National Enterprise Awards 2024

A business from Mullingar is this year’s winner of the Westmeath Enterprise Award for 2024, Local Enterprise Office Westmeath has announced.


Paul O’Reilly and Paul Mahon of Watt Footprint Limited from Mullingar took the top prize of €5,000 and will now represent Local Enterprise Office Westmeath at the 24 National Enterprise Awards at the Round Room at the Mansion House in Dublin on the 23rd May 2024, where there are further prizes to be won.

Watt Footprint offer a one stop shop approach to delivering energy savings. From initial energy audit and delivery of upgrades to the measurement and verification of the savings. Watt Footprint have an in-house team of energy specialists including, energy engineers, energy auditors, metering specialists, software/technology experts and project managers.


Other winners at the Westmeath Enterprise Awards held at Sheraton Hotel included Peadar Coyle of Zeon Healthcare Ltd from Mullingar, which scooped 2nd place and a prize fund of €1,500.


Watt Footprint Ltd will now be competing against 30 other finalists from every local authority area for a share of the €35,000 winner’s prize fund as national judging gets underway in May.  Categories this year include ‘Best Export Business,’ ‘Best Start-Up’ and ‘Innovation,’ along with “One to Watch” and a “Sustainability / Green” award in addition to eight regional awards. 

Companies from Westmeath have enjoyed success in the National Enterprise Awards in the past. In 2020, Bevcraft Limited from Mullingar clinched the top prize of Overall Winner at the National Finals.

The Westmeath County Enterprise Awards took place as part of a very successful Local Enterprise Week programme of events.  There were over 300 physical events took place across the country, run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices from March 4th to 8th.


Speaking at the Westmeath Enterprise Awards Ceremony during Local Enterprise Week Christine Charlton, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Westmeath said: “It is not one week in the year we should be celebrating enterprise. In my position, I get to meet many entrepreneurs and small business every week that I admire. Running a business is not easy. Micro businesses and entrepreneurs represented here today provide valuable employment and their contribution to the economy needs to be highlighted, celebrated and rewarded every day but today is an opportunity for the Local Enterprise Office Westmeath to congratulate Entrepreneurs in the County and to recognise their hard work to make their business a success and acknowledge the contribution they are making to the economy.”

Seven other local businesses were also shortlisted this year, including:

CJC Marketing T/A Social Media Elite – Conor Cochrane          

Valoy Automation - Vanessa Loiola

Declan Murray T/A Skyfab                

Klaas Kickz Ltd – Mark Connaughton

DcodeDyslexia Ltd - Mary  Moran   

Maivjo Ltd T/A Tapitag – John McHugh         

Bon Chocolatiers Ltd – Georgia Quealy     


Among the special guests at the ceremony were An Cathaoirleach of Westmeath County Council Cllr. Liam McDaniel and Interim Chief Executive of Westmeath County Council Barry Kehoe. Members of the judging panel included Catherine Kane, Senior Enterprise Development Officer in Local Enterprise Office Longford, and Gordon Naughton of Tactive Commercial Advice Ltd.

Other high-profile events that took place during the week included the International Women in Business Day Regional Event in conjunction with the LEOs in Longford & Leitrim on March 8th in the Mullingar Park Hotel and the Student’s Enterprise Awards County Final on 6th March in the Golden Island Shopping Centre Athlone

Local Enterprise Week is organised every year by the Local Enterprise Offices and supported by Enterprise Ireland, local authorities and the Government of Ireland with over 300 events taking place nationwide this year.