Mayo company wins Regional Enterprise Award

Posted in Connect on June 5, 2019.


Skillko in Westport has won the award for the West Region at this year’s National Enterprise Awards, organised by the Local Enterprise Offices to celebrate Ireland’s best small businesses.

Skillko is an software as a service company with a next generation training platform. They create an open marketplace for businesses and training suppliers to connect, network and transact in a smart, efficient way, saving both parties time and money. Skillko removes 85% of training administration and ensures compliance with their dedicated app. They have packages that fits any size of business.

Pat Breen T.D., Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, made the announcement in front of 230 guests in the Mansion House in Dublin this week (May 29th).

Presenting the awards on stage, he said: “I want to pay tribute to all the winners and finalists in this year’s National Enterprise Awards. Their drive, determination and passion for building successful businesses and creating local jobs is what this competition is all about. 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.  The Government, through the Local Enterprise Offices, will continue to play its part in helping to prepare small business for the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Congratulating the local winners, John Magee, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Mayo said: “Skillko are very deserving winners of this year’s Regional Enterprise Award and the team in Local Enterprise Office Mayo are very proud of their achievements. We wish them every continued success as they continue to grow their world class business from County Mayo.”

A skincare company, Pestle & Mortar, won the overall title this year (backed by LEO Kildare); Clean Cut Meals, which makes and delivers portion-controlled healthy meals, won the ‘Best Start-Up Business’ award (backed by LEO Galway), the ‘Best Export Business’ award went to Kilkenny-based Mechanical Modular Solutions (backed by LEO Kilkenny), and an ice-cream manufacturer in Cavan, Ice Cream Treats, won the ‘Innovation’ award (backed by LEO Cavan).

Previous Mayo winners of the National Enterprise Awards have included AgriSpread (in 2011), Big Red Barn (in 2016) and Monaghan Bros Bar Furniture (in 2017).

Funded through Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities were established by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation in 2014 as the ‘first-stop-shop’ for anyone wanting to start or grow a small business. Over the last five years, LEOs have helped companies create 18,640 new jobs (net) and have provided €81.5 million in direct financial assistance to over 5,000 business projects. LEOs have also organised over 40,000 business mentoring appointments and provided enterprise training for 144,830 participants since 2014 (www.localenterprise.ie).

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