€4,500 up for grabs in Donegal
SMALL and medium
businesses in Donegal have been urged to grab the
opportunity to highlight their business success, by
entering the 2018 Donegal Business Awards in one of
three separate categories.
With a prize fund of €4,500 to be won, this year's
competition will see awards presented in the
following categories: Best Start Up Business (18
months or less); Best Established Business (over 18
months) and Micro Business Award.
The competition is open to all business sectors in
Donegal. Those businesses must however, have been in
receipt of direct Local Enterprise Office supports
under one or more of the following interventions:
Grant aid; Mentoring Programme; Trading Online
Voucher Scheme; Participation on LEO Training
Programmes; MicroFinance Ireland Scheme.
The awards have been the highlight of the business
calendar in Donegal for over 20 years and the 2018
winners will be announced at an end of year business
lunch event on 7th December.
Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise in
Prizes of €1,500 will
be presented to the winners of the Best Start Up
Business, Best Established Business (both must have
under 50 employees) and to the Best Micro Business
(less than 10 employees).
"As a county our economy is dominated by small and
micro businesses. The contribution of these
businesses and the important role they play in
providing employment and contributing to the
sustainability of their local communities is often
forgotten about or taken for granted," said Michael
Tunney, Head of Enterprise in Donegal.
Explaining that the Donegal Business Awards are part
of the National Enterprise Awards scheme, Mr Tunney
maintained they would celebrate the achievements and
recognise the success stories of small business
"The Donegal Business Awards celebrate the diversity
and strength of the small business community in
Donegal and the role they play in our local
community. A key objective for the county and for
the Local Enterprise Office is to work with
businesses within the county to develop
growth-oriented enterprises seeking to succeed in
markets outside of Ireland," Mr. Tunney added.
To enter, applicants must submit a soft copy of a
simple application form and a recent set of
financial statements before the closing date of 12
noon on Thursday 22nd November.
Application forms are available from the
Local Enterprise Office website and completed
applications should be should be emailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org before 12 noon
on Thursday 22nd November 2018. For more information
call the Local Enterprise Office on 074 91 60735.