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Lark Bridal, who are supported by Local Enterprise Office Roscommon, were winners at this year’s National Enterprise Awards. The awards, which took place at the Round Room in the Mansion House in Dublin on 1st June, are in their 23rd year and run annually by the Local Enterprise Offices.


Lark Bridal, a Bridal Wear business based in Monksland, Athlone took home the West Region Award. It was founded in 2013 by Ruth Larkin, and has grown to exclusively distribute the world’s leading bridalwear brands globally.

Lark Bridal now supplies over 1000 outlets in 32 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Asia all from it’s base in County Roscommon.


They follow in the footsteps of Studio Meala from Boyle who also won the West Regional Award in 2022 and Lidan Designs from Roscommon town clinching the National Enterprise Future Focus Award in 2021.

Louise Ward, Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Roscommon said: “Lark Bridal is a very deserving winner of this year’s West Regional Enterprise Award and the team in Local Enterprise Office Roscommon are very proud of their achievements. We wish Ruth, Jason and their team every success as they continue to grow their world class business from County Roscommon. They epitomise the qualities of innovation, resilience, creativity and ambition that are necessary in all successful businesses.”


The overall winner at the National Enterprise Awards was Advanced Cosmetics who are based in Ballina and supported by Local Enterprise Office Mayo.  The “concept to shelf” manufacturing company was set up by cosmetic chemist Noreen Hackett in 2018, before launching to market in 2022.  The business has achieved significant success, securing contracts with some of the biggest brand names in the cosmetics industry.   


Announcing the award winners at the Mansion House, Minister Coveney said; “The National Enterprise Awards are the highlight of the small business and enterprise calendar.  Year on year the diversity of businesses and the standard of companies that are coming through the process is getting stronger.  We should not be surprised given the innovation and endurance that businesses have shown in the past couple years.  We have some outstanding winners but the finalists on the whole have been excellent, and this is very much the start of their journey.  We will ensure they continue to get the support they need to grow their businesses as small businesses in Ireland are at the core of every town, village and community and are vital to our economy.” 


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 National Enterprise Awards were established by the Local Enterprise Offices to celebrate the impact and quality of small businesses across the country and is 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. Established in 2014, the Local Enterprise Offices are the essential resource for any entrepreneur looking to start a business or any small business that is looking for support or advice to help them grow. Since their inception eight years ago, the Local Enterprise Offices have helped create over 25,000 jobs across the country. The LEOs work with thousands of client companies across Ireland in a diverse range of sectors offering mentoring, training, expert advice and financial supports to small businesses. For more information see

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