Mayo company finalist in National Small Business Awards

Posted in Connect on December 6, 2018.


THE finalists in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2019 have been officially announced by Sue O’Neill, SFA chair and chair of the SFA Awards judging panel.

The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to Irish industry.

Included in the 38 companies selected as finalists, across eigh categories, are Mayo-based Big Red Barn, who have been shortlisted in the manufacturing category.

Commented Sue O’Neill: “The response to the awards programme serves as a reminder that Irish small companies are resilient, putting their best foot forward and seeking recognition for their efforts.

As well as our seven award categories we also feature five of the best Emerging New Businesses (less than two years established) and I must say that given the quality of the businesses represented this year, entrepreneurship is alive and well in Ireland.

The SFA National Small Business Awards are now entering their 15th year and are a celebration of the achievements of the 245,000 small firms in Ireland, who collectively employ 700,000 people, half the private sector workforce.

The awards aim to promote excellence, achievement and innovation amongst small businesses in all sectors and parts of the country. The companies that have been announced as finalists this year represent all that is good about small business.”

The awards prize package for all finalists includes participation in the SFA Business Connect event in February, a strategic management masterclass weekend, as well as broad-ranging national and local media coverage, all valued at €50,000. Finalists also receive five complementary tickets to the gala prize giving ceremony which will take place in the RDS in February 2019 when the category winners and overall winner will be announced.

The category winners will be presented with a trophy and free membership of the Small Firms Association for one year. The overall winner will also receive a bursary of €5,000 to present to a charity of their choice (funded by the 2013 overall winner, Megazyme International Ireland).

Connaught Telegraph, 5th December 2018

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