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Eight leading Connacht based companies celebrated success at the Connacht final of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, which took place on 21st October at The Clayton Hotel, Galway. The eight winners will now progress to the national final in December to compete with winners from Munster, Leinster and Ulster.

A total of 627 companies entered this year’s Awards – the highest number ever, including 62 Connacht businesses.

The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards provincial winners for Connacht are as follows:

  1. Woman Led Business –PMM
  2. Business Start Up – Revive Active Products
  3. Small Business – FCD Global
  4. Established SME – Caragh Precision
  5. Food and Drink – Kelly’s Butchers
  6. Social Enterprise – The Food Hub
  7. International Business – Lifes2Good
  8. Agri-Business –Green Earth Organics

Speaking at the Connacht awards, Brendan McDermott, Ulster Bank Regional Director, said: “The recent Ulster Bank Economic Outlook highlighted that exports, consumer spending and investment are all growing together for the first time since 2007. This is an important sign that the Irish recovery is strengthening and SMEs have played a vital role in this. Their ambition and determination to be recognised is reflected in the record number of entries received this year. I’d like to congratulate each of our winners and wish them the best of luck at the national final on the 4th December.”

The 2014 Ulster Bank Business Achiever will receive a comprehensive prize package including a €50,000 publishing bursary with the Irish Independent, business mentoring from Enterprise Ireland, a full service communications workshop, as well as national and regional PR coverage.

For further information on the 2014 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards and the provincial winners, go to You can also follow all the action on Twitter using @ulsterbank and #businessachievers