Rathcoole Healthy Food Company Wins South Dublin County Enterprise Award for 2018

Press Release                                                                        Thursday 8th March 2018

County Enterprise Awards one of many highlights during ‘Local Enterprise Week’

A healthy food business based in Greenogue, Rathcoole has won the South Dublin County Enterprise Award for 2018.

The top prize of €5,000 went to Joanne & James Davey of Absolute Nutrition in Rathcoole, who will now represent Local Enterprise Office South Dublin on May 24th in the Mansion House in Dublin at the National Enterprise Awards, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Absolute Nutrition are the producers of award winning paleo, protein & high energy snacks and treats from their new customised 4,000 square feet production facility in Greenogue Business Park.  Currently employing seven staff, they will be adding two more staff in the coming months as their range of original recipe protein balls, energy bombs, raw bites and brownies provide healthier snacking option with powerful superfood nourishment for more and more customers.

Other winners at the awards ceremony, held in County Hall, Tallaght included:

  • Best Innovation: John Maguire of Sensation Audio in Tallaght,
  • Best Export: Michael Higgins of Speedpin based in Clondalkin, and,
  • Best Start-Up: Sarah Kiely of Sadie’s Kitchen in Tallaght who won Best Start Up.

Judging for the National Enterprise Awards is taking place in April and Absolute Nutrition will be competing against 30 other finalists from every local authority area for a share of the €40,000 prize fund. The Mansion House in Dublin is the venue for awards ceremony in May and categories this year include ‘Best Export Business,’ ‘Best Start Up Business’ and ‘Innovation,’ in addition to eight regional awards.

Speaking during the awards ceremony as part of Local Enterprise Week Colm Ward, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office South Dublin said: “Absolute Nutrition has already become a success story and the judges were particularly impressed by continued jobs expansion as well as increasing sales traction and market coverage.  As Local Enterprise Offices celebrate twenty years of the National Enterprise Awards in 2018, South Dublin are proud to be represented by Absolute Nutrition in this extra special year.”

Among the special guests at the ceremony were Deputy Mayor of South Dublin, Cllr. Breda Bonner, Cllr. Charlie O’Connor (Chair of the Economic, Enterprise & Tourism Strategic Policy Committee of South Dublin County Council), Frank Nevin, Director of Economic Development with South Dublin County Council and Eoghan Hanrahan, Dublin Regional Director with Enterprise Ireland along with Ivan Yates from Newstalk & TV3 and John Kavanagh (owner SBG & coach of Conor McGregor).

The awards were just one of the many highlights of Local Enterprise Week, which comes to an end on March 9th. All over the country, the 31 Local Enterprise Offices have been jointly running over 300 events aimed at start-ups, aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses in their area, to mark the week.

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Best Start Up Winner Sarah Kiely (Sadie's Kitchen) with Colm Ward & Deputy Mayor of South Dublin Cllr. Breeda Bonner

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Caolan Cullen & Rob Rowe (Safety Squad) with John Kavanagh

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Colm Ward, Head of Enterprise, LEO South Dublin speaks at the South Dublin Local Enterprise Awards

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Colm Ward, Ivan Yates, Deputy Mayor Cllr. Breeda Bonner, John Kavanagh, Frank Nevin

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Export Business Award Winner Michael Higgins (Speedpin Ltd.) with Colm Ward (LEO South Dublin) & Deputy Mayor Cllr. Breda Bonner

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Most Innovative Award winner John Maguire (Sensation Audio) with Colm Ward (LEO South Dublin) & Deputy Mayor Cllr. Breda Bonner

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Most Innovative Award winner John Maguire (Sensation Audio) with Colm Ward (LEO South Dublin) & Deputy Mayor Cllr. Breda Bonner

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Overall Winners Joanne & James Davey (Absolute Nutrition) on stage with Ivan Yates

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Ivan Yates talks on stage at the South Dublin Local Enterprise Awards

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Ivan Yates talks on stage at the South Dublin Local Enterprise Awards

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Ivan Yates talks on stage at the South Dublin Local Enterprise Awards

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Ivan Yates talks on stage with Aidan McDonnell & John Lynch from Acutrace Ltd

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John Kavanagh on stage with Ivan Yates at the South Dublin Local Enterprise Awards

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John Kavanagh on stage with Ivan Yates at the South Dublin Local Enterprise Awards

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Courtney Maxwell, Aisling Brerton,Paul Philips, Stephen Philips, Amy Cross (all from Peachtree East) with Ivan Yates

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Toni Walsh, Rob Rowe,Teresa Harford & Carole Cromer at the South Dublin Local Enterprise Awards

 

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