Good afternoon

Following our decision to hold the SFA National Small Business Awards Gala on 12 March behind closed doors, we would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge our 2020 Awards Finalists and Winners. The Gala is held to mark the end of seven months of activity in the awards programme, which aims to recognise the innovation, achievement and excellence of small firms in Ireland.  We hope you have all had the chance to watch our virtual Awards Gala that we were able to film on the day to give our Finalists some sense of being at the Gala. If not, you can re-live the magic here

It was a fantastic 2019-2020 Awards seasons, and we had some pretty amazing companies involved. On behalf of everyone at the SFA and all of the Awards Sponsors, thank you for your great display of energy and passion for your business throughout the season. 

Here are all of the Winners, as well as the companies that came Highly Commended.

Manufacturing, sponsored by NSAI: KORE Insulation (Co. Cavan)
· Highly Commended: Green Angel (Co. Dublin)

Food and Drink, sponsored by Bord Bia: The Tipperary Cheese Company (Co. Tipperary)
· Highly Commended: Camerino Bakery (Dublin 6)

Services, sponsored by Vodafone: Riverside Spa (Co. Cavan)
· Highly Commended: On-site Refueling (Dublin 15)

Outstanding Small Business, sponsored by One4All: (up to five employees): Gill Opticians (Co. Dublin)

Innovator of the Year, sponsored by PermanentTSB: Woodco Renewable Energy (Co. Tipperary)
· Highly Commended: Equine MediRecord (Co. Kildare)

Exporter of the Year, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland: Smarter Surfaces (Dublin 6)
· Highly Commended: Carlow Concrete (Co. Carlow)
· Highly Commended: Big Red Barn (Co. Mayo)

Sustainability, Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland: Vivid Edge (Dublin 4)

Workplace Wellbeing, sponsored by DeCare: AVCOM (Dublin 10)

The winners of the Emerging New Business Awards, sponsored by IE Domain Registry, a category to encourage emerging entrepreneurs to promote and grow their business were: Viztronics Smart Solutions (Co. Meath); BuildTech (Dublin 11); Soothing Solutions (Co. Meath); The Salt Rooms (Co. Dublin) and Vanguard HSI (Dublin 9). Entrants for this category are under two years in business and the winners were identified by the judging panel as companies that will grow into successful organisations.

If you would like to see the rest of the Finalists in each category, you can find it here

2021 Awards Season:

Preparations for the 2021 Awards season have begun, and we cannot wait to launch it! Every year we are blown away by the number of entries and the calibre of businesses that apply. Keep an eye out on our social media channels and our Awards website in August/September 2020 to find out everything you need to know.

Start thinking of local small businesses you know of that you might want to nominate - you never know who will be selected!


Kind regards,


Sven Spollen-Behrens
SFA Director
84/86 Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2
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T: +353 1 605 1602