2022 National Enterprise Awards

Building on the success of the previous twenty-two years of the National Enterprise Awards, the Local Enterprise Offices are now launching the 2022 National Enterprise Awards. The awards recognise and promotes the success stories of small business owners from all over the country. In addition to enjoying extensive media coverage, National Finalists will compete for a prize fund of €51,000.

The aim of the National Enterprise Awards is to showcase, encourage and support a culture of enterprise and entrepreneurship in our communities, to promote entrepreneurship and to showcase, encourage and to celebrate the achievement of clients of Local Enterprise Offices.

Local Enterprise Office Mayo is now seeking Expressions of Interest for this prestigious competition, by emailing info@leo.mayococo.ie. Expressions of Interest must comprise of a Current Business Plan, and up to date Financial Statements. 


Eligibility Criteria for Applicants:

The 2022 National Enterprise Awards Competition will be open to the following:

The applicant must be a CURRENT client of LEO Mayo or transferred to Enterprise Ireland within the last 12 months (after December 31st, 2020).

All businesses must be involved in internationally traded services or manufacturing and have qualified for one or more of the following:

  • Measure 1 Financial Support (Feasibility Study, Priming and Expansion Grants)

  • LEO Innovation Investment Fund (LIIF) Support

  • Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) Winners

  • TAME Support

  • Completed a LEAN Programme.

All entrants must employ ten or less employees, employed on a full-time equivalent basis as at 31/12/2021.

Previous finalists are eligible to enter.

Information on Competition Stages: 

  1. Initial Expressions of Interest now open.

  2. Closing Date for Expressions of Interest to LEO Mayo: 4pm, February 25th, 2022 by email to info@leo.mayococo.ie or by post/hand delivered to the address below.

  3. Final submission date for Overall County Finalist application to online platform: March 25th, 2022.

  4. National Adjudication will take place over the following dates: May 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 2022 in Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar, County Westmeath.

5. Overall County Finalist will progress to the National Enterprise Awards Final on June 2nd, 2022 in the Mansion House, Dublin.

Soft copies of Expressions of Interest comprising of a Current Business Plan and up to date Financial Statements must be emailed to info@.leo.mayococo.ie by 4pm, February 25th, 2022.  Alternatively, post or hand deliver to:


National Enterprise Awards 2022, 

Local Enterprise Office Mayo, 

Mayo House, 



County Mayo.

All fully completed EOIs received from eligible enterprises by Friday, February 25th, 2022 will be reviewed.