Local Company Wins Regional Award for Enterprise

Local Company Wins Regional Award for Enterprise

Local company, 9th Impact, supported by Local Enterprise Office Galway, wins Regional Award at gala event in Dublin’s Mansion House

9th Impact, based in Galway City, has won a Regional Award at this year’s National Enterprise Awards (on May 25th), which is organised by the Local Enterprise Offices every year to celebrate Ireland’s micro-enterprises.

One of the company’s founders, Mark Quick, was presented with the West Regional Award by An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D., the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D. and the Minister of State for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen T.D. at a black-tie ceremony in the Mansion House.

9th Impact; supported by their Local Enterprise Office Galway, design, build and publish games for mobile phones and specialise in negotiating partnerships with international TV studios to develop the official games of popular TV series.  They are best known for developing the official games of the ‘Biker Mice from Mars’ TV series. The games are available in 12 languages are played in 119 countries. 98% of the company’s revenues are earned from exports by 7 highly-skilled full time staff in Galway.

 

Speaking at the National Enterprise Awards ceremony in the Mansion House, Breda Fox, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Galway said: “Micro-enterprises make up more than 90% of all businesses in Ireland and they are powering the national and local economy with the Local Enterprise Office as their ‘first-stop-shop’ for accessing enterprise supports. I would like to pay tribute to 9th Impact and their hard-working team and I want to congratulate them on winning this national award in recognition of their achievements.”

Acutrace in South Dublin won the overall award, Hope Beer in Fingal took the award for ‘Best Start-Up,’ Hexafly in Meath won the ‘Innovation’ category and Monaghan Brothers Bar Furniture in County Mayo won the ‘Best Export’ category.

The Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D. speaking at the Awards said: “Congratulations to all the micro-enterprises and small businesses that are being honoured and celebrated through the National Enterprise Awards this year. The winners here tonight are examples of the confidence, ambition and creative talent at Ireland’s core.”

He added: “Local Enterprise Offices exist to help small Irish companies starting out. Since the LEOs were established in 2014, they have supported in excess of 11,000 new jobs. We will continue to deliver on that potential, continue to unearth the new generation of entrepreneurs and continue to promote a culture of self-help and self-start, across every county, parish and community in Ireland. Unemployment has dropped from 15.4% to 6.4% in recent times and LEO offices have played their part in this. Jobs are now growing in every region in the country.”

The full list of Regional Award winners at the National Enterprise Awards are:

  • Acutrace in South Dublin (for the Dublin Region)
  • Irish Host Family Ltd in Kerry (for the South West Region)
  • Broghies Ireland in Kildare (for the Mid East Region)
  • Pip and Pear Chilled Baby Food in Waterford (for the South Region)
  • Goldfish.ie in Wicklow (for the South East Region)
  • Studyclix in Sligo (for the North West Region)
  • Aphix Software Ltd in Louth (for the North East Region)
  • 9th Impact in Galway City (for the West Region)

All of the award winners share a €40,000 prize fund from the Local Enterprise Offices, to help fund expansion and further growth.

The judges this year were Michael Hanley (former Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West), Barry Egan (Regional Director with Enterprise Ireland) and Anne Cusack (entrepreneur and founder of Critical Healthcare in Westmeath, a medical emergency product supplier).

Previous winners of the National Enterprise Awards have included Applied Concepts in Offaly, Agrispread in Mayo, Innovate in Wexford and Irish Yoghurts in West Cork.

The National Enterprise Awards are one of many initiatives that the Local Enterprise Office Galway is involved in, in order to foster and promote entrepreneurship in the region. Visit localenterprise.ie/galway to learn more about the services and supports on offer to businesses in the county.

 

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