Louth’s emerging female entrepreneurs took centre stage at the “Inspiring Enterprise” lunch event was held in An Táin Theatre in Dundalk’s Town Hall and hosted by Local Enterprise Office Louth last Friday.
Indeed, with three female entrepreneurs taking home a Louth Enterprise Award, MC Noel Davidson declared that Louth was extending International Women’s Day an extra 24 hours.
Marita Collier of Drummond House Garlic in Baltray took home the Innovation Award. Drummond House are Ireland's first and largest commercial growers of Irish Premium Asparagus, Heritage Garlic, Elephant Garlic and Garlic Scapes. Drummond House were praised for creating new products and market demand for a garlic, a product with a previously limited range.
Simply Fit Food’s Evelyn Garland collected the Start-Up award. This fast-growing enterprise, operating from the North East Food Hub in Ardee, provides healthy, nutritious ready meals to health conscious, time poor consumers all over the country.
This is one in a series of awards the company have collected recently.
Meanwhile, Nicole Carey of Celtic Testing in Dundalk was the recipient of the Best Established Business Award. Celtic Testing will now go forward to represent Louth in the National Enterprise Awards final in the Mansion House Dublin in May. The company was set up to allow growing companies to mitigate risk on their technology investments through technically skilled and experienced consultants. Employing 9 people, and planning to grow to 25 staff in the coming year, the company is renowned for delivering excellence to Irish and international clients.
Speaking at the event, Head of Enterprise in Louth Thomas McEvoy declared, “We celebrated innovation, entrepreneurship and endurance at the National Enterprise Awards finals for Louth on 9th March. Our guest speaker John Teeling, a celebrated entrepreneur over many decades, shared his wisdom. He talked of vision, determination, dealing with uncertainty, accessing resources and most importantly, the grit needed to survive when things get tough.”
The recent passing of legendary Louth entrepreneur and visionary Dr. Pearse Lyons of Alltech was also marked with a moment of reflection and a round of applause for all his achievements.