National Enterprise Awards 2016

National Enterprise Awards 2016

The National Enterprise Awards will take place in Dublin during May 2016 and the South Dublin Local Enterprise Office is now organising the County Competition to identify South Dublin’s best micro enterprise. The County Winner will go forward to represent South Dublin in the National Finals and compete against 31 winning firms from around the country. 

The Awards - organised by the National network of Local Enterprise Offices - celebrate the achievements of Ireland’s micro-enterprise sector. The awards recognise and celebrate the success stories of small business owners from all over the country. 

County Competition

The Local Enterprise Office South Dublin has a prize fund of over €6,000, made up as follows: 

  • 1st prize -  €2,500       County Winner  plus €500 for either further training or mentoring
  •  2nd prize - €1,000      plus €500 for either further training or mentoring
  •  3rd prize -    €500       plus €250 for further training or mentoring

In addition there is a further €500 prize plus €500 in further training or mentoring for the winner of most innovative category.

The South Dublin winner will go on to compete in the Dublin Regional Final as well as the National Final in May 2016, with a prize fund of up to €20,000 available.


The National Enterprise Awards competition is open to small businesses that have received support from the former CEBs or the LEO.

Eligible businesses will employ ten or less staff and previous County winners may re-enter. The South Dublin County Enterprise Awards Ceremony will take place on March 11th 2016. The Awards Ceremony is a celebration of the diverse range of businesses in the County, and a great Networking event. 

The application process is as follows:

If you wish to enter, the NEA Application Form, a Business Plan, together with the most recent set of financial statements can be emailed to, under the subject line “NEA 2016”


For more information, please contact Dónal O’Connell at or on 01-414 9000 extn. 3355.

The Deadline for Applications for NEA 2016 is 4 pm Friday 26th February 2016