Enterprise Ireland in conjunction with The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry are pleased to announce the two national winners who will represent Ireland at the European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2020.

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The Awards aim to reward
innovative initiatives from public bodies and public-private
partnerships which support entrepreneurship, and small and medium
sized enterprises.

The two national award winners put forward for the European level of
the competition for consideration by the European Enterprise Promotion
Awards jury are as follows;

Engenuity Engineering Cluster Midlands submitted by LEO Westmeath for
‘Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills’ category.

 This project focused on management development, innovation skills
training and networking with 20 engineering firms based in the
Midlands. Participating companies have seen increased turnover and a
growth in exports. 70% of participating companies have created new
jobs. This progress is now being built on with further supports to
target sales, marketing and internationalization skills based on gap
analysis performed during the initial phase of the project.

Business Support Funds submitted by LEO South Dublin for ‘Improving
the Business Environment’ category.

The Business Support Funds are a unique South Dublin County Council
And Local Enterprise Office South Dublin initiative designed to
address key issues in industrial areas of the county. The fund
supports physical improvement works and encourages occupiers to
improve the investment potential of industrial estates / units.
Particular emphasis is placed on those industrial estates experiencing
high levels of obsolescence, dereliction and vacancy. The initiative
also helps existing small-scale businesses and start-up businesses to
utilise previously vacant units.

The jury will select a European shortlist from amongst the national
winners which will be announced in September. The shortlisted projects
will go on to compete at the finals which will take place as part of
the SME Assembly in November 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

Richard Murphy, Manager LEO Support, Policy & Co-ordination Unit,
Enterprise Ireland, who is a judge for the national competition on
behalf of Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be working on this event
with the European Commission. I warmly congratulate our two national
award winners for projects which are shining examples of excellence in
promoting SME’s and entrepreneurship in a tough economic climate in
Ireland. There are a lot of innovative projects in Ireland and it’s
important that we recognise the organisations which actively encourage
entrepreneurial spirit”.

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