Cubbie, who are supported by Local Enterprise Office Mayo, were winners at this year’s National Enterprise Awards.
The awards, which took place at the Mansion House in Dublin, are in their 23 rd year and run annually by the Local
Enterprise Offices.

Cubbie took home the Innovation award. The installation, which is in over 200 schools across Ireland, enables
students with neurodiversity or sensory challenges to regulate their senses with a bespoke programme to ensure
their learning and academic experience is not adversely affected.

John Magee, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Mayo said: “We are delighted that the significant work
of Cubbie has been recognised on a national stage. We are very proud of Cubbie and look forward to watching the
business grow and develop on the future”.

The overall winner at the National Enterprise Awards was Wicklow aquaculture and offshore wind company,
Aqualicense. Established in 2019 by Kate Dempsey the company has gone from strength to strength.
The company engages in consultation, planning, legal compliance and project delivery on behalf of companies in the
aquaculture and offshore renewable energy industries.

They expanded their operations into the highly regulated offshore renewable energy sector in 2021 which has helped
the company grow considerably and they are now looking to expand their expertise into new markets internationally.
Several other companies won across a range of categories at the Awards, which were established by the Local
Enterprise Offices to celebrate the impact and quality of small businesses across the country.

The Best Start-Up category was won by Acoustic Interiors supported by Local Enterprise Office Offaly. The
business improves the health, wellbeing and productivity of people through intelligent acoustic design and fit-out of
homes, offices and buildings.The Green/Sustainability Award went to Cirtex, supported by Local Enterprise Office Longford. The company
have created a closed-loop manufacturing business that upcycles the materials from duvets and mattresses, most of
which are imported, to be reused in new products. The Best Export category was won by Professional Hair Labs supported by Local Enterprise Office Wexford. The family run business is a manufacturer and distributor of cosmetic products including GHOSTBOND, the world’s leading product for hair adhesive solutions.

Finally, the One to Watch Award was taken by Streat School supported by Local Enterprise Office Monaghan. The
business provides an end-to-end solution for those looking to enter the street food business, providing equipment,
workshops and branding materials.
This year’s winners share a €50,000 investment fund and eight regional winners were also announced on the night.
Those winners are –

  • Farmony in the Dublin Region (backed by LEO Fingal)
  • Torpey in the South West Region (backed by LEO Clare)
  • Salutem Insights in the Mid East Region (backed by LEO Laois)
  • SmartRoutes in the South Region (backed by LEO Cork City)
  • FeedAlpha in the South East Region (backed by LEO Carlow)
  • Tantek 4D in the North West Region (backed by LEO Sligo)
  • Aine’s Chocolate in the North East Region (backed by LEO Cavan)
  • Studio Meala in the West Region (backed by LEO Roscommon)

There was also an Outstanding Achievement Award presented on the night to an individual or company who has
excelled in recent years. This award went to ABC Nutritionals from Clare. The Shannon based business,
established in 2007 are a private label manufacturer of sports, weight management and lifestyle nutrition products.
They have double their workforce and turnover since 2018 with 68 now employed and hope to reach 100 by 2025
with a new facility in development.

Previous winners of the National Enterprise Awards include Irish Yoghurts (1998), Obelisk (2000), Simtech Aviation
(2008), Digiweb (2004) and Design Pro (2013), Terra NutriTech (2018) and Pestle & Mortar (2019). The last winners
in 2021 were Bevcraft, who were supported by Local Enterprise Office Westmeath. Europe’s only mobile canning
company have gone from strength to strength since winning the award, opening new hubs across the continent.
The National Enterprise Awards are one of a number of initiatives that the Local Enterprise Offices run, to foster
entrepreneurship across the country. Others include Local Enterprise Week, the Student Enterprise Programme,
National Women’s Enterprise Day and Local Enterprise Showcase. The Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities
are funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland.