Finalists from over 14 counties gathered in the RDS Concert Hall on 7 March for the Small Firms Association National Small Business Awards 2019.
The awards celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland and recognise the vital contribution of the sector to the Irish economy. The winners were selected from hundreds of applications received for the 2019 programme.
Blueacre Technology was named the winner of the Overall SFA National Small Business Awards 2019.
Blueacre Technology, founded in 2006 by Dr. David Gillen, is based in Dundalk, Co. Louth and employes 15 people. It provides specialist laser micromachining equipment to the medical device and other manufacturing industries. Processing thousands of high value parts daily from its 24/7 facility in Dundalk, Blueacre Technology offers highly sophisticated solutions to the most demanding engineering problems.
The seven category winners are:
- Manufacturing: Blueacre Technology (Louth)
- Food & Drink: The Foods of Athenry (Galway)
- Highly commended: Fenit Fruit & Veg (Kerry)
- Services: Ryan's Pharmacy (Kildare)
- Highly commended: Contracting PLUS (Dublin)
- Innovator of the Year: NVP Energy (Galway)
- Highly commended: Ovvo (Louth)
- Exporter of the Year: Prodigy Learning (Dublin)
- Sustainable Energy: Monasterboice Inn (Louth)
- Outstanding Small Business (up to 5 employees): Horan Automation (Tipperary)
The following Emerging New Businesses (under 2 years) were recognised on the night.
- Get the Shifts (Clare)
- Gym+Coffee (Dublin)
- PeachyLean (Dublin)
- Zarrdia (Dublin)
- The UX Studio (Galway)
The award categories are sponsored by Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, Bord Gais Energy, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Three, PermanentTSB and One4All. The Emerging New Business section is sponsored by IE Domain Registry. Skillnet Ireland is the SFA Awards management training partner and Irish Independent is the media partner.
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