first_imgThe staff of Safetech.The ten businesses to have been short-listed for the finals of this year’s prestigious Donegal Business of the Year awards showcase the range and diversity within the business community in the county, according to the Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office, Michael Tunney.The awards are hosted by Donegal Local Enterprise Office for businesses across the county who employ less than 50 employees and the entrants went through a rigorous process that included pitching their business to a team of judges, before they were whittled down the final ten.Larissa Feeney“As a county our economy is dominated by small and micro businesses. These businesses and the important role they play in providing employment and contributing to the sustainability to local communities throughout the county are very often forgotten about, or their contribution taken for granted. The Enterprising Donegal Business Awards celebrate the diversity and strength of the small business community in Donegal and the role they play in our local community,” Mr Michael Tunney added. Among the finalists this year is Letterkenny-based firm Safetech Consulting and Training Ltd. Founded in 2003 by Maria Sweeney who has a Masters in Health and Safety, the business offers a comprehensive service in all areas of environmental health and safety management systems.It is the first organisation in the Republic of Ireland to be approved for the delivery of accredited UK Health and Safety training for the construction sector there. Recent growth in the business has led to the opening of a new office and training facility in Wicklow.The inclusion of St. Johnston-based online business accountantonline.ie also demonstrates the diversity among this year’s finalists.In 2012 Larissa Feeney founded Ireland’s first online accountancy website www.accountancyonline.ie a business that serves all sectors preparing accounts, tax returns, VAT, and payroll for sole traders and companies. The service also provides advice and offers solutions in all areas of business in real time.“A key objective for the county and for the Local Enterprise Office in Donegal County Council is to work with these and other businesses within the county to develop a critical mass of growth-oriented businesses seeking to succeed in markets outside of Ireland. We in the Local Enterprise Office of Donegal County Council, along with our sister enterprise organization, Enterprise Ireland, are keen to work with owner mangers that have the ambition to achieve this objective,” said Mr. Tunney.The other finalists this year are Fairytales Day Care, Milford; Kinnegar Brewing, Rathmullan; Gillespie Precision Engineering/Gillespie Polytunnels, Killygordon; Portsalon Luxury Camping, Portsalon; Donegal English Language School, Bundoran; Carnaween Clothing Ltd, Glencolmcille; 3Dom Filaments Ltd, Moville and DaiGon Ltd, Clonmany.There are prizes in four different categories – Excellence in design, Business in operation less than 18 months (Start-Up); Business in operation more than 18 months (Business Expansion) and Export business – while there will also be an Overall Donegal Business of the Year.“There are consultancy prizes of up to €1,500 for category winners and €2,500 for the overall winner to assist the owner in developing the business,” Mr Tunney added. The winners in each category, and the overall winner will be presented with their awards at a special lunchtime ceremony at the end of Enterprising Donegal Business Week on March 27thTEN FIRMS REACH FINAL OF DONEGAL BUSINESS AWARDS was last modified: March 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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