Finalists announced in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2016
The finalists in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2016 have been officially announced by AJ Noonan, SFA Chairman and Chair of the 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.

35 companies have been selected as finalists, from 16 different counties, across 7 categories.

MANUFACTURING CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Energia:
  • Capital Switchgear – Dublin
  • Ecocem Ireland – Dublin
  • EMCA – Cavan
  • JPK Fencing Systems – Galway
  • Topform – Galway
  • Ventac – Wicklow
FOOD & DRINK CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Bord Bia:
  • Cornucopia – Dublin
  • Eight Degrees Brewing – Cork
  • Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats – Roscommon
  • Java Republic – Dublin
  • Oriel Sea Salt & Minerals – Louth
  • Paris Texas – Kilkenny
SERVICES CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Three:
  • ClubstoHire – Dublin
  • Dental Medical Ireland – Dublin
  • JJ O'Toole – Limerick
  • Nostra Technologies – Dublin
  • Roomex - Dublin
  • Titan Logistics - Clare
OUTSTANDING SMALL BUSINESS FINALISTS (up to five employees), sponsored by AIB:
  • Dúnmasc Genetics - Laois
  • EireChrom - Cork
  • Italian Tile & Stone - Dublin
  • PolyPico Technologies - Galway
  • Sweet Spot Sourcing - Kildare
  • Woodrow Sustainable Solutions - Sligo
INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Enterprise Ireland:
  • Ash Technologies - Kildare
  • CustomsMatters - Dublin
  • Gannon Eco - Westmeath
  • Vennetics - Louth
  • Ventac - Wicklow
  • Wood Energy Solutions - Tipperary
SUSTAINABILITY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland:
  • Ecocem Ireland - Dublin
  • Gannon Eco - Westmeath
  • Killary Adventure Company - Galway
  • Oriel Sea Salt & Minerals - Louth
  • Ryans Cleaning – Tipperary
  • Southern Tapes & Packaging - Cork
SMALL BUSINESS EXPORTER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by DHL Express:
  • Adams & Butler - Dublin
  • CustomsMatters - Dublin
  • Eurieka IT Services - Dublin
  • Prodigy Learning - Dublin
  • Topform - Galway
  • Ventac - Wicklow
In addition, 5 of the best recently established companies have been selected to be profiled:

EMERGING NEW BUSINESSES (up to 50 employees and under 2 years in business), sponsored by IE Domain Registry:
  • Able Table - Meath
  • DentPro - Kildare
  • THEYA - Dublin
  • VideoDoc - Dublin
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The Awards prize package for ALL finalists includes an exhibition stand at that SFA National Small Business Showcase in February 2016, a strategic management masterclass weekend, a voucher for a Skillnets ManagementWorks management team/CEO course, as well as broad-ranging national and local media coverage, valued at €50,000

Finalists also receive five complementary tickets to the Gala prize giving ceremony which will take place in March 2016 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, and 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).

Full details are on the special SFA Awards website at or follow us on Twitter: @SFA_Irl #sfaawards2016

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