Small Firms Association Awards Gala 2016
The Small Firms Association Awards Gala 2016 took place last night and it was a night to remember.
Late last year we were named one of the 5 best New Emerging Businesses by the SFA. Since then in the run up to the awards, the SFA have hosted some great events, including a briefing in AIB Ballsbridge which gave all the finalist from all categories a chance to meet. Then in January the SFA hosted a masterclass for all finalists in the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone. This was a great weekend and really gave us all a chance to get to know each other. In February the final event before the main event took place! We all had the chance to showcase our products at the Radisson Blu Golden Lane. It was fantastic to network with all the amazing and innovative entrepreneurs and seeing their hard work displayed and demonstrated.
Some of the other finalists across all 7 categories included:
Topform, Ventac, Cornucopia, Eight Degrees Brewing, Gilligan Farm Fresh Meats, Clubs to Hire, JJ O’Toole Ltd, Nostra Technologies, EireChrom, Sweetspot Sourcing, Woodrow Environmental Consultants, Ash Technologies, CustomsMatters, Dent Pro and Theya Healthcare.
It was an honour to be part of this special journey along side these excellent businesses.
Then came the main event last night. It was great to see everyone again looking super glamorous in their glad rags! And there were some well deserved wins.
There was 33 companies selected as finalists, from 16 different counties, across 7 categories.
The 7 category winners were:
- Manufacturing: EMCA – Cavan
- Food & Drink: Java Republic – Dublin
- Services: JJ O’Toole – Limerick
- Outstanding Small Business (up to 5 employees): Eirechrom – Cork
- Innovator of the Year: Ash Technologies – Kildare
- Sustainability: Gannon Eco – Westmeath
- Small Business Exporter of the Year: Topform – Galway
In addition, 5 of the best recently established companies have been selected to be profiled:
- Emerging new Business:
- Able Table – Meath
- DentPro – Kildare
- THEYA – Dublin
- VideoDoc – Dublin
- WorldBOX.ie – Dublin
We were honored to accept our award. It was a brilliant night of celebrations. Well done and thank you to everyone involved.