Small businesses from throughout the county were big winners at this year’s “FEARLESS” event, organised by Fingal Local Enterprise Office to celebrate Local Enterprise Week. The event was held at the Riasc Centre, Swords on Thursday last.
The top prize of “Fingal Enterprise Award Winner” was “Hope Beer”, Fingal’s biggest brewery located at Howth Junction. They were presented with a trophy by County Mayor, Cllr. Darragh Butler, as well as scooping a cash prize of €2,500. They will now go on to represent Fingal at the annual National Enterprise Awards in the Mansion House in May.
Eight local businesses in total were shortlisted this year, each of whom competed in the competition which was presided over by Michael Dawson, CEO and founder of One4All Gift Vouchers, Neal Morrison partner at McInerney Saunders, and Deirdre O’Neill from Enterprise Ireland.
Speaking at the ceremony, Paul Reid, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council congratulated the local entrepreneurs, saying: “Hope Beer is a very worthy winner of this major enterprise award, in recognition of what they have achieved here in Fingal in such a short space of time. Because of their drive and determination, the company is increasing its workforce to six full time staff and has major plans to grow their business in the very near future.”
Head of Enterprise, Oisin Geoghegan said, “In Fingal Local Enterprise Office, we have a role to play to ensure that our business community is provided with a supportive environment in which they can network, explore opportunities and one in which they can learn how to run their businesses more effectively.”