County’s young en­trepreneurs are hon­oured

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WEX­FORD BUSI­NESSES will be hop­ing for fur­ther suc­cess when they take part in the re­gional fi­nal of the Ire­land’s Best Young En­tre­pre­neur competition.

Wex­ford’s cat­e­gory win­ners were an­nounced re­cently at Wex­ford Co. Coun­cil. The competition is run by the Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice, in con­junc­tion with En­ter­prise Ire­land and the De­part­ment of Busi­ness, En­ter­prise and In­no­va­tion, and is now in its fourth year.

Tom Banville, Head of En­ter­prise in Wex­ford, ex­plained: ‘The search to find Wex­ford’s (and Ire­land’s) best young en­tre­pre­neur started back in Au­gust and we were de­lighted with the cal­i­bre of en­tries. Af­ter a very suc­cess­ful En­ter­prise Day, Boot­camp and County Fi­nal, I’m pleased to con­firm that the fu­ture of en­ter­prise and job cre­ation in Co. Wex­ford is bright.’

The competition awarded en­trepreneurs in three cat­e­gories – Best Es­tab­lished Busi­ness, Best Start Up, and Best Busi­ness Idea.

The win­ner of the Best Es­tab­lished Busi­ness was 27-year-old fash­ion de­signer Richard Malone from Wex­ford. Tomhag­gard en­tre­pre­neur Caro­line Martin, of Wed­ding Cre­ations, was the run­ner-up in the cat­e­gory.

The Best Start Up cat­e­gory was a hard-fought con­test with 21-year-old Brian Kenny of MyShowAd­vi­sor in En­nis­cor­thy even­tu­ally tak­ing the top spot, while 29-year-old Robert Tier­ney’s Gorey-based com­pany Boom Me­dia was named run­ner-up.

A num­ber of in­no­va­tive new busi­ness con­cepts emerged in the Best Busi­ness Idea cat­e­gory. 20-year-old Robert Byrne from En­nis­cor­thy took the top prize for this com­pany Con­nec­ while San­dra Martin (34) from Bosca Spraoi in Wex­ford scooped the run­ner-up ti­tle.

The Over­all Win­ner of the IBYE for Co. Wex­ford was Brian Kenny of MyShowAd­vi­sor.

The ad­ju­di­ca­tors for this year’s competition were Don Arthur, busi­ness men­tor with Mi­cro-Finance Ire­land, Helena Dempsey of Wex­ford Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment, and John O’Con­nor of En­nis­cor­thy En­ter­prise Cen­tre and The Hatch Lab. The awards cer­e­mony was at­tended by a num­ber of spe­cial guests in­clud­ing Min­is­ter of State Paul Ke­hoe.

Competition co­or­di­na­tor for Co. Wex­ford, Breege Cos­grave said the win­ners and run­ners-up would share in an in­vest­ment fund of up to €50,000 from the Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice, to grow and de­velop their busi­ness, with the three cat­e­gory win­ners go­ing for­ward to the re­gional finals in Jan­uary.

‘The team in Wex­ford Co. Coun­cil’s Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice will be pro­vid­ing in­ten­sive sup­ports be­tween now and then to pre­pare them for the re­gion­als and hope­fully Wex­ford will have a rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the IBYE Na­tional Finals in March.’

Richard Malone, De­signer, win­ner of the Best Es­tab­lished Busi­ness, pic­tured with Tom Banville, head of LEO; Cllr Bar­bara-Anne Mur­phy, Paul Ke­hoe TD and Tom En­right, CE, Wex­ford County Coun­cil.

Robert Byrne of con­nec­, win­ner of ther Best Busi­ness Idea, pic­tured with Tom Banville, head of LEO; Cllr Bar­bara-Anne Mur­phy, Paul Ke­hoe TD and Tom En­right, CE, Wex­ford County Coun­cil.

Win­ner of the Best Start-Up and Over­all Win­ner, Brian Kenny of Myshowad­vi­sor, pic­tured with Cllr Bar­bara-Anne Mur­phy and Paul Ke­hoe TD.

Cllr Bar­bara-Anne Mur­phy with the run­ners up in the Best Start-Up sec­tiotn, Robert Tier­ney and Michael O’Re­gan of Boom­me­dia.

Sarah Buck­ley, win­ner of the 3rd level busi­ness plan and Sa­man­tha Morris, run­ner-up in the 3rd level busi­ness plan with Min­is­ter Paul Ke­hoe TD.

Run­ner-up in the Best Es­tab­lished Busi­ness, Caro­line Martin of Wed­ding Cre­ations, pic­tured with Tom En­right, CE, Wex­ford County Coun­cil; Cllr Bar­bara-Anne Mur­phy; Tom Banville of LEO and Min­is­ter Paul Ke­hoe TD.

Run­ner up in the Best Busi­ness Idea, San­dra Martin of Bosca Spraoi with Tom En­right, CE, Wex­ford County Coun­cil; Min­is­ter Paul Ke­hoe TD and Tom Banville of LEO.

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