National Small Business Awards 2019

Two days left to apply - closing 24 October

We are delighted that the deadline for applications and nominations are extended until this Wednesday 24 October.


The SFA National Small Business Awards 2019 competition is open to all businesses in Ireland that have up to 50 employees.  There are a wide range of categories to suit all sectors – including a category for businesses with five employees or less and newly formed businesses.


It is FREE to enter any category of you choice, all shortlisted businesses receive five complementary places at the Gala Awards Ceremony in the RDS, Concert Hall on 07 March 2019.

A generous prize package of €50,000 is awarded to all shortlisted finalists throughout the programme with additional prizes for the overall winner.   More details can be found

2019 Prize Package

All Finalists

**Value €50,000**

•A comprehensive strategic masterclass weekend sponsored by Skillnet Ireland including communications, media and presentation skills training along with discounted participation on a management development programme during the year
•A profile in a specially commissioned Irish Independent Awards Supplement
•Participation in the Awards Village at the 2019 Business Connect event
•Five complimentary tickets to the Awards Gala Ceremony

Category Winners

•Award trophy and certificate
•One year membership of the Small Firms Association (if you are an existing member your membership for the following year will be complimentary)

Overall Winner

•Winner’s trophy
•A bursary of €5,000 to present to a charity of choice (funded by 2013 Overall winner, Megazyme International)
•Profile in the Spring 2019 edition of the Better Business magazine

How to enter

Entries to the awards will be accepted until 5.30pm on Wednesday 24 October. Entry forms are available online at

The competition is open to all companies in Ireland with up to 50 employees and the categories are:

•Food and Drink
•Outstanding Small Business (less than 5 employees)
•Innovator of the Year
•Sustainable Energy
•Exporter of the Year

In addition, the five best “Emerging New Businesses” (companies who are less than two years in existence) will be selected that have the potential to grow and have the ability to be an SFA National Small Business Award winner in the future. 


Applications are closing in two days, Wednesday 24 October at 5:30.