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New Awards for Small Business at Ploughing

A new award scheme to highlight the achievements of small businesses is being introduced by the Local Enterprise Offices at this year’s National Ploughing Championships.

The first-ever ‘Local Enterprise Village Awards’ will be presented next week by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D., when she officially opens the Local Enterprise Village at the Ploughing Championships in Tullamore.

Organised by the Local Enterprise Offices, the six prize categories are: ‘Visual Display’, ‘Consumer Product’, ‘Consumer Service’, ‘Food and Drink’ along with two ‘Vision’ Awards and judging will be carried out by Enterprise Ireland.

A total of 84 small companies will be judged in this year’s competition, as they showcase their products and services inside the Local Enterprise Village at Europe’s largest outdoor event, which attracted 281,000 visitors last year.

Speaking about the new award competition, The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D. said: “I am delighted to be presenting these new ‘Local Enterprise Village Awards’ which are being introduced by the Local Enterprise Offices this year to highlight the achievements of small businesses across the country, who contribute to Ireland’s rural economy. By highlighting their achievements, I want to encourage others to start their own business and become entrepreneurs as more entrepreneurs starting their businesses which will further enhance our economy by creating more quality jobs right across Ireland. I look forward to meeting this year’s winners at the Local Enterprise Village at the National Ploughing Championships.”

Kieran Comerford of the Local Enterprise Offices said: “The idea behind the Local Enterprise Village Awards is to put small businesses and start-ups into the national spotlight during the Ploughing Championships, which has grown into Europe’s largest outdoor event. There’s also a new product launch and demonstration area inside the Local Enterprise Village, to give SMEs the ideal platform to unveil new products and services to the wider public.”

Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland added: “The Local Enterprise Village Awards is an opportunity for young businesses to showcase their unique and innovative product and service offerings. The level of interest expressed in this the first year of the awards is a very positive indication of the level of innovation taking place across a broad range of sectors. Enterprise Ireland welcomes the initiative and looks forward to learning about the projects showcased and hopefully working with the exhibitors as they grow and develop their businesses in the future.”

Tom Murphy, Wicklow County Council, reiterated the commitment of the Local Authorities to supporting small business. He said: “The LEOs working within the local authorities are playing a vital role in ensuring balanced regional development and job creation. Facilitating small businesses to gain exposure to their target market at an event, like the National Ploughing Championships, is fundamental to the type of support offered by the LEOs, which is all about assisting local businesses to grow, becoming profitable, sustainable and employing people at local level.”



More details around the Local Enterprise Village, which will be located at Stand Number 765, Row 32 in Block 4, are available through and by searching #localenterprise on social media. The 85th Annual National Ploughing Championships run over three days, from Tuesday September 20th to Thursday 22nd in Tullamore, Co. Offaly and tickets are on sale through


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Local Enterprise Village Awards 2016 (inaugural year)

Organised by the Local Enterprise Offices and judged by Enterprise Ireland

Prize categories:

·         Visual Display Award

·         Consumer Product Award

·         Food & Drink Award

·         Consumer Service Award

·         Vision Awards (this will be awarded to two companies)

List of all small businesses taking part in Local Enterprise Village 2016 (September 20th – 22nd)

Location: Stand number 765, Row 32, Block 4

Supported by Local Enterprise Offices in the local authorities network

Carlow: Tumbledown Media

Carlow: IAS Laboratories

Cavan: Scotts Irish Cider

Cavan: Stop & Stare Designs Co

Clare: Fun Affordable Gifts

Clare: Western Herd Brewing Co

Cork City: Rebel Chilli

Cork North and West: O’ Callaghan Hurleys

Cork North and West: Ocean Bloom

Cork North and West: Chart Datum

Cork South: Barbara Hall Creations

Cork South:

Donegal: North Atlantic Seaweed Products

Donegal: Lanky Yanky Studio

Dublin City: Delish Melish

Fingal: Periwinkle Design

Fingal: Giftcentre

Fingal: 65 Hurls

Fingal: Celtic Gent

Dublin South: Access Education Ltd

Dublin South: Little Pharma

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown: Dalkey Handmade Soaps

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown: Melanie Hand Designer Jewellery

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown: The Irish Workshop/ TIW Ltd

Galway: Collerans Butchers

Galway: The Galway Food Company

Galway: Green Earth Organics

Galway: Friends and Family Trees

Galway: Aran Island Cheeses

Kerry: Kerry Signature Furniture

Kerry: Taste Kerry

Kerry: O'Donnell`s Bakery

Kerry: Skellig Pantry (Smoked Trout)

Kerry: Lorge Chocolatier

Kerry: Rolf's Fine Food

Kerry: Camo`s Bistro

Kerry: Oilean Chocolates (Chocolate Pops)

Kerry: Killarney Toffee

Kerry: Ring of Kerry Apple Farm (Apple Juice)

Kildare: HACI Ltd, Hose & Coupling Ireland

Kildare: Nadicom

Kilkenny: #tastekilkenny Stand

Kilkenny: Mooncoin Homegrown Beetroot

Kilkenny: Bernie's Farmhouse Desserts

Kilkenny: Goatsbridge Trout Farm

Kilkenny: Highbank Orchards

Kilkenny: Shellumsrath Free Range

Laois: Flavour Safari

Laois: Rose & Alice Handcrafted Soaps

Leitrim: Chef Sham Sauces

Leitrim: Artwood

Limerick: McAdare

Limerick: Lubdub Foods

Longford: Kaber Performance

Longford: Go Oats

Louth: Duinn Designs

Louth: Finca Skin Organics

Mayo: Cuinneog Artisan Dairy

Mayo: Monaghan Bros Bar Furniture Manufacturers

Meath: E. Finnegan & Sons

Meath: Cara Mara Seaweed

Monaghan: Pollock's Pickles & Preserves

Monaghan: Shanks Engineering Ltd - Farmhitch

Offaly: De Mad Food Company

Offaly: Deanery Furniture

Roscommon: Projects 5 creations

Roscommon: Derrycashel Crafts

Sligo: Clo's Chocolates

Sligo: SUIP Manufacturing

Tipperary: Emerald Oils

Tipperary: Tactile Text

Tipperary: Premium Fire Products

Waterford: Embermats

Waterford: The Tipperary Kitchen

Waterford: Coffee House Lane

Westmeath: DBee Press

Westmeath: SoulSnacks

Wexford: Wexford Food Family

Wexford: Naturally Cordial

Wexford: Wexford Home Preserves

Wexford: O’ Neills Dry Cure Bacon

Wicklow: Pacefeeder

Wicklow: Toby Wagons

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