National Enterprise Awards 2018

Local Enterprise Office invites entries for the 2018 National Enterprise Awards!

The National Enterprise Awards will take place in Dublin during May 2018 and the LEO Kildare is now organising the County Competition to identify Kildare’s best micro enterprise. The County Winner will go forward to represent Kildare in the National Finals and compete against 31 winning firms from around the country.

The National Enterprise Awards was introduced in 1997 and recognises the contribution that small businesses make to the Irish economy. The National Enterprise Awards competition is open to small businesses that have received grant support from the former CEBs or the LEO.

Eligible businesses will employ 10 or less staff and previous County winners may re-enter.

The county competition will take place on 6th March 2018 at a Business Networking Event as part of Enterprise Week 2018. The winners will be presented with specially commissioned awards, monetary prizes and Certificates of achievement with a total Prize Fund of €5,000. The overall winner will receive Euro €2,000.

The Awards Ceremony is a celebration of the diverse range of businesses in the County, and a great Networking event.

The application process is as follows: Expressions of Interest  submitted to by 8th February 2018

Expression of Interest should contain:

  • Business Name
  • Address
  • Year Started
  • Current Level of Staff
  • 100 Word Description

The expression of interest will then be evaluated by the LEO to establish eligibility and an invitation to complete a full application will issue.

A Mentor will be appointed by Kildare LEO to provide assistance with your application. 


  • Submission of Application: 5pm Monday 26th February 2018

  • Judging: 2nd March 2018

  • Awards Ceremony: 6th March 2018, Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Applicants must complete an application form and forward together with a current Business Plan and set of up to date financial statements to Local Enterprise Office, Kildare County Council, Aras Chill Dara, Naas, County Kildare. If you would like more information or an expression of interest form for the National Enterprise Awards please contact Phyllis Donohoe, Business Advisor by phone 045 -980838 or via e-mail