National Enterprise Awards

Local businesses to be celebrated at National Enterprise Awards

Galway Local Enterprise Office opens up applications for 2016 National Enterprise Awards

Small businesses and start-ups in Galway are being encouraged by the Local Enterprise Office to enter this year’s National Enterprise Awards, for a chance to represent the county and share a €20,000 national prize fund.
The deadline to enter the local stage of this competition – the Galway County Competition - is Monday 29th 2016. The prize fund for the county competition is €1,000 and free mentoring towards preparing for the national final. 
Last year’s local finalist was Gerry McCarthy from Vision Built who won the Export Award at the 18th Annual National Enterprise Awards.


This year’s local winner will be announced during National Enterprise Week in March and will represent the county at the 2016 National Enterprise Awards in June, with twelve awards on offer and a top prize of €10,000.
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 MyBio from Kilkenny, 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 Breda Fox, Head of Local Enterprise Office Galway, the National Enterprise Awards highlight the success stories behind Ireland’s small businesses. Encouraging local businesses to enter this year’s competition, she 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 by giving them an opportunity to acquire national recognition for their successes. Winning awards can open doors for businesses and we’re inviting microenterprises and start-ups in Galway to submit entries to the Local Enterprise Office National Enterprise Awards.”

Complete the application form- contact Eoin at: to get an application form


Competition Guidelines

  1. The applicants must be current clients of the LEO Galway or transferred to Enterprise Ireland within the last 12 months.
  2. All businesses must have been in receipt of Measure 1 Support or Measure 2 Support.
  3. All entries must employ ten or less employees.
  4. Previous County winners are eligible to enter.
  5. Four copies of a Business Plan, together with the most recent financial statements (four copies), are mandatory. Applications without business plan and financial statements will be disqualified.
  6. All submissions (in hard copy, four copies) must be in typed format. Handwritten applications will not be accepted. Submission shall be sent to:


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