Mobile healthcare solution for those with learning difficulties 

 Galway Joint-IT Ready-mixed jointing compound manufacturer

 Mayo Buymedia Advertising planning, management and measurement

 Roscommon Black Donkey Brewing Ltd Producer of Irish traditional farmhouse beers