Local Enterprise Awards 2016

Local businesses celebrated at Kerry County Enterprise Awards

The Kerry County Council Local Enterprise Office has announced the results of the 2016 National Enterprise Awards

Small businesses and start-ups in Co. Kerry have been 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.

Over the past number of weeks, over 16 entries for the awards have been shortlisted to 4 finalists. 

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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 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 Tomás Hayes of the Local Enterprise Office Kerry, the National Enterprise Awards highlight the success stories behind Ireland’s small businesses. “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, giving them national recognition for their successes. Winning awards can open doors for businesses and we’re inviting local businesses and start-ups to take the next step by entering the National Enterprise Awards.”

This year’s local winner was announced at a luncheon held in the Manor West Hotel in Tralee 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.

The winner of the County Enterprise Awards 2016 is FM Marine Services Ltd. of Valentia Island, a boat manufacturing company owned by Fionán and Mary Murphy. This business was founded in 2002, incorporated in 2007 and has commenced exporting the Cygnus Boat throughout Europe. The business intends to grow employment to over 12 employees within the next year.

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The runners up this year include:

“These business are the lifeblood of our communities, providing local sustainable employment and communities” stated Tomás Hayes. "These businesses should be celebrated and honoured for their risk taking, dedication and hard work."

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