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Tuesday, 19th January 2021

Two local companies in finals of National Enterprise Awards

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Conor Grimes and Jayne Gavin of Spoonfull Botanicals in Tullyallen.

Two companies based in the Drogheda area have been selected today to represent Louth and Meath respectively in the Finals of the National Enterprise Awards and will now go on to compete for a €50,000 prize fund.

Spoonful Botanical based in Tullyallen will represent Louth in the finals while the Meath representative is Qualitas Electronics who are based in Duleek.

Spoonful Botanical is the is brainchild of Conor Grimes and Jayne Gavin whose product is a blend of highest quality medicinal grade herbs, spices and fermented fruits, including turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cinnamon and cayenne.

The handmade product, which is designed to help combat inflammation in the body, is currently stocked in over 200 stores and pharmacies in Ireland and recently began exporting to the UK also.

Qualitas Electronics provides electronics assembly services to the tech sector, including PCB prototyping, low to mid volume production runs and consultancy. Its national and international clients come to the Duleek based business to access the kind of expert knowledge and experience that ensures effective collaboration from the very beginning of a project right through to the finished product.

This year sees the addition of two new award categories that reflect the challenging business conditions that companies have faced in 2020.  The Pivot Award will be presented to a company who has successfully pivoted their business in the face of challenging conditions in the last 12 months.  

The Brexit Ready Award will be presented to a company who have excelled in their preparation for Brexit particularly where it would have created specific challenges for them as a business.  

Alan Jackson, the Owner/Managing Director at Qualitas Electronics.

“Through the National Enterprise Awards we celebrate the very best in small local companies who are leading in their field of business expertise” said Minister for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English.  

“Over the past 20 years the awards have been the benchmark for excellence in micro-enterprise across the country.  Looking at the list of winners, finalists and participants through the years it is easy to be inspired by our talented businesses and people who are the backbone of outstanding Irish entrepreneurs, many of whom are trading successfully across the globe.  This year’s finalists are no different with some exceptional companies shortlisted   

Chair of the National Enterprise Awards Committee , Breda Fox, said:

“It has been a challenging year for small businesses so this is a chance to highlight positive stories and businesses who have excelled in the face of unprecedented challenges.  These businesses have been through a rigorous process of judging, auditing every aspect of their business and this in itself can be a huge benefit to them as they plan for the future. 

“Whether they win or not these finalists are well positioned to follow in the footsteps of the great companies that have gone before them such as Pestle & Mortar, Simtech Aviation and Terra NutriTech and as a network, the Local Enterprise Offices look forward to continuing to support them to help them grow.” 

Congratulating the two local companies on their selection Fine Gael TD, Fergus O’Dowd, said; “The National Enterprise Awards Final will take place virtually on the 11th February and I send my best wishes to both companies announced today as finalists by the Louth and Meath County Local Enterprise Offices.

O’Dowd continued; “The National Enterprise Awards celebrate small businesses and recognise excellence in exporting, sustainability and innovation. The finalists are competing for a €50,000 prize fund which goes to the overall winner, as well as eight regional awards.

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