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National Enterprise Awards Final 25 May 2017

Press Release              Monday, May 8th 2017

Local company on “countdown” to National Enterprise Awards Final

Minister Mitchell O’ Connor announces names of all National Enterprise Award finalists, including the Local Enterprise Office Tipperary nominee

Geraldine Byrne T/a Mediskin from Neangh, has been officially announced by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D. as a finalist in this year’s National Enterprise Awards.

Organised by the Local Enterprise Offices, the 2017 National Enterprise Awards celebrate the achievements of Ireland’s top small businesses and micro-enterprises from all parts of Ireland in a showcase of enterprise, innovation and ambition at Dublin’s Mansion House on May 25th.

Announcing the finalists, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor said:“Last week, we saw that Ireland’s unemployment rate has dropped to a new low of 6.2%. This is hugely encouraging, and it is due to the hard work and dedication of enterprise heroes such as these local businesses who are quite rightly taking their place in the spotlight at the National Enterprise Awards on May 25th.”

The Minister added: “These innovative businesses are led by people who are serious about their ambition, who are taking real risks and making real sacrifices to achieve success, and they are making a huge contribution to their local communities and to the economy at large. It is very important that we mark their achievements. I wish all of the finalists the very best of luck in the Final on the 25th May.”

The Tipperary finalist, Gerladine Byrne set up Mediskin in 2014. Mediskin is now a multi award winning laser, skincare and wellbeing solutions provider based in Nenagh.  Geraldine is in the process o formulating and developing a range of skin care products under the MediSkin brand. Business services include medical aesthetic treatments to correct skin defects such as acne, pigmentation, broken veins and aging.

The other finalists this year are drawn from diverse business sectors, ice-cream making, software, language courses, cosmetics and mobile game development. The winners of this year’s National Enterprise Awards will be announced at the Mansion House in Dublin on Thursday, May 25th. Twelve awards will be presented including eight regional awards. The overall winner will receive €10,000 to invest in their business. Competition updates and results will be available through and by following #NEAwards on social media.


Speaking to the media, Rita Guinan, Head of Enterprise said: “Small business and micro-enterprises, including Mediskin are making an outstanding contribution to our local economy. Last year, nearly 3,700 new jobs were created by over 6,800 micro-enterprises supported by LEOs all over the country. These entrepreneurs are continuously looking to grow by developing new products and services and investing in export markets. The National Enterprise Awards help to recognise the contribution that small businesses and micro-enterprises make to our communities on a daily basis”

Last year’s winner, Applied Concepts in Birr, manufacture and export blast machines used in construction and renovation projects in countries such as Spain, Denmark and Chile.

The Local Enterprise Offices are co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020.


For all media enquiries,

Rita Guinan, Local Enterprise Office ,Tipperary County Council 

Ballingarrane House, Cahir Road, Clonmel . 052-6129466   Direct Line Nenagh : 0761 06 6574 or 087-9207700., .



The 2017 National Enterprise Awards, co-ordinated by the Local Enterprises,will take place on May 25that the Mansion House in Dublin (evening event). Social Media: #NEAwards.

NATIONAL FINALISTS IN 2017 (supported by their Local Enterprise Office)

             LEO Area & Company                                                                                                                   Website        


  • Carlow                                  McNally Denture Clinic                                                        
  • Cavan                                   Moran’s Megajam Ltd                                                          
  • Clare                                     Core Optimisation Ltd                                                          
  • Cork (City)                            Rebel Chilli                                                                          
  • Cork (North & West)            Enibas Jewellery                                                                 
  • Cork (South)                         Polar IceTech                                                                     
  • Donegal                                Sharon McDaid – Silver Birch Gallery & Studio                  
  • Dublin (City)                         Pink Kong Studios                                                              
  • Dublin (DLR)                        Moontour                                                                              
  • Dublin (Fingal)                     Hope Beer                                                                           
  • Dublin (South)                     Acutrace                                                                               
  • Galway (City)                       9th Impact                                                                            
  • Galway (County)                 IMS Marketing                                                                      
  • Kerry                                    Irish Host Family Ltd                                                             
  • Kildare                                 Broghies Ireland                                                                    
  • Kilkenny                              Greensbridge Engineering Ltd                                               
  • Laois                                    Infrastruct AMS Limited                                                         
  • Leitrim                                 Jinny’s Bakery                                                                        
  • Limerick                              Student Programmes Ireland Ltd                                            
  • Longford                             Purpledecks Ltd.                                                                     
  • Louth                                   Aphix Software Ltd                                                                  
  • Mayo                                    Monaghan Bros Bar Furniture Manufacturers Ltd                  
  • Meath                                   Hexafly                                                                                   
  • Monaghan                           RAMfit Ltd                                                                               
  • Offaly                                   Dezynamite                                                                            
  • Roscommon                        PJ Fallon & Son                                                                     
  • Sligo                                     Studyclix                                                                                
  • Tipperary                             MediSkin                                                                                
  • Waterford                            Pip and Pear Chilled Baby Food                                             
  • Westmeath                          Lift Hire Ireland                                                                       
  • Wexford                              Scup Gelato                                                                             
  • Wicklow                                                                                                   

Award Categories and Prize Fund – National Enterprise Awards 2017

  • Overall      Winner, National Enterprise Awards 2017 (Cash Prize for business: €10,000)
  • Best      Export Business(Cash Prize for business: €5,000)
  • Best      Start Up Business (Cash Prize for business: €5,000)
  • Innovation      Award (Cash Prize for business: €5,000)
  • Eight      Regional Winners (Cash Prize for business: €2,000 each)


    • Dublin City, Fingal, Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown and South Dublin
    • Kildare, Laois, Offaly and Westmeath
    • Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny
    • Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan
    • Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim and Longford
    • Galway, Mayo and Roscommon
    • Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Tipperary
    • Cork City, South Cork, Cork North & West and Waterford


Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) As part of a range of reforms carried out by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) in recent years, the 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) were established to provide a ‘first-stop shop’ system of enterprise supports to start-ups and small businesses across the country. Located in the Local Authorities, the LEOs are operated on a partnership basis by Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities and their parent Departments, DJEI and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. The LEOs provide funding for projects primarily in the manufacturing and internationally traded services sector which over time have the potential to develop into strong export entities. There are three main categories of grant under which direct financial assistance is provided – Priming, Feasibility and Business Expansion. The LEOs also provide training and mentoring support to entrepreneurs and businesses to assist business development and performance. Details on all the supports available for small businesses and micro-enterprises through all LEOs are available at