Galway-based businesses JPK Fencing Systems and Topform could go all the way in this year’s SFA National Small Business Awards according to sponsors Energia.
JPK and Topform were among the finalists in this year’s awards who attended the recent SFA National Small Business Showcase event. The six finalists in the manufacturing category, sponsored by competitive energy provider Energia, of this year’s Small Firms Association Awards include:
Ecocem, the low CO2 cement company, from East Point Business Park in Dublin
EMCA, Electrical Mechanical Control Automation from Cootehill in Cavan
JPK Fencing Systems from Claregalway in Galway
Topform, creative worktop solutions, from Gort in Galway and
Ventac, the noise specialists, from Blessington, Co Wicklow
Topform has grown into Ireland’s premier supplier of Creative Worktop Solutions. With almost 40 years of experience supplying to the construction industry, they are at the cutting edge of innovation in laminating.
JPK Fencing is a Irish-owned business specialising in the manufacturing high quality security and safety fencing for almost 40 years. They’re one of Ireland’s most reputable and reliable contractors in the field of palisade fencing, motorway safety barriers, acoustic fencing, round bar railing, weldmesh fencing, chainlink fencing, timber fencing and pedestrian guard rails.
The annual SFA National Small Business Showcase event provided an opportunity for the 38 finalists in this year’s awards to market their products and services. The finalists are from a variety of sectors and 16 different counties (further details on www.sfa.ie/awards ).The awards profile entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity at its best. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, officially opened the event and Bobby Kerr of Newstalk also attended.
The awards will be presented at a Gala Awards Ceremony in the RDS Concert Hall on 3rd March 2016. A generous prize package of €50,000 is awarded to all shortlisted finalists with additional prizes for the overall winner.
Daniel Wolverson, Key Account Manager, Energia commented: “Every year the quality of entries rises, so EMCA are to be warmly congratulated for making it to the final six in this year’s manufacturing category. They could go all the way and we wish them all the best.”
“As one of the leading electricity and gas suppliers to Irish small businesses, we appreciate the work these companies are doing in powering the Irish economy and are delighted to be supporting the SFA Awards.”
“We are also supporting businesses through innovative energy programmes like Energia’s ‘Cash for Kilowatts’ scheme, providing funding to companies for energy efficiency projects. It means that any company spending more than €5,000 on an energy efficiency project can qualify for funding of up to 30% of the project value. The new scheme is open to all businesses, whether or not they are customers of Energia.”