Mayo Entrepreneurs Win Innovation Award At Westmeath Enterprise Award 2019

Posted in Connect on March 8, 2019.


 Mayo man Alan Heaney along with business partner Niall McGauran won the Innovation Award for their business Efficient Farm Solutions Ltd at the Westmeath Enterprise Awards which took place in the Annebrook House Hotel, Mullingar on March 7th.

Efficient Farm Solutions Ltd (EFS Ltd) is a Westmeath Agri-tech company involved in the assembly, installation, commissioning, start up and service support of robotic milking, feeding and cleaning equipment. Their customers are both full-time and part-time Irish dairy & beef farmers who want to improve performance and save labour through the use of farm automation.

Alan Heaney, together with business partner Niall Mc Gauran have agricultural degrees from UCD, and MBA qualifications from TCD in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Management Institute, and  collectively have over 25 years experience in export sales and global business from a young age. In June 2012, they established EFS Ltd and have not looked back since. Alongside EFS Ltd, they also run another Agri-Tech business that specialise in animal health monitoring and are in the middle of developing some of our own tech devices to help farmers increase production, save time and reduce labour.

A power washing business from Mullingar was Westmeath’s Overall winner on the night. Enda and Syl Geoghegan of Exterior Building Cleaning Ltd T/a Power Washing Ireland took the top prize of €2,500  and will now represent Local Enterprise Office Westmeath at the 21st National Enterprise Awards on Wednesday 29th May in the Mansion House in Dublin.

Other winners at the Westmeath Enterprise Awards held at Annebrook House Hotel on Thursday March 7th included Elaine Allen of A Slice of Life Catering who took home the Best Start Up Award.

Judging is taking place in April and May and Exterior Building Cleaning Ltd T/a Power Washing Ireland 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.

The Westmeath Enterprise Awards, by the Local Enterprise Office Westmeath are taking place as part of Local Enterprise Week 2019.  There are over 370 events taking place across the country for this year’s Local Enterprise Week, being organised by the network of Local Enterprise Offices nationwide.

Speaking during Local Enterprise Week Christine Charlton, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Westmeath said: “Power Washing Ireland has already become a success story and the judges were particularly impressed by their business strategy and their success in domestic markets. The National Enterprise Awards are a great barometer for what the Local Enterprise Offices are doing and every year the standard is getting better and better and we are delighted to have Power Washing Ireland representing us in Dublin in May.”

5 other local Westmeath businesses were also shortlisted this year, and they were Conor Cochrane of Social Media Elite, Geoff Allen of Mersus Technologies, Paul Comiskey of Socrates Workforce Solutions, Tao Cui of OneFam  and Michéal Coughlan of Intersearch Ireland.

Among the special guests at the ceremony were Pat Gallagher, Chief Executive of Westmeath County Council, An Cathaoirleach, Cllr. John Dolan and Cllr. Una D’Arcy and Deputy Peter Burke. Members of the judging panel included Nuala Anne Curley of Mullingar Chamber, Bernie Leavy of Westmeath Community Development and Marie Manning of Manning Financial.

The awards were just one of the many highlights of Local Enterprise Week, which comes to an end on March 8th. All over the country, the 31 Local Enterprise Offices have been jointly running over 370 events aimed at start-ups, aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses in their area, to mark the week.

Other high-profile events during Local Enterprise Week included Women Making It Happen Event to mark International Women’s Day on March 8th and the Money Matters Seminar & Networking Event aimed at informing Westmeath entrepreneurs of avenues of funding they can avail of to help grow their business.

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