2023 National Enterprise Awards

Building on the success of the previous twenty years plus of the National Enterprise Awards, the Local Enterprise Offices are now launching the 2023 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.

cubbie mayo

2022 National Enterprise Innovation Award Winner, David McIntyre, Cubbie, County Mayo.

Eligibility Criteria for Applicants:

The 2023 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 (i.e. after 31st December, 2021).

All businesses must be involved in internationally traded services or manufacturing and have typically received Measure 1 Funding (Feasibility Study, Priming and Expansion Grants) and qualified for one or more of the following:

  • Mentoring/Training
  • Trading Online Voucher/Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters Support
  • Completed a LEAN/Green/Digital Start programme

All entrants must employ ten or less employees, employed on a full-time equivalent basis as at 31/12/2022.

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 17th, 2023 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 31st ,2023.
  4. National Adjudication will take place over the following dates: 19/20th April – NewPark Hotel – Kilkenny and 26th / 27th April – Mullingar Park Hotel, Westmeath.
  5. Overall County Finalist will progress to the National Enterprise Awards Final on June 1st, 2023 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 17th, 2023. Alternatively, post or hand deliver to:

National Enterprise Awards 2023,
Local Enterprise Office Mayo,
Mayo House,
County Mayo.

All fully completed EOIs received from eligible enterprises by Friday, February 17th, 2023 will be