These were the 4 start ups that were featured in the local papers, in the national press and at the gala awards night. You could be there next year.
Established in 2010 by then Transition Year student Tara Haughton, Rosso Solini sells high-heel makeover kits with coloured soles, giving shoes a designer look and enabling women to match their soles to an outfit. With four products and 22 colours and designs in its range, Rosso Solini has been exported to over 25 markets. The company also has a strong client base in Ireland which includes retailers such as Fran & Jane, Moda in Pella and Cynders Shoes. Rosso Solini now has three employees and has a turnover of €100,000.
Budget Energy is the new, low cost electricity supplier to the Northern Ireland Market focusing on simple tariffs and excellent customer service.
Cherry Blossom Bakery
Cherry Blossom Bakery, based in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, manufactures quality artisan bakery products, specifically catering for people with food intolerances. Established in December 2010, Cherry Blossom Bakery started out with two customers and is now supplying to over 100 stores across six counties. Cherry Blossom Bakery has 12 employees and in their first year they achieved a turnover of €400,000.
ePub Direct was established in 2010 and is an online eBook distribution service that connects book publishers with over 100 online retail outlets including Amazon, Apple, Eason’s, Barnes & Noble, Sony Store, DirecteBooks.com and 15,000 libraries.
The company provides an all in one solution for its clients, who may have had difficulty in the past with creating and distributing eBooks. The company has over 40 clients to date, mostly from the Irish and UK markets. ePub Direct turned over €100,000 last year and has 9 employees in Cork, however it expects to increase this to over 30 people by late 2012.