National Enterprise Awards

National Enterprise Awards 2018


The National Enterprise Awards will take place in Dublin during May 2018 and the South Dublin Local Enterprise Office is now launching 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. In addition to enjoying extensive media coverage, National Finalists will compete for a Prize Fund of €41,000. The National Enterprise Awards competition is open to small businesses that have received financial support from the Local Enterprise Office.

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 Wednesday 7th March 2018. The Awards Ceremony is a celebration of the diverse range of businesses in the County, and a great Networking event. The winners will be presented with specially commissioned awards, monetary prizes and Certificates of achievement with a total Prize Fund of €12,500.

The application process is as follows:

Applications in by the deadline of 27/2/2018

  • Judges Assessment
  • County final on 07/03/2017
  • Overall winner sent to National Final, 24th May 2018 (Prize Fund of €41,000)
  • National Judging Weeks commencing 9th and 16th April 2018 (Venue to be confirmed)

The Awards Categories are;

  • Overall Winner (to be sent to the National Finals): €5,000
  • Export Award: €2,500
  • Best Start-Up: €2,500
  • Innovation Award: €2,500
  • 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 2018”

For more information, please contact Sandra Hickey at or on 01-414 9000 extn. 3133.

The Deadline for Applications for NEA 2018 is 5 p.m on Friday 23rd February 2018.