Social Enterprise Award – Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Dublin
Established in 2000, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is Ireland’s leading provider of flexible and tailor-made services for people with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). Headquartered in Dun Laoghaire and with offices in Sligo, Galway, Kerry and Tipperary which cover the whole country, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland’s mission is to enable people with neuro-rehabilitation needs to lead meaningful lives in the community by providing personalised rehabilitation and support. Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is a strong advocate for the estimated 10,000 people per year who experience an ABI in Ireland today, and is constantly seeking improved support services for those with ABI and their families.
Woman Led Business – Clevamama, Dublin
Clevamama was established in 2003 by working mums and sisters Martina Craine and Suzanne Browne. Designed to make caring for infants easier, healthier and safer, Clevamama is renowned for its pioneering and practical baby products from Clevafoam to a Clevascoop. Clevamama has developed partnerships with Trinity College Dublin and Enterprise Ireland to keep the company at the forefront of research and development. Clevamama is based in Swords, Co. Dublin and has distribution centres in Dublin, UK, Yantian, Atlanta and Los Angeles to cater for the domestic and export markets.
Innovation and Emerging Technology – Climote, Louth
Climote is a smart home heating hub which allows home owners to manage and control their home heating easily from their finger tips anywhere in the world. Through a smart phone app, customers can reset or boost their heating and turn on their hot water.Climote is rated with an official 1760 kw/h energy saving, one of the highest on the Irish Better Energy Programme. In utility trials of 75 homes, Climote customers saved up to 20% on their home energy usage. Established in 2011, Climote currently operates in the UK and Ireland and the company has plans to rapidly expand into Europe. In November 2012, Climote partnered with Ireland’s largest utility provider, ESB Electric Ireland to offer its service to their customers.
International Business Award – Kent Stainless, Wexford
Founded in 1982, Kent Stainless is a designer and fabricator of stainless steel products. Kent Stainless’ designs solve problems – be it in terms of cost, site installation time reduction, longevity of life or incorporation of new features that were not considered before. The company dominates the markets in Ireland and UK for drainage, street furniture, recessed manholes and wastewater treatment machines. It is also a dominant player in Qatar, Belgium and South Africa. Based in Ardcavan in Co. Wexford, Kent Stainless employs 100 people. The company has doubled its turnover from 2009 to 2012 and now exports 70% of its turnover.
Agri-Business Award – Meade Potato, Meath
Established in 1982, Meade Potato Company is one of Ireland’s leading growers, packers and distributors of fresh fruit and vegetables to the retail market. With over 100 different lines of potatoes, vegetables, fruit, salads and organics, the company only sources the best and freshest produce and is committed to achieving maximum sustainability. Based in Navan, Co. Meath, Meade Potato Company is a family-run business that now employs 150 people.
Best Established SME – PharMed, Mullingar
PharMed Holdings is a healthcare sales, marketing & distribution group operating across the healthcare supply chain in Ireland and the UK. PharMed provides healthcare products and services to hospitals, pharmacies, GPs and pharmaceutical clients through its operating divisions AccuScience Ireland, PharMed, PharmaForce, Vista Pharmaceuticals, Medilink Services and Neurotechnics. Founded in 2006 by Declan Devine, John Gannon and Dara Murphy, the company is headquartered in Mullingar and has facilities in Naas, Belfast and Banbury in the UK. It employs almost 100 staff.
Food & Drink Award – Saba, Dublin
Saba is a Thai and Vietnamese eatery which is based in Dublin’s city centre. Established in September 2006, Saba means “happy meeting place” in Thai. In 2008, the company opened a dedicated take away, home delivery and wine store called Saba To Go in Rathmines. In 2011, the company purchased a catering trailer, the Saba-Dilla, which serves food at music festivals throughout the country. Saba continuously sources new ingredients for its restaurant and take away and imports all its herbs and dry produce directly from Thailand. It also uses Irish produce like Achill Lamb, Clare Island Organic Salmon, Irish Hereford Fillet and Sirloin Beef. Saba also runs cookery courses and has published its own cookbook with all proceeds going to charity.
Best Business Start-Up – Tayto Park, Meath
Tayto Park is a family-friendly visitor centre in Ashbourne, Co. Meath. It is an educational and activity based experience which includes a zoo, outdoor adventure activities, children’s playgrounds, restaurants and shops. Visitors can also enjoy a tour of The Tayto Factory. Opened in November 2010, Tayto Park now employs 220 staff member in peak season and has a turnover of €6.7m. With 430,000 visitors in 2012, Tayto Park caters for all sorts of events including corporate days, school tours, special needs groups and even weddings.