Local Business ClearChoice wins place at National Enterprise Awards in June 2016

Local Business ClearChoice wins place at National Enterprise Awards in June 2016

15th March 2016

A financial software company from Sandyford, ClearChoice collected the top prize at the County Enterprise Awards, which was one of the highlights of Local Enterprise Week in March 2016. The company will represent Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County at the National Enterprise Awards this coming June.

The local company, which employs four staff, was set-up by Paul Merriman in 2015 with the objective of raising the knowledge, standards and quality of advice within the financial planning industry. ClearChoice.ie now goes head-to-head with thirty other high achieving businesses, to win a share of the €20,000 national prize fund.

The announcement of the winner and presentation of prizes was made by An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Co. Co., Cllr. Barry Saul, at a ceremony in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire.

The other winners were:

Timothy and James McElroy of  HouseMyDog (Technology Award);

Peter Roberts of Roberts of Dalkey (Retail Award)

Siobhan Berry of MummyCooks (Health & Lifestyle Award).

Merits Awards went to Julie Swan of Forgotten China and Vincent Keogh of Xeraphic

The six county finalists shared a €10,000 cash prize fund and each business received a free short promotional video profiling their venture.

 Speaking at the Awards, Cllr Barry Saul said, “Our Local Enterprise Office supports hundreds of small businesses and start-ups every year, as the first stop shop for enterprises in the county. From start-ups to small businesses looking to expand, the Local Enterprise Office mentors and develops entrepreneurs every step of the way. The National Enterprise Awards are a way of shining the international spotlight on their success stories and giving local businesses the recognition they deserve. The County has a vibrant start-up and small business community and this awards competition is an important way of telling their success stories.”

The local winner meets the judging panel in April, for a chance to win one of twelve awards and the top prize of €10,000 for their business at the National Enterprise Awards ceremony on June 9th in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Awards entrants are judged on areas such as company competitiveness, use of technology, responsiveness to market trends alongside their own leadership qualities.

 Further details about the supports available to local start-ups and small businesses are available through www.localenterprise.ie. Updates around local companies competing at the National Enterprise Awards are available by searching #NEAwards16 on social media.


Photographed (L-R) are Dearbhla Lawson (Director of Economic, Community and Cultural Development, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council); Paul Merriman (Founder, ClearChoice.ie); Cllr. Barry Saul (An Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council) and Eibhlin Curley (Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office DLR).

Photography Credited to Peter Cavanagh.

For further information please contact:

Communications Office 01 2047090 /commsoffice@dlrcoco.ie

Or see www.localenterprise.ie/DLR