Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny announces the County Recipient of the National Enterprise Awards.

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Pictured at the presentation of the Kilkenny Local Enterprise Award from L to R: Robert Downes, Mindaclient; Alva Kenny Mindaclient; Lar Power, CE Kilkenny County Council; Aileen McGrath Acting Head of Enterprise; Cllr. Michael Doyle, Cathaoirleach, Kilkenny County Council, Brian Kelly, Mindaclient;, Sorcha Dalton, Mindaclient  & Sean McKeown, Director of Services, Kilkenny County Council

Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny announces the County Recipient of the National Enterprise Awards.


A Kilkenny City based software business, Mindaclient, will represent County Kilkenny at the National Enterprise Awards. This long established, export business has been nominated to represent Kilkenny at the 24th National Enterprise Awards which will be held in the Round Room at the Mansion House, Dublin on May 23rd. The operation has grown from directors Brian Kelly and Robert Downes to now having nine full time employees. 

MindaClient is a Kilkenny based software platform that provides tailored solutions to businesses and organisations. Their key products are Scholarship management, Counselling software systems, tailored CRM solutions. They trade locally, nationally and internationally. 

Mindaclient have availed of Local Enterprise Office grant assistance which has supported the growth and development of the business over the years. In recent times, they have completed one to one mentoring programmes and the Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters grant to support their expansion in the export market. 

The Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council Cllr. Michael Doyle made a presentation to the Directors of Mindaclient and said: “We would like to congratulate Brian, Robert and the Mindaclient team on their achievements to date and wish them all the best in the next stages of the competition”. He added “The National Enterprise Awards provides an opportunity to highlight the achievements and contribution of small business and showcase their success. These enterprises are based in our cities, local towns and rural communities and are making strides in, employment, new product development, environmental protection and innovation”.

Commenting on the importance of supporting small businesses to consider export markets Aileen McGrath, Acting Head of Enterprise with the Local Enterprise Office said ‘’Mindaclient are a shining example of a local businesses globalising and reaching into international markets with their software all from their base in Kilkenny with a broad range of customers from local charities to international education providers’’. 

Further details about the supports available to local start-ups and small businesses are available through www.localenterprise.ie/kilkenny 

Updates around local companies competing at the National Enterprise Awards are available by searching #NEAwards on social media.


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