Finalists announced for National Enterprise Awards

The small businesses that have reached the National Enterprise Awards on June 9th have been announced, which includes a local company from Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo.

Thousands of small businesses from across the country were supported by Local Enterprise Offices in the Local Authorities Network last year and 32 of those businesses have now reached the National Final.

The announcement was made by The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D.

Mayo Finalist

The nominee for Local Enterprise Office Mayo is Donal Byrne of Big Red Barn Ltd which designs and manufactures modular structures that are 100% Irish. The company also specialises in event structures that come complete with a bar, stage, flooring, furniture and lighting and other accessories required for any event.

The competition has a prize fund of €40,000 and was set up two decades ago to celebrate Ireland’s small businesses and micro-enterprises.  Representatives from Local Enterprise Office Mayo and Mayo County Council will be supporting the local finalists at the Aviva Stadium in June, and the company is headed up by Donal Byrne.

Twelve awards will be presented on the night including eight new regional trophies and the overall winner will receive €10,000 to invest in their business.

Former winners have included MyBio, Irish Yoghurts, Innovate, Grouse Recording Studios, Simtech Aviation and Design Pro.
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