An Taoiseach Launches SFA Awards 2016
10th September 2015
The SFA National Small Business Awards 2016 were launched yesterday by the Awards Patron, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, at Government Buildings. 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 the Irish economy.
Speaking at the launch, An Taoiseach said, “As a passionate supporter of small firms I, on behalf of the Government, am delighted to support the SFA Awards. Small firms support the vast majority of jobs in all parts of our country and are leading our recovery. The Awards provide an opportunity to highlight the success of our small firms as they support our recovery by seeking out new markets and new opportunities. Supporting our small firms is essential to the Government’s strategy of securing the recovery and spreading it to every part of the country.”
The awards are free to enter and the prize package for all finalists includes an exhibition stand at that SFA National Small Business Showcase in Dublin Castle in February 2016, a strategic management masterclass weekend, a voucher for a Skillnets ManagementWorks management team/CEO course, as well as broad-ranging national and local media coverage, valued at €50,000.
Finalists also receive five complementary tickets to the Gala prize giving ceremony which will take place in March 2016 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, and 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).
Entries to the awards will be accepted until 5.30pm on Friday, October 30th, and entry forms are available online at www.sfa.ie/awards.