National Enterprise Awards 2017

National Enterprise Awards

The Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West (LEO) is inviting businesses who satisfy the eligibility criteria below to enter the National Enterprise Awards 2017. 

Co-ordinated by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in the Local Authorities Network, the National Enterprise Awards were set-up to celebrate the achievements of Ireland’s micro-enterprise sector. Previous winners have included Irish Yogurts from West Cork, Hot Irishman Irish Coffee (Walsh Whiskey Distillery) from Carlow, Innovate IT and Telecoms from Wexford, Grouse Lodge Recording Studios from Westmeath, DesignPro from Limerick and Simtech Aviation from Fingal.

According to Kevin Curran, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West, the National Enterprise Awards highlight the success stories behind Ireland’s small businesses. Encouraging local businesses to enter this year’s competition, he said: “The Local Enterprise Office is the first stop shop for small businesses and start-ups here in the county and we want to celebrate their impressive achievements, giving them national recognition for their successes. Winning awards can open doors for businesses and we’re inviting local businesses and start-ups to take the next step by entering the National Enterprise Awards.”


Prize Fund:

LEO Cork North Winner: €1000 cash + €1000 soft support voucher

LEO Cork North Runner Up: €500 cash + €500 soft support voucher   

LEO Cork West Winner: €1000 cash + €1000 soft support voucher

LEO Cork West Runner Up: €500 cash + €500 soft support voucher

Overall LEO Cork North and West Winner: €1500 cash + €1500 soft support voucher (selected from one of the North & West Area Winners – so overall prize to them is 2500 & 2500 in soft supports) 


How to Apply:

The deadline for receipt of applications via our online system is the 1st February. 

Shortlisted businesses will then be asked to submit a business plan & financials before 17th February and present this to a judging panel on the 1st March.  

The Awards ceremony will take place in County Hall during Enterprise Week 2017 on the evening of the 7th March. 



  • The Business must have 10 employees or less;
  • The Business must have been in receipt of grant assistance or other supports (eg. training, mentoring) from LEO Cork North and West;
  • LEO Cork North and West clients who have transferred to Enterprise Ireland within the last 12 months are also eligible (please note any clients who may have transferred to Enterprise Ireland more than 12 months ago are not eligible);
  • Previous County winners that satisfy the above criteria are eligible to enter. 

Updates around the National Enterprise Awards are available by searching #NEAwards17 on social media.