The Donegal Enterprise Awards are back for 2022, celebrating the achievements of Donegal’s small business sector over the past year.
Organised by Local Enterprise Office Donegal, the awards recognise and celebrate the successes of small business owners around the county.
This year’s award ceremony takes place on Friday, 2nd December, with a total prize fund of €14K to be shared among the award winners and runners up on the night.
Discussing this year’s Awards, Brenda Hegarty, Head of Enterprise Donegal said: “Small businesses, sole traders and start-ups have faced a host of challenges over the last number of years, from navigating their way through a global pandemic and learning how to trade with the UK post-Brexit, to the devastating situation in Ukraine and most recently, the impact of the cost-of-living crisis.
These awards are about celebrating their resilience and brilliance in the face of such challenging circumstances.
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 €14,000 and I would encourage any small business that meets the eligibility criteria to apply”.
Last year’s overall county winners and the winner of the Best-Established Business Award was Secora Consulting, a business set up by Phil Graham and Philip Close to assist people with their cyber security needs. Judges were impressed with Secora Consulting’s success to date and their global ambition to scale and grow.
Commenting on the awards, John Mc Laughlin, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, said: “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and the Donegal Enterprise 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 our small business champions, as well as inspiring those who may be thinking of starting a business. If you want your business to be in with a chance of winning, then get your application in by 12noon on Tuesday, 15th November.”
The award categories include Best Established Award (€3,000) and runner-up (€1,000), Best Start Up Award (€2,000) and runner-up (€1,000), Best Donegal Enterprise Export Award, Best Donegal Enterprise Innovation Award, Best Donegal Enterprise Green Award, Best Donegal Enterprise Digital Award, The Food Coast Enterprise Award, The Creative Coast Enterprise Award and the Donegal Engineering Cluster Enterprise Award, all with prize funds of €1,000.
The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 15th November.
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 at www.localenterprise.ie/Donegal