A rewarding way to support the local business community
IRD Duhallow’s commitment to supporting enterprise is deeply rooted in the foundation of the company and the 2017 enterprise awards show that, along with social development and environment enhancement, economic development is flourishing in rural areas like Duhallow.
Along with our partners, The Corkman, not only do we want to recognise excellence in all facets of business but also to strengthen networking and let everyone know the range and quality of rural enterprise in this region and its role in creating the wealth that improves quality of life.
The LEADER programme is slowly rolling out throughout the region and enterprise is a key pillar of the programme. The LEADER Local Development Strategy for North Cork has as its Enterprise objective:
‘ To support and develop community, social and private business; strengthen entrepreneurial capacity, innovation, production, distribution knowledge, infrastructure and networks to sustain and/or grow business and employment across the region between now and 2020.’
All the shortlisted businesses are helping to achieve that ambition, creating jobs and improving the quality of life for rural dwellers in the region.
IRD Duhallow is working hard supporting enterprises to overcome the bureaucracy and access these much needed LEADER funds for their businesses.
This is the fifth year of the business awards and once again, the standard of entries is exceptionally high. Agriculture is a key player for local enterprises amounting for almost 16% of our industry and I particularly welcome the reintroduction of the Agri Led Business Category, showcasing some of Duhallow’s finest farming- related enterprises as well as the new businesses, those led by women, the creative ones and of course the Community Enterprises.
We are extremely grateful to our panel of judges, Siobhan Murphy of The Corkman, James McAuley of McCarthy Insurance Group and Brenda Cahill, Cork City Partnership for their diligence in meeting and carefully selecting the winners.
And while we will laud the winners I want to congratulate all the finalists featured in this supplement.
The Corkman staff have once again done an excellent job in producing this first class feature of all the finalists. It shows magnificently the range and breath of rural enterprise throughout Duhallow and all are so deserving of our ongoing support.
We hope you enjoy this fine supplement and remember that in embarking on your Christmas shopping that you will try town first and support local business.
Kieran and Helen Linehan of the Ayrton Group in Newmarket (formerly Health & Safety Services), who won the Duhallow Business of the Year Award last year are pictured with Maura Walsh (CEO IRD Duhallow), Siobhan Murphy (Group Sales & Marketing Manager Corkman/Kerryman), Kevin Hughes (Group Editor Corkman/ Kerryman), Pat O’Neill (Operations Manager Ayrton Group), and Michael Creed (Minister for Agriculture, Food, and the Marine).
Daniel O’Keefe, left and Daniel O’Leary, proprietors of Alu Cat, Boherbue, won the Best Start Up category - being presented here by Maura Walsh, manager of IRD Duhallow - and then went on to win the Duhallow Business of the Year Award 2013 at the inaugral awards.
Gordon and Breeda O’Keeffe of K&L Deliveries, Millstreet, who came first in the Best Established Business category before going on to be crowned Duhallow Business of the Year 2014 receiving their award from IRD board member Brian Kelly.