The finalists in the Small Frims Association (SFA) National Small Business Awards 2021 have been officially announced by Sue O’Neill, Chair of the SFA Awards Judging Panel.
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 Irish industry.
The SFA National Small Business Awards are now entering their 17th consecutive year and are a celebration of small business owners who since 2015 have created over 73,000 jobs. The 266,400 small firms in Ireland employ half of the private sector workforce and these awards aim to promote excellence, achievement and innovation amongst these companies in all sectors and parts of the country.
The Awards prize package for ALL finalists includes participation in the SFA Business Connect event on February 11, 2021, a strategic management masterclass weekend, as well as broad-ranging national and local media coverage, all valued at €50,000.
The category winners will be presented with a trophy and free membership of the Small Firms Association for one year. The overall winner will also receive a bursary of €5,000 to present to a charity of their choice (funded by the 2013 Overall Winner, Megazyme International Ireland).
Congratulating the finalists, An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin who is Patron of the Awards said, "The SFA National Small Business Awards are very important, particularly as we live with Covid 19. We need agility, flexibility and adaptability in the midst of the global pandemic and there is no better entity than a small business to demonstrate these characteristics."