Four Dundalk companies announced as finalists in SFA National Small Business Awards 2018

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar says small firms are a "vital part of our local and national economy"

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IDDT Duffy Chartered Engineers

Duffy Chartered Engineers IRL. have been nominated in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2018

Four Dundalk companies have been included in the list of finalists in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2018. 38 companies were selected as finalists, from 13 different counties, across eight categories. 

The local companies included in the shortlist were: Duffy Chartered Engineers IRL, Jocelyn, Townparks, Dundalk in the Emerging New Business category, Easydry, Coes Road, Dundalk in the Exporter of the Year and Innovator of the Year category, Leinster Environmentals, Haynestown, Dundalk in the Manufacturing Category, and Loughran Family Malt in Haggardstown, Dundalk in the Outstanding Small Business category.

The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small businesses in Ireland and to recognize the vital contribution of the small business sector to Irish industry.

Patron of the Awards, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD, said: “Every day 700,000 people across Ireland go to work in small firms and make an important contribution to their local communities and our economy.

“The SFA Awards are a great way to showcase the many successes of Irish small businesses, which help support the livelihood of families in every county nationwide.

“The Government is committed to supporting small firms as a vital part of our local and national economy and we will continue to build a business-friendly environment in which they can thrive.”

SFA Chair, Sue O'Neill said: “The response to the awards programme serves as a reminder that Irish small companies are resilient, putting their best foot forward and seeking recognition for their efforts.

“As well as our seven award categories we also feature five of the best Emerging New Businesses (less than two years established) and I must say that given the quality of the businesses represented this year, entrepreneurship is alive and well in Ireland.”