Success for Westmeath company at National Enterprise Awards

Success for Westmeath company at National Enterprise Awards

Mid-East Regional Award won by Local Enterprise Office-backed company as ‘20 Years of Winners’ are celebrated at National Enterprise Awards in the Mansion House


Bvvcraft Ltd trading as Irish Craft Canning in Westmeath has won the ‘Mid-East Regional Award’ at the 2018 National Enterprise Awards in a competition organised by the Local Enterprise Offices at the Mansion House, Dublin yesterday evening (May 24th).

Backed by Local Enterprise Office Westmeath, Ciarán Gorman and Darren Fenton set up the company in 2016 to provide processing and packaging services to the Irish Craft Beverage sector, including mobile contract canning. This service enables beverage producers to have their product canned on site using a choice of printed, labelled, or shrink sleeved cans.

The announcement was made yesterday evening in the Mansion House by the Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen T.D. The Minister also presented awards to ‘Terra Liquid Minerals’ for the overall title (supported by LEO Kildare) and ‘Get The Shifts Ltd’ for Best Start-Up (supported by LEO Clare). The Best Export award, which was sponsored by Enterprise Europe Network, was won by ‘Burren Precast Concrete’ (supported by LEO Carlow) and ‘Cyc-lok Ltd’ won the Innovation award (supported by LEO Laois).

Congratulating the local winners, Christine Charlton with Local Enterprise Office Westmeath said: “The National Enterprise Awards are an annual celebration of the achievements of Ireland’s small businesses and Irish Craft Canning are very deserving winners of this award, because of the impact that they have already made on their sector. This award recognises that their services have international appeal and Local Enterprise Office Westmeath is proud to have supported them along their journey to success.”

Minister Breen said: “The National Enterprise Awards are a fitting way to recognise the contribution of Ireland’s most innovative, strategic and adaptive businesses, and to put their success stories into the national spotlight as an example to others.  I would like to congratulate all the micro-enterprises and small businesses that are being celebrated here tonight.  This year’s winners, like all those in previous years, represent the backbone of Ireland’s enterprise success and contribute hugely to the economic vibrancy of their respective regions.  All this year’s finalists and winners have been supported by my Department through the Local Enterprise Office network.  I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and vision of the network, and would encourage those with business ideas to get in touch with their local office for expert guidance and advice.”

The Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities celebrated ‘20 Years of Winners’ at this year’s National Enterprise Awards, which was originally set up in 1998 to celebrate the achievements of Ireland’s micro-enterprises and small businesses.

According to a survey by the Local Enterprise Offices, previous winners of the National Enterprise Awards now employ 832 people and generate €131 million in sales annually, including €58 million worth of export sales to 52 countries. 11 former winners, such as Irish Yogurts, Obelisk and DigiWeb, scaled-up their businesses since winning a National Enterprise Award to become Enterprise Ireland clients.

The full list of winners at the 2018 National Enterprise Awards were as follows:

Overall Winner National Enterprise Awards 2018 (Cash Prize for business: €10,000)     Terra Liquid Minerals, backed by Local Enterprise Office Kildare - smart liquid mineral injection system provider

Best Start Up Business (Cash Prize for business: €5,000)     Get the Shifts Ltd, backed by Local Enterprise Office Clare - skilled, temporary hospitality staff

Best Export Business (Cash Prize for business: €5,000)     Burren Precast Concrete, backed by Local Enterprise Office Carlow - attenuation and flood alleviation tanks manufacturer

Innovation Award (Cash Prize for business: €5,000)     Cyc-lok Ltd, backed by Local Enterprise Office Laois - suppliers of access-controlled bike parking lockers

Regional Awards: (Cash Prize for business: €2,000 each)

DUBLIN: Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin  WeBringg, backed by Local Enterprise Office Fingal - 90-minute online sales delivery service

SOUTH WEST: Clare, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary  Horizon Offsite Ltd, backed by Local Enterprise Office Tipperary - light-gauge steel building system  

MID-EAST: Kildare, Laois, Offaly and Westmeath   Irish Craft Canning, backed by Local Enterprise Office Westmeath - Irish craft beverage process and packaging services

SOUTH: Cork City, Cork North & West, South Cork and Waterford  Blackwater Distillery, backed by Local Enterprise Office Waterford - Irish distillery famous for gin

SOUTH EAST: Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow  Asistec, backed by Local Enterprise Office Wicklow - solutions for cell storage and growth

NORTH WEST: Donegal, Leitrim, Longford and Sligo Niche Specialist Staffing Partners, backed by Local Enterprise Office Donegal - international recruitment firm for construction estimators

NORTH EAST: Cavan, Louth, Meath and Monaghan Avail, backed by Local Enterprise Office Cavan - mobile healthcare solution for those with learning difficulties

WEST: Galway, Mayo and Roscommon   Joint-It, backed by Local Enterprise Office Galway - ready-mixed jointing compound manufacturer

Details on the Local Enterprise Office supports available for small businesses are available at, and funding for the Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities is provided by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland.


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