Winner of National Enterprise Awards County Final Georgia Visnyei, Art of Coffee with Frank Dolan, Leas Cathaoirleach, Leitrim County Council
A coffee roasting business from Carrick-on-Shannon is this year’s winner of the Leitrim Enterprise Award for 2019.
Art of Coffee took the top prize of €1,500 and will now represent Local Enterprise Office Leitrim at the 21st National Enterprise Awards on May 29 in the Mansion House in Dublin.
Art of Coffee supplies freshly roasted coffee beans to businesses and consumers.
Other winners at the Leitrim Enterprise Awards held at the Landmark Hotel included Culture Mee Ltd, a content platform which unlocks the keys to the local culture for business travellers, FS Professional Engineering Ltd who supplies general engineering and manufacturing service and maintenance.
National Enterprise Awards County Final prize winners. Back row: Cllr Enda Stenson on behalf of Mohill Sustainable Energy Community, Anne Guckian, Leitrim Office Supplies, Gerry Creamer, Caislean Hamilton, Declan McNamee, Sheila Moran, Moran McNamara, Sham Hanifa, Chef Sham Sauces, Andrew Dunn, Infinite Touch and Joe Lowe, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office. Front Row: John Lee, Culture Mee, second prize, Georgia Visnyei, Art of Coffee, Overall Winner, Geraldine Reynolds, Local Enterprise Office on behalf of FS Professional Engineering Ltd, third prize
Judging is taking place in April and May and Art of Coffee will be competing against 30 other finalists from every local authority area for a share of the €40,000 prize fund.
The Mansion House in Dublin is the venue for the awards ceremony in May and categories this year include Best Export Business, Best Start Up Business and Innovation, in addition to eight regional awards.
Speaking during Local Enterprise Week, Joe Lowe, head of enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Leitrim said: “Art of Coffee has already become a success story and the judges were particularly impressed by their business strategy and success in domestic and export markets. The National Enterprise Awards are a great barometer for what the local enterprise offices are doing and every year the standard is getting better and better and we are delighted to have Art of Coffee representing us in Dublin in May.”
Six other local businesses were also shortlisted this year, and they were Chef Sham, Jamestown, Leitrim Office Supplies, Leitrim Village, Moran McNamara, Carrick-on-Shannon, Infinite Touch, Carrigallen, Caislean Hamilton, Manor hamilton and Mohill SEC, Mohill.
Frank Dolan, Leas Cathaoirleach, LCC, elected representatives and members of the Evaluation and Approvals Committee attended the awards.
Other high-profile events during Local Enterprise Week included Student Enterprise Awards County Final, How to Create a Marketing Video using your Smartphone, and Taste Leitrim – The Art of Stunning Photography.
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