The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D. has presented the top prize in the National Enterprise Awards to Applied Concepts, an Offaly-based manufacturer and exporter of blast machines used by builders and restoration companies.
Set-up by Mark Clendennen and supported by Local Enterprise Office Offaly, the Kinnitty-based company began trading in 2010 and employs ten people. Its machines are used in building and restoration projects in countries such as Finland, Estonia, Venezuela and Ethiopia.
The local company was nominated for the awards by the Local Enterprise Office Offaly, which has supported the company through business expansion grants and mentoring assistance.
Speaking at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, the Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Offaly, Orla Martin, was among the first to congratulate the Offaly winners, saying: “Mark Clendennen and his team at Applied Concepts are wonderful ambassadors for the county and are truly a national success story. Under Mark’s direction, the company has achieved impressive international growth and has brought all manufacturing in-house, rather than outsourcing it abroad. With distributors now in place in the UK, Belgium, Finland, Hungary and Estonia, Applied Concepts is very well-placed for future growth and expansion from their Offaly base.”
Anna Marie Delaney, Chief Executive of Offaly County Council wished to congratulate Mark and spoke about his accomplishment, saying: “I am delighted with Mark’s success, he is a deserving winner and has done Trojan work in building up his business, now employing 10 people. Economic development and job creation are a top priority for Offaly County Council and the county has a growing indigenous jobs base. We want to expand on that and provide the necessary support through our Local Enterprise Office & Business Support Unit. The key to success is everyone working together.”