Culture of Entrepreneurship


Encouraging and promoting an enterprise culture will continue to be an important area of activity for Mayo Local Enterprise Office. The approach to be taken by Mayo Local Enterprise Office will include working with young people and other sections of the population with the potential for additional entrepreneurial development.

National Enterprise Awards

Big Red Bard, National Enterprise AwardsThe National Enterprise Awards have been running since the late 1990s to celebrate the achievements of Ireland’s micro-enterprise sector. The Awards recognise and celebrate the success stories of small business owners from all over the country.

The competition has a prize fund of €40,000 and aims to celebrate the success of Ireland’s small businesses and micro-enterprises. There are twelve awards, including eight new regional trophies and the overall winner will receive €10,000 to invest in their business.

In 2016 the winner of the Mayo award was Donal Byrne from the Big Red Barn.  The Big Red Barn is a manufacturer and provider of the newest Portable Modular Structures on the market. These include major event structures and a modular chapel. Based in County Mayo, they have recently established a partnership agreement for the UK market and similar contracts are under discussion with prospects all over the world.  Donal went on to represent Mayo at the national finals.  John Magee, Head of Mayo Enterprise (Acting), from the Local Enterprise Office congratulated the local winners, saying:

“Big Red Barn Ltd won this Regional Award in recognition of what they have achieved since setting up the business. With a growing client base, the company is well-placed to enjoy even more success in the years to come.”

National Women’s Enterprise Day

National Women’s Enterprise Day aims to inspire, motivate and support women across the country in running their own business. The Day strives to encourage more women to set up their own businesses and to increase national recognition of the essential role played by Ireland’s female entrepreneurs.

National Women’s Enterprise Day consists of a variety of developmental support actions, including inspiring speakers, information provision, exhibition of state supports for enterprise, facilitated business networking and one to one business mentoring.

Successful businesswomen share their experiences with start-up companies and fledgling businesses at this two day event. The benefit for the entrepreneurs attending is that they can access everything they need to know about setting up a business or expanding a business over two days. Participants come away from the event inspired, informed and motivated to fully exploit their potential as entrepreneurs.

Local Enterprise Office Mayo will be working to encourage participation from Mayo in the 2016 National Women's Enterprise Day, which is taking place on Oct 19th, so please contact the office if you are interested in getting involved.