Award keeps Hanna Hats ahead of the competition

HANNA Hats of Donegal, a third generation company that has been in business for nearly 100 years, is proof that age is no barrier to innovation.

The family owned designer and manufacturer has been awarded ‘Exemplar Status’ as part of InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme. It is one of only five businesses to be recognised across the island of Ireland.

The firm took part in InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme – an initiative that supports business development and innovation by partnering companies with third level institutions, and high calibre graduates in science, engineering or technology for up to 18 months. The graduate works directly with the business to deliver new products or improved processes.


Hanna Hats was paired with graduate Rachel Blackensee and North West Regional College. This collaboration with the Donegal Town business, has helped to re-assert Hanna Hats as an exclusive manufacturer in the international market.

A delighted Eleanor Hanna of Hanna Hats said, “My grandfather started this business in 1924 and my father John Hanna continued the success of the company. We are delighted to say that in 2020 we are looking forward to a very busy year ahead. The FUSION programme has helped us to do that. I would recommend InterTradeIreland to any small medium enterprise that wants to grow its business.”

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