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National Enterprise Award Nominees Revealed for 2015

National Enterprise Award Nominees Revealed for 2015

Local company, ECHO IT Ltd representing Local Enterprise Office Tipperary at 2015 National Enterprise Awards

National Enterprise Awards nominees

All county nominees competing at this year’s National Enterprise Awards have been revealed by the network of Local Enterprise Offices, including ECHO IT Ltd, C/o Donal Bray representing Tipperary.

The competition is now in its 18th year and has a €20,000 prize fund on offer, aiming to recognise the impressive achievements of small local businesses throughout the country. The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. will be announcing the overall winner on Thursday, June 11th at an awards ceremony at Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

In all, 31 nominees have been revealed, representing each of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) across every county in Ireland and small businesses from the world of food, drink, technology and construction dominate this year’s list. Interestingly, more than half of the nominees only started their business within the last five years.

ECHO IT Ltd, based in Nenagh, was established 2001 and is a national IT Support company and Internet Services Provider who deliver a comprehensive set of solutions enabling businesses to streamline their hardware and software efficiency. As an ISP, their unified communication model produces data and voice requirements from one source of service, saving time and money and introducing a stress free experience of technology.

The Head of Enterprise with Tipperary, Rita Guinan said: “Over the last number of years, our small business community has shown itself to be resilient, innovative and pro-active. Through the National Enterprise Awards, we can all celebrate their achievements, putting our local business success stories on the map.”

Kieran Comerford, the Chair of the Network of Local Enterprise Offices, feels that many small businesses have “turned a corner” over the past eighteen months, saying: “If you look at the number of extra jobs created by companies supported by the Local Enterprise Offices in 2014, you’ll see that just over 4,000 extra jobs were created that year, net. As the first stop shop for anyone thinking of starting a business or looking to grow their existing one, we’re seeing an increasing number of entrepreneurs and start-ups access supports through the LEO network.”

Previous winners of the National Enterprise Awards have included Irish Yogurts from West Cork, the Hot Irishman Irish Coffee from Carlow, Grouse Recording Studios from Westmeath and DesignPro from Limerick.

As part of the NEA programme this year, all nominees were invited to take part in a ‘Business Masterclass’ this week at the Heritage in Laois, to help them develop skills that will drive their businesses forward.

Further information around the supports available to small businesses is available through and updates around the National Enterprise Awards (NEA) are available by searching #NEAwards15 on social media.

The nominees for the 2015 National Enterprise Awards, organised by the Local Enterprise Offices, are (in no particular order):






Gerard Healy

Elemex (Elemex Ltd)

Design of heating systems and heating technology


Donal Bray

Echo IT Ltd (Echo IT Ltd)

Delivers smart I.T solutions


Mark Fleury

Fleury Engineering ( Fleury   Engineering Services)

Filtration and separation equipment   for removing contaminants from fuel, oil and water.


Martin & Gillian McGeough

Firefly Orthoses (Firefly Orthoses   Ltd)

Design, manufacture and distribution   of  Podiatric custom made foot and ankle orthoses

South Dublin

Garreth Sloan

ADSL (Advanced Draughting Services   Ltd.)

Draughting company, specialising in   architectural metalwork and structural steel    


Brian O' Donoghue

Virginia Medical Supplies Ltd.

Manufacture, wholesale and on-line   sale of medical supplies to pharmacies

Dublin City

Paul McDonald

Sonitus Systems (Sonitus System Ltd)

Automated noise monitoring   instrumentation


Niall Gannon

Gannon Eco (John Gannon Concrete Ltd)

Provides sustainable waste management   solutions, reprocessing waste materials

Galway City

Hilary Foley

Nua Naturals (FOCA Organics Ltd)

Health food business specialising in   gluten free, vegan and raw foods


Mark Bergin

Coffee House Lane (Coffee Warehouse   Ltd)

Authentic coffee roasters and   suppliers


Brendan Allen

Castlemine Farm (Castlemine Farm Ltd)

Selection of home-made cooked   products, supplied to wholesalers

Cork West

Ingrid De Doncker

E-Quiddity Limited

Providing companies with the best procurement   practices


Anne Behan

Aine Knitwear (McConnell Woollen   Mills)

Indigenous knitwear collections

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown

Jim Urell

Property Channel (Residential Utility   Management Ltd)

Managing transfer of utilities from   landlord-tenant/ seller-buyer


Barry Gallagher

Glendalough Distillery (Glendalough   Irish Whiskey Ltd)

Irish distillery, producing gin,   whiskey and Poitín

Cork City

Tracey Ryan

Bia Beauty Skincare (Bia Beauty   Skincare Ltd)

Producer of a range of 100% natural,   multi-tasking skincare products


Kathleen Irwin

Adora Flax (Adora Flax Co Ltd)

On-farm producer of flax oil, which   is certified organic.


Seamus McMahon

Brehon Brewhouse

Irish craft beer, made by hand


Pat O' Neill

O Neill's Dry Cure Bacon Co (O'Neills   Food Ltd)

Producers of dry cured bacon, by   hand.


Eamonn &Noel Farrell

N & E Precision Ltd (N&E   Precision Engineering Ltd)

Precision Engineering Services


Mark   Cotter, Emelyn Murray and Liam Holton

Future Ticketing (Future Ticketing Ltd)

Online e-Ticketing solutions


Angela Carney

Harvest Moon Foods

Wholefood artisan food producer


Linda Nolan

MyBio (My Bio Limited)

Supplier of research products,   technologies and knowledge to the Scientific Research Industry.

Dublin Fingal

Michael Rochford (Benchmark Fleet Services Ltd)

Supply of automotive data, via   cloud-based web services


Mick Kelly

Simply Workflow (Simply Workflow Ltd.)

Innovative workforce management system, to manage   mobile workforces

Cork South

Denis Coleman

Work Compass (Cognito HRM Ltd)

Online performance management   software

Galway County

Jerry McCarthy

Vision Built Manufacturing (Vision   Built Manufacturing Ltd )

Design, manufacture and installation   of innovative building structures


Richard LeVert

Kinnegar Brewing (Kinnegar Brewing Ltd.)

Production of clean, crisp, full   flavoured farmhouse beers


Ronan Kelly

Kelly's Mountain Brew (Kelly’s   Mountain Brew Ltd)

Award-winning independent craft beer brewery


Paul Sheehan

Unison Engineering Services Ltd (Unison   Engineering Services Ltd)

Development, manufacturing and installation of pasteurisers


Stephen Keane

The Primary Planet (The Primary   Planet Ltd.).

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