Donegal Business of the Year Awards 2016 Winners


Donegal’s Local Enterprise Office (LEO) has announced the winners of the 20th Donegal Business Awards.

Get Brain Fit

The winners of Best New Business Idea are John Bradley and John McNamara, of, an empowering online brain training service which gives the brain a daily workout via quality content and stimulation. Get Brain Fit will now go on to represent Donegal at the National Enterprise Awards’ Final in Dublin.

Joe Bonnar Metal Crafts Ltd.

The winner of Best Established Business is Joe Bonnar Metal Crafts Ltd. Established in 1993, the business is one of the country’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of bespoke decorative craft metal work in a variety of metals for interior and exterior use.

The Counter

Winners of Best Start Up Business are Richard and Olivia Finney for their business, The Counter, which began as a wine shop franchise, until they diversified into an independent wine and artisan food shop, with the addition of a coffee shop and food offering last year.

The winners in each category received a prize of €1,500, while the overall winners of ‘Donegal Business of the Year’, Richard and Olivia Finney from The Counter, received a prize of €2,500.

Congratulating the winners, Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise at the LEO said: “Well done to each of the finalists and winners on a fantastic achievement. This is the 20th year of the Donegal Business Awards and we’re delighted to have built such a strong platform to allow businesses in Donegal showcase the excellent work they are doing. These awards are about recognising the wealth of talent that exists in this county and, year-on-year our finalists and winners are evidence of the exemplary quality of entrepreneurship and hard work happening throughout Donegal. Judging by the passion shown by our 2016 finalists and winners, we can safely say that the future of business in Donegal is in safe hands.”

As part of Donegal Business Week, all finalists attended a boot camp with serial entrepreneur, Padraig O’Ceidigh, who said: “We had a brilliant morning with each of the finalists and I would like to congratulate them, as well as the overall winners. I’d also like to say a special thanks to Michael, Ursula and all the team at Donegal’s LEO on a great day. These awards are an excellent opportunity for businesses to shine a light on their success, while networking with, and learning from other businesses in the county. I was very impressed with the level of passion and commitment from the finalists and have no doubt that their innovation and energy will continue to drive business forward in Donegal.’

Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020