There was great celebration on Monday, October 6 at the 2014 Offaly Enterprise Awards. The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) hosted an evening celebrating business and entrepreneurship in the County.
This year, there were two separate Enterprise Competitions, one for existing businesses and another new competition for entrepreneurs aged 30 or under.
Tullamore-based company, Future Ticketing Ltd was announced Overall Winner in the 2014 Offaly County Enterprise Awards. Meanwhile, Emma Rose Conroy of “Eurostallions” was named Offaly’s Best Young Entrepreneur.
Business owners gathered in the Tullamore Court Hotel to attend the evening which comprised a keynote address by adventurer and serial entrepreneur Mr Pat Falvey, and the presentation of the 2014 County Enterprise Awards and IBYE Awards by Colette Byrne, Chief Executive of Offaly County Council.
Pat Falvey is highly regarded both as an Adventurer Leader and motivational speaker. In an entertaining and engaging presentation, he shared with the audience his philosophy.
“Life is like a mountain, and we all have mountains to climb, we all have an Everest, believe in yourself, your goals, never quit, have dreams, go for them and make them a reality.”
Edenderry-based company ‘Savage Outdoors’ then presented Pat Falvey with a gift of a climbing accessory, called a Travel Board which was designed by the up and coming company.
Colette Byrne, Chief Executive of Offaly County Council took the opportunity to congratulate all the businesses present, and to acknowledge the contribution they make to the County.
The 2014 County Enterprise Awards were then announced by Orla Martin, Head of Local Enterprise.
The Enterprise Awards are open to businesses that have applied and received Grant aid from the Local Enterprise Office/County Enterprise Board. Those applying submitted a completed application form, a set of accounts, together with marketing material/and or samples of their work.
On behalf of the Local Enterprise Office, Orla Martin thanked the two judges – Denis Duggan, Enterprise Ireland and Evelyn Reddin, Local Enterprise Office in Laois.
The 15 finalists were Premier Business Media Ltd; Dezynamite; Welding Quality Management Services Ltd; Applied Concepts Ltd; Future Ticketing Ltd; TD Cellular Limited; Decontamination Technical Services Limited (DTS Ltd); Pyxis Black Limited; Polar Ice Limited; Brendan Dooley T/A The Print Factory; Yvonne Carty T/A Hey Pesto; Whatzere Queue Smart; Heartworks; Clanwood Organic Farm; Farm TV/Aura Productions.
There were six prizes, three category winners and Bronze, Silver and Gold (the overall winner of the 2014 Offaly Enterprise Award)s. The winner will go forward to represent the County at the National Enterprise Awards.
Innovation Award: Polar Ice Ltd
Best Marketing Award: Dezynamite
Best Artisan Food Award: Clanwood Organic Farm
Bronze Award: Premier Business Media Ltd
Silver Award: Applied Concepts Ltd
Gold Award: Future Ticketing Ltd
A group of four friends set up Future Ticketing which launched its game changing ticketing software in April 2014. Since then, over €1.5m in tickets have been processed throughout the system, with over 100,000 satisfied customers. The company has signed contracts with a number of businesses in Ireland and last week signed up its first customers in the UK. Future Ticketing is based in the Innovation Centre in Axis Business Park.
Orla Martin thanked Pat Falvey, Colette Byrne, the businesses present and her colleagues in the Local Enterprise Office for their contribution to an uplifting evening.
The Local Enterprise Office is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union.
Pictured are Enterprise Awards Winners Group. Back Row L to R: Sean & Orla Clancy, Clanwood Farm, Alison Ritchie, Polar Ice, Seanie & Jesse Morris, Dezynamite, Ronan McGlade, Premier Business Media, MarkCotter, Fred Dolan, Amanda O’Connor, Emelyn Murray, Future Ticketing
Front Row L to R: Mark Clendennen, Applied Concepts, Orla Martin, Head of Local Enterprise, Sinead Dooley, Cathaoirleach Offaly County Council, Pat Falvey, Colette Byrne, CEO Offaly County Council