SFA National Small Business Awards 2018 - finalists announced

The shortlist of finalists in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2018 has been officially announced by Sue O’Neill, SFA Chair and Chair of the SFA Awards Judging Panel.


A total of 38 companies have been selected as finalists, from 13 different counties, across eight categories.


Manufacturing Award Category Finalists, sponsored by Energia

    • Aldar Tissues – Dublin
    • Briody Bedding – Meath
    • CUBE – Limerick
    • Future Grass Technology – Carlow
    • Kelly's of Newport Artisan Butchers – Mayo
    • Leinster Environmentals – Louth 

Food & Drink Award Category Finalists, sponsored by Bord Bia

  • Good4U – Sligo
  • Kelly's of Newport Artisan Butchers – Mayo
  • Oishii Foods – Dublin
  • Pip and Pear Chilled Baby Food – Waterford
  • Revive Active – Galway
  • The Tipperary Cheese Company – Tipperary

Services Category Finalists, sponsored by Three

  • Adams & Butler – Dublin
  • Home Instead Senior Care – Dublin
  • Homesecure.ie – Dublin
  • Irish Tax Rebates – Kildare
  • Kerona Scientific – Dublin
  • Revolve Marketing and PR – Dublin

Outstanding Small Business Finalists (up to 5 employees), sponsored by AIB

  • Coyle Group – Dublin
  • Earth's Edge – Dublin
  • Loughran Family Malt – Louth
  • Mezzo Music Academy – Dublin
  • Modus Energy – Kilkenny
  • TheTaste.ie – Dublin

Innovator of the year Finalists, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland

  • Aalto Bio Reagents – Dublin
  • APTVISION – Dublin
  • CLIRINX – Dublin
  • Easydry – Louth
  • Future Grass Technology – Carlow
  • Sonitus Systems – Dublin

Sustainable Energy Finalists, sponsored by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

  • Aldar Tissues – Dublin
  • Courtown Adventure & Leisure Centre – Wexford
  • Kelly's of Newport Artisan Butchers – Mayo
  • Starting Small Standing Tall – Limerick

Small Business Exporter of the year Finalists, sponsored by DHL Express

  • Adams & Butler – Dublin
  • Easydry – Louth
  • Good4U – Sligo
  • Kerona Scientific – Dublin
  • Kora Healthcare – Dublin
  • PolyPico Technologies – Galway
  • Prodigy Learning – Dublin

Emerging New Businesses (under 2 years in business), sponsored by IE Domain Registry

  • Duffy Chartered Engineers IRL – Louth
  • Happy Scribe – Dublin
  • Heatese – Meath
  • Medlaw Reporting – Dublin
  • Zoan BioMed – Galway

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 complimentary tickets to the gala prize giving ceremony which will take place in the RDS in February 2018 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. 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) and a responsible business practices check-up and action plan from Business in the Community Ireland.


Full details are on the SFA Awards website at www.sfa.ie/awards or follow us in Twitter: @SFA_Irl  #SFAAwards 2018

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