Two Tipperary companies named as finalists in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2020

  • Two Tipperary companies named as finalists in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2020
  • An Taoiseach says small firms make an important contribution to their local communities and our economy


The finalists in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2020 have been officially announced by Sue O’Neill, SFA Chair and Chair of the SFA 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.

“The response to the awards programme serves as a reminder that Irish small companies are resilient, putting their best foot forward and seeking recognition for their efforts” commented Sue O’Neill. “As well as our eight award categories, we also feature five of the best Emerging New Businesses (less than two years established) and, given the quality of the businesses represented this year, entrepreneurship is alive and well in Ireland.

“The SFA National Small Business Awards are now entering their sixteenth year and are a celebration of small business owners who in the past five years created over 75,000 jobs. The 267,000 small firms in Ireland employ half of the private sector workforce and these awards aim to promote excellence, achievement and innovation amongst these companies in all sectors and parts of the country. The companies that have been announced as finalists this year represent all that is good about small business” said O’Neill.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD, who is Patron of the Awards, stated that: “Small and medium businesses make a huge contribution to the Irish economy and the SFA awards are a fabulous and timely opportunity to recognise the talent and innovation in the Irish SME sector.”

41 companies have been selected as finalists, from 12 different counties, across 9 categories.

Two of the finalist companies are Tipperary-based:

  • The Tipperary Cheese Company – Food and Drink
  • Woodco Renewable Energy – Innovator of the Year

The Awards prize package for ALL finalists includes participation in the SFA Business Connect event on February 6, 2020, a strategic management masterclass weekend, as well as broad-ranging national and local media coverage, all valued at €50,000. Finalists also receive five complimentary tickets to the gala prize giving ceremony which will take place in the RDS on March 12, 2020 when the category winners and overall winner will be announced.

The category winners will be presented with a trophy and free membership of the Small Firms Association for one year. The overall winner will also receive a bursary of €5,000 to present to a charity of their choice (funded by the 2013 Overall Winner, Megazyme International Ireland).


Full list of Finalists:


MANUFACTURING CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by NSAI:

KORE Insulation, Cavan

Big Red Barn, Mayo

Kells Traditional Timber Windows & Doors, Meath

Carlow Concrete, Carlow

Green Angel, Dublin


FOOD & DRINK CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Bord Bia:

Baggot Street Wines, Dublin

Food at Fishers, Wicklow

Kettles Country House Hotel, Dublin

The Tipperary Cheese Company, Tipperary

Camerino Bakery, Dublin

Ice Cream Treats, Cavan

SERVICES CATEGORY FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Vodafone:

Etag Fixings Ireland, Dublin

On-site Refueling, Dublin

Riverside Spa, Cavan

SimoTech, Cork

T&I Fitouts, Kildare

Hero Recruitment, Galway


OUTSTANDING SMALL BUSINESS FINALISTS (up to five employees), sponsored by One4All:

BusterBox, Dublin

Gill Opticians, Dublin

Scattery Island Tours, Clare

Smart Business Analytics, Westmeath

Mattress Mick, Dublin

Child Paths, Dublin

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Permanent tsb:

Big Red Barn, Mayo

Equine MediRecord, Kildare

Ice Cream Treats, Cavan

Terra NutriTECH, Kildare

Woodco Renewable Energy, Tipperary

Zevo Health, Dublin

Sustainability FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland

KORE Insulation, Cavan

MBSL, Dublin

Vivid Edge, Dublin

Shoe Lane Coffee, Dublin

EXPORTER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS (up to 50 employees), sponsored by Enterprise Ireland:

Carlow Concrete, Carlow

IMS Marketing, Galway

Smarter Surfaces, Dublin

Adams & Butler, Dublin

BusterBox, Dublin

Big Red Barn, Mayo

WORKPLACE WELLBEING (up to 50 employees), sponsored by DeCare Dental

Interactions, Wicklow

Guardian Safety, Dublin

IMS Marketing, Galway

AVCOM, Dublin

EMERGING NEW BUSINESSES (up to 50 employees and under 2 years in business), sponsored by IE Domain Registry:

Vitztronics Smart Solutions, Kildare

Buildtech, Dublin

Soothing Solutions, Meath

The Salt Rooms, Meath

Vanguard Health Services International, Dublin


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