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Search on for Ireland's best small firm

Thursday, September 04 12:31:22

The search is on for Ireland's best small business with the launch today of the SFA National Small Business Awards 2015 by An Taoiseach.

The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to the Irish economy.

Speaking at the launch, Enda Kenny said "I am delighted to support the SFA Awards as small firms are at the forefront of the economic recovery. Only by supporting our small firms will our plan to get the domestic economy back on track succeed. The Awards provide an opportunity to highlight the success of our small firms as they seek out new markets and innovations. Staying competitive is essential for growth and recovery and the Government will continue do everything we can with our Action Plan for Jobs to support small firms across Ireland."

The prize package for all finalists includes an exhibition stand at that SFA National Small Business Showcase in Dublin Castle in February 2015, a strategic masterclass weekend, a voucher for a Skillnets ManagementWorks management team/CEO course, as well as broad-ranging national and local media coverage.

The Gala prize giving ceremony will take place in March 2015 when the category winners and overall winner will be announced. The overall winner will be presented with a bursary of E5,000 to present to a charity of their choice, funded by the 2013 Overall Winner, Megazyme International Ireland.

"For more than a decade the SFA National Small Business Awards has demonstrated that a focus on competitiveness, efficiency, passion, courage and risk taking are the factors that put Irish small firms to the top of the pile. We know any future success can only be built on skills, ability, and innovation. The Awards showcases how small indigenous firms can only succeed when we pull together, as a small firm, as a Government and as a nation and how through intellect, street wisdom, education, courage, risk taking and speed of action punch above our weight," said SFA Chairman and Chair of the Awards judging panel, AJ Noonan.

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