Dublin City Enterprise Award Winner 2022

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Dublin City Enterprise Award Winners 2022 - The Inkspot

Finglas based company, The Inkspot are the winners of the Dublin City Council Enterprise Award 2022. The prize involves a €5,000 investment in the company and also sees it advance to the National Enterprise Award 2022 ceremony which takes place on 2nd June this year.

Founded by the Morgan family in 1991, The Inkspot provide print and packaging to all sectors including many recognizable household brands and artisan products stocked in local supermarkets and pharmacies. Their specialism is brand colour guardianship and their niche is print and packaging design for new product development.

“I want to congratulate The Inkspot on being this year’s winner of the Dublin City Enterprise Award and wish them well in the National Award Ceremony in June. The Inkspot provide an inspirational blueprint to emerging businesses. Establishing a business takes courage and sustaining it takes resilience. Operating a small business goes beyond turning a profit.  Hundreds of small businesses provide employment in Dublin, enhancing our communities. Small business is the backbone to the vibrancy and economic prosperity of Dublin City.” – Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland.

Greg Swift, Head of Enterprise & Economic Development with Dublin City Enterprise Office said “We are delighted that The Inkspot will represent Dublin City Enterprise going forward to the National Awards. The Inkspot punch well above their weight. They are exemplary in four national award categories; definitely ‘one to watch’: The Inkspot scaled up during very difficult trading circumstances of the pandemic, capitalising on increased supermarket spending.Lifetime achievement:’ they have sustained & scaled their business for over a quarter of a century.The Inkspot continue to ‘innovate’ through technology, while their partnership approach to account management is a core value. Their clients and agencies are their word of mouth marketing. Products are produced using recycled materials which in turn can be recycled by the end user”.

Accepting the Award, Gerry Morgan, Managing Director of The Inkspot said - “We are where we are today through hard work, consistency, reliability and customer recommendations”.

Among the special guests at today’s announcement were Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland, Richard Shakespeare, Assistant Chief Executive with Dublin City Council and Mary MacSweeney, Deputy Head of Enterprise & Economic Development, Local Enterprise Office Dublin City. In the National Enterprise Awards The Inkspot are competing against 30 other finalists from every local authority area for a share of the €50,000 prize fund. The overall winner receives a cash prize of €10,000, with category prizes of €5,000 and eight regional awards of €2,000.

About The Inkspot Further Information

Founders, husband and wife Gerry and Deirdre with son Harry, are operational in the business.

Product offerings

  1.  Brand consistency through colour consistency 
  2.  New product development – design consultation & small test marketing production runs
  3. Packaging for all sectors including foil blocked, die cut, window patched, shelf ready packs

LEO Supports

  • Business Expansion Grant contributing to 4 additional jobs (2020)
  • Food Starter: Management development training for food businesses 0-24 months (2021)

Next Steps: Expansion into Northern Ireland & export

National Enterprise Awards 2022

Now in their 23rd year, the awards celebrate small businesses and includes awards that recognise excellence in:

  • Startup: most promising new business
  • One to watch: growth & scalability potential
  • Exporting: growing customer base outside Ireland
  • Green & sustainability: practices, resource efficiency & consumer access
  • Innovation: excellence in new product/service development
  • Lifetime achievement awards: strength, local impact & longevity   

National Enterprise Awards 20 year economic impact achieved:

  • 824 people employed in 19 businesses
  • €130.4 million annual turnover – of which
  • €58.3 million are annual exports to 52 countries

Local Enterprise Office (LEO)

The National Enterprise Awards are one of a number of initiatives that the Local Enterprise Offices run to foster entrepreneurship across the country. Others include Local Enterprise Week, the Student Enterprise Programme and National Women’s Enterprise Day.

Established in 2014, LEOs are an essential resource for any entrepreneur looking to start a business or any small business that is looking for support or advice to help them grow. The LEOs work with over 7,400 client companies across Ireland in a diverse range of sectors offering mentoring, training, networking, expert advice and financial supports to small businesses. For more information see www.LocalEnterprise.ie/awards