The finalists in the Small Firms Association (SFA ) National Small Business Awards 2014 were announced this week by, AJ Noonan, SFA chairman and chair of the awards judging panel. The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to Irish industry.
Two companies from Co Mayo are among this select group: Horizon has been nominated finalist in the Services category and Go Explore Hostel and Sailor's Bar & Restaurant, will be showcased in the Emerging New Business category
“The response to this year’s awards programme is a further reminder that Irish small companies are resilient, putting their best foot forward and seeking recognition for their efforts,” commented AJ Noonan, SFA chairman and chair of the awards judging panel. “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,” stated Noonan.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who is patron of the awards, stated: “Small firms don't just provide invaluable jobs in our economy, they act as the financial heartbeat of our communities, playing a fundamental role in rebuilding our economy. The awards provide an opportunity to take stock of the impressive achievements of small and medium firms across the country and to honour the men and women whose determination and will to succeed is critical to our recovery.”