Coatek wins County Enterprise Award

Coatek Ltd wins County Enterprise Award for 2018

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

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A manufacturing business from Gorey has won the County Enterprise Award for 2018.

The top prize of €2,500 went to Hugh Kenny, Owner of Coatek Ltd in Gorey, who will now represent Local Enterprise Office Wexford at the National Enterprise Awards, which celebrates its 20th anniversary on May 24th.

Coatek is a family run business which specialises in the supply and installation of Solar/Anti-Glare window film, Privacy, Energy Saving, Safety & UV Window Films and Privacy/Decorative films for both commercial and residential settings nationwide. They currently employ 10 full-time staff.

Judging is taking place in April and Coatek 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 Local Enterprise Week Tom Banville, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Wexford said: “Coatek Ltd has already become a success story and the judges were particularly impressed by their success in the domestic market and their use of innovation and technology and have now just secured their first contract in London.  As Local Enterprise Offices celebrate twenty years of the National Enterprise Awards in 2018, Wexford are proud to be represented by Coatek Ltd in this extra special year.”

The award was presented by An Cathaoirleach, Cllr. John Hegarty.  Hugh stated that “we are absolutely delighted to win this award and to be going forward to represent Wexford at the National Awards.  It’s a great honour for Martina and I and all in Coatek and we would to thank the Local Enterprise Office for all of their assistance over the years and to our dedicated team of staff who work diligently for us all of the time always with a great sense of professionalism. Most especially to all our loyal customers many of whom have been with us since our foundation in 2004, thank you.  Coatek has grown substantially over the past number of years and we have a lot of plans to expand further both in Ireland and in the UK and hopefully mainland Europe now that we have secured our first major contract in London.”

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.