SFA National Small Business Awards 2020

SFA National Small Business Awards 2020

The winners of the Small Business Association National Small Business Awards 2020 were announced last year.  

The Awards celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland and recognise the vital contribution of the sector to the Irish economy.  The winners were selected from hundreds of applications received for the 2020 programme. 

This is the sixteenth year of the SFA National Small Business Awards, an initiative of the Small Firms Association. 

The Awards prize package for ALL finalists included a strategic management masterclass weekend, participation in the SFA Business Connect event in February and a half page media exposure in a special supplement published with the Irish Independent today (12th March).  The total prize for finalists is valued at €50,000. 

The category winners were presented with a trophy and free membership of the Small Firms Association for one year.  The overall winner also received a bursary of €5,000 to present to a charity of their choice funded by the 2013 National Small Business Awards Overall Winner 2013, Megazyme International Ireland. 

KORE Insulation was named as Overall National SFA Small Business Winner 2020. The company was founded in 1997 by Tommy Brady, Helen Brady and Jimmy Macken. KORE is based in Kilnaleck, Co Cavan and employs 48 people. The company is an award-winning manufacturer of Expanded Polystyrene Solutions for the construction and civil engineering industries.   

The SFA say that climate action and sustainability are of central importance and KORE offers services and products that reduce reliance on fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions, without compromising on quality or performance. Partnership with KORE on any project will ensure that any client is backed by a dedicated team of problem-solvers with experience to deliver the right product, to the right place and at the right time. 

The eight category winners are: 

Manufacturing, sponsored by NSAI:   KORE Insulation (Co. Cavan) 
· Highly Commended:  Green Angel (Co. Dublin) 

Food and Drink, sponsored by Bord Bia:  The Tipperary Cheese Company (Co. Tipperary) 
· Highly Commended: Camerino Bakery (Dublin 6) 

Services, sponsored by Vodafone: Riverside Spa (Co. Cavan) 
· Highly Commended: On-site Refueling (Dublin 15) 

Outstanding Small Business, sponsored by One4All: (up to five employees): 
· Gill Opticians (Co. Dublin) 

Innovator of the Year, sponsored by PermanentTSB:  Woodco Renewable Energy (Co. Tipperary) 
· Highly Commended: Equine MediRecord (Co. Kildare) 

Exporter of the Year, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland: 
Smarter Surfaces (Dublin 6) 
· Highly Commended: Carlow Concrete (Co. Carlow) 
· Highly Commended: Big Red Barn (Co. Mayo) 

Sustainability, Strategic Banking Association of Ireland: 
· Vivid Edge (Dublin 4) 

Workplace Wellbeing, sponsored by DeCare:
· AVCOM (Dublin 10) 

The winners of the Emerging New Business Awards, sponsored by IE Domain Registry, a category to encourage emerging entrepreneurs to promote and grow their business were: Viztronics Smart Solutions (Co. Meath); BuildTech (Dublin 11); Soothing Solutions (Co. Meath); The Salt Rooms (Co. Dublin) and Vanguard HSI (Dublin 9). Entrants for this category are under two years in business and the winners were identified by the judging panel as companies that will grow into successful organisations. 

Announcing the winner, Graham Byrne, SFA Chair said, "KORE Insulation is a wonderful example of a family business delivering continuous growth; of how on-going research can deliver up-to-date manufacturing of sustainable products for the low carbon transition currently underway across Ireland and Europe."

SFA Director, Sven Spollen-Behrens added, "We continue to grow an Awards programme that positions the small business brand as the backbone of the Irish economy. Congratulations to all the finalists here tonight in the RDS – you are the best in small business and are all winners. Small businesses are present in every village, town and city and contribute enormously to them not only in terms of economic activity but also in terms of community engagement."  

Source: www.businessworld.ie