Donegal Enterprise Awards celebrate resilient and brilliant businesses across Donegal

The Donegal Enterprise Awards are back for 2021. Organised by Local Enterprise Office Donegal, the awards celebrate the achievements of Donegal’s small business community. Awards include Best Established Award, Best Start Up Award, and Best Donegal Enterprise Innovation Award. Other categories include The Food Coast Enterprise Award, The Creative Coast Enterprise Award, and the Donegal Engineering Cluster Enterprise Award. Small business owners in the county are encouraged to enter the awards by next Monday’s deadline.

James Coyle of JC Engineering who was the overall winner of the 2019 Donegal Local Enterprise Awards.

Speaking about the awards, Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise Donegal said: “Small businesses, sole traders and start-ups faced unimaginable challenges over the past 18 months, and these awards are about celebrating their resilience and brilliance. Applicant businesses must have less than 50 employees and must have been in receipt of direct Local Enterprise Office supports; the full details of the eligibility can be found on our website. The Donegal Enterprise Awards are an ideal opportunity to raise the profile of your business, as our previous finalists and winners have found. The overall prize fund is €12,000 and I would encourage any small business who fits the eligibility criteria to apply”.

Martin McGuinness from MMG Welding Ltd won Best Established Business at the Enterprise Awards in 2018.

Adding to this, Eve-Anne McCarron, Acting Assistant Head of Enterprise said: “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and these awards are about showcasing the innovation, creativity and the development potential across the micro and small business sectors in Donegal. By highlighting all these success stories, the Donegal Enterprise Awards gives well deserved recognition to Ireland’s small business champions. If you want your business to be in with a chance of winning, then get your application in before 12noon on Monday, 15th November.”

Eve Anne McCarron, Acting Assistant Head of Enterprise, and Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise are encouraging small businesses in Donegal to apply for this year’s Donegal Enterprise Awards.

Previous winners of The Donegal Enterprise Awards include MMG Welding, Rushe Fitness, and Silver Birch Gallery & Studio. The deadline for applying is 12noon on Monday, 15th November and the award ceremony takes place on Friday 3rd December 2021. Visit the website to find out more and apply.