Kildare Looking to Secure the National Top Prize for the 3rd Year Running at National Enterprise Awards

Leixlip Tech Startup Hoping for Glory at National Enterprise Awards 

Kildare Looking to Secure the National Top Prize for the 3rd Year Running 

 

One of Kildare’s most impressive businesses, QPQ have been announced as a finalist for this year’s National Enterprise Awards.  The awards, an initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices, will take place virtually on the 11th February.

QPQ were selected to represent Local Enterprise Office Kildare at the awards and will compete against 29 other finalists for a prize fund totaling €50,000.

Founded by Greg Chew and Co-founded by Aidan Finn, QPQ is bringing to market a series of unique technological solutions in the financial services. The platform can be described as a settlement platform for goods, services and payments with integrated trade and corporate finance.

This could be the third year in-a-row that the top title will be awarded to a Kildare company, with global skincare company Pestle & Mortar winning top prize last year (2019) and AgTech company, Terra NutriTech also winning the overall title the previous year (2018).

 

The finalists, selected by the Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities, represent a diverse range of businesses that are supported by the LEOs across the country.  Now in their 22nd year, the awards celebrate small businesses and includes awards that recognise excellence in exporting, sustainability and innovation along with 8 regional awards and an overall National Enterprise Awards winner. 

Head of Enterprise, Kildare County Council, Jacqui McNabb said; “It has been a challenging year for small businesses so this is a chance to highlight positive stories and businesses who have excelled in the face of unprecedented challenges.  These businesses have been through a rigorous process of judging, auditing every aspect of their business and this in itself can be a huge benefit to them as they plan for the future.  Whether they win or not these finalists are well positioned to follow in the footsteps of the great Kildare companies that have gone before them such as Pestle & Mortar and Terra NutriTech and as a network, the Local Enterprise Offices look forward to continuing to support them to help them grow.” 

 

Sonia Deasy, co-founder of Pestle & Mortar, on the benefits of winning the award in 2019; “Every bit of exposure we got led to an increase in business, whether direct from consumers or from stockists. It’s very good if you are going on the investment trail. If you are calling somewhere, people are more likely to know you and you are more likely to be seen.”  It can even facilitate entry to overseas markets. “We are in 32 countries now and, when it comes to meetings with distributors, we find that in countries such as China, they love awards, so it’s a huge help.”

 


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