Magnificent Seven Get Ready to Shine in Fingal final

by Gazette Reporter
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There is great excitement amongst the business community in the region as Fingal Local Enterprise Office has just announced the seven finalists will battle it out at the upcoming Fingal Enterprise Awards on March 7.

The annual competition, organised by the Fingal Local Enterprise Office, will culminate in the County final which takes place  in the County Hall, Swords. All seven finalists will pitch their business to an independent panel of judges with vast business and entrepreneurship experience.

The seven businesses shortlisted for the awards are: Cream of the Crop (Giselle Goncalves Makinde, Dublin 15); Culinary Microherbs (Carol Lopez and Paul Curry, Dublin 11); Lynott Jewellery (Lauren McDonald, Kinsealy); MilkBath (Sandra and Derek Hickey, Lusk); Platform55 (Michelle O’Keefe, Malahide); Prints of Ireland (Heather Gilroy and Peter O’Neill, Balbriggan); and The Little Wax Company (Marc and Amy Herbert, Balbriggan).

Finalists are selected based on performance against several key business strengths, including financial, marketing and planning skills.

The prize fund for the hopeful finalists totals €11,000, with the overall winning business scooping the top prize of €5,000 to help with their future growth. The overall winner will represent Fingal in the National Enterprise Awards to be held in the Mansion House in June 2023.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Howard Mahony, who will announce the overall winner at the Fingal final, commented: “In Fingal we are very fortunate to have a strong and vibrant business community. It is important that we acknowledge and shine a light on the successes of our small business community. These great entrepreneurs are local heroes that are creating jobs in our local communities”.

Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, AnnMarie Farrelly, outlined Fingal County Council’s commitment to entrepreneurship in the region, explaining ” Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of the Irish economy, and here in Fingal, we are delighted to see the calibre of entrepreneurial skill represented at the Fingal Enterprise Awards. Fingal County Council is proud to support those entrepreneurs in their journey and I wish them every success”.

Highlighting the importance of the awards, Head of Enterprise at LEO Fingal, Oisín Geoghegan, said, “The Fingal Enterprise Awards have proven to be a valuable platform that increases the visibility and credibility of some of our best small ambitious enterprises. In addition to supporting the businesses involved, the initiative inspires others who have started or are considering starting a business, which is core to what we do at Local Enterprise Office. The ceremony is the highlight of Local Enterprise Week in Fingal (6th to 10th of March), which sees a host of events aimed at helping people that are running their own businesses, as well as those that aspire to starting a new enterprise.”

Information and booking details for the events happening during Local Enterprise Week can be found by visiting: https://www.localenterprise.ie/Fingal/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/

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