Unison Engineering Services has been named as Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 in the Limerick Final of the National Enterprise Awards at a ceremony in the Limerick Strand Hotel.
The Limerick City based supplier and servicer to the Irish dairy, food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries was one of five companies presented with awards by Cllr. Maria Byrne, Deputy Mayor of Limerick. The other Limerick Final category winners were Fusion Magazine (Best Service Business), Key Ingredients (Best New Start up), Electricity Exchange (Business with Best Development Potential) and Adare-based Aisling Maher (Innovation).
Unison Engineering will be Limerick’s representative in the National Final of the National Enterprise Awards on 11th June in Kilmainham, Dublin.
The competition is organised by Ireland’s network of Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) to give recognition to the contribution of micro enterprises to the national economy. Past winners of the national competition include Irish Yogurts from West Cork, Hot Irishman Irish Coffee from Carlow, Grouse Recording Studios from Westmeath, and Paul Collins of Limerick-based DesignPro Ltd who was guest speaker at today’s ceremony.
Past winners of the national competition include Irish Yogurts from West Cork, Hot Irishman Irish Coffee from Carlow, Grouse Recording Studios from Westmeath, and Paul Collins of Limerick-based DesignPro Ltd who was guest speaker at today’s ceremony.
Figures released today by the Limerick Local Enterprise Office Limerick reveal that 15 projects for start up businesses and business expansions were approved during the first quarter of 2015. The grant total to date has totalled €341,000 from which 30 full-time jobs have been created in Limerick. The recently launched 2015 Spring/Summer training programme for local entrepreneurs has over 60 training courses on offer between now and June. Visit http://www.localenterprise.ie/Limerick.
Limerick Final of the National Enterprise Awards winners:
Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 – Unison Engineering Services Ltd was set up by Paul Sheehan in 2006 and has since become a recognised prime supplier and servicer to the dairy, food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries in Ireland of process equipment, including pasteurisers, homogenisers, pumps and valves. Located at the Enterprise Centre, Kilmallock Rd, Limerick, Unison Engineering offers integrated solutions for maintenance and repair. Unison Engineering have through their development team designed and manufactured their own range of products such as Integrated Heat Exchanger Integrity Unit, PLC Water Saver Unit and Skid Mounted Compact Pasturing Units and new to the market is their unique miniature Pasteurizer. The miniature Pasteuriser is the first unit designed for fully automatic HTST flash pasturing. With the service and the supply that the business offers its customers it has proven to be very successful and now employs 9 people full time. Paul relies on quality and customer service to ensure that his business develops and grow in the future.
Best Service Business – Michelle Costello established Fusion Magazine – a creative publication highlighting positive Limerick – in February 2014. Michelle graduated as a mature student from Mary Immaculate College in 2013 with a BA in Liberal Arts, majoring in Media & Communications. Prior to returning to college, the promoter worked for 11 years in a wide range of media channels – Limerick Leader, Spin south west, Limerick Post etc and has a strong experience in PR. Fusion Magazine is based in the heart of Limerick City on O’Connell Street. Published monthly, this magazine creates a platform for business to promote their brand to a wide audience within the City and County. Fusion Magazine is available through supermarkets, retail, hotels and online.
Best New Start Up – Key Ingredients was set up by five ex-employees – Peter Doyle, John Keyes, Tom Brett, Danny McDaid and Richard West – of Kerry Ingredients in June 2013. The manufacturing facility is located in Annacotty Business Park. Key Ingredients supply ingredients to the food industry in Ireland, UK and USA. Products include seasonings for sausages, burgers, black and white puddings. Key Ingredients also supply coatings and glazes for chicken and fish and blends for soup and bakery trade. In addition they supply natural colours and flavours to Irish food business. The business was awarded an A grade in BRC in October 2013 reflecting their commitment to quality and customer services. Key Ingredients currently employs 9 full time staff.
Business with Best Development Potential – Castletroy-based Electricity Exchange – a virtual power plant operating in Ireland’s electricity market – was established by Dr Paddy Finn in 2014. The business developed a proprietary metering and control system that allows monitoring and control of backup generators that sit idle on the sites of large electricity users throughout Ireland. Dr. Paddy Finn and Electricity Exchange were recently honoured in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) 2014 competition with Best Startup in the Limerick Region, Overall Winner for the Limerick Region, and were subsequently awarded the IBYE South West Regional Winner. Dr. Finn took part in the National Finals in the Best Startup category held at Google’s European Headquarters in Dublin, where Electricity Exchange were honoured as a Top 3 Finalist. Currently employing 7 fulltime and 2 part time staff, Dr. Paddy Finn was recently featured on a Drive Time report on Irish Energy Innovators.
Innovation – Adare-based Aisling Maher Millinery & Design was established in 2010. Aisling started her business after qualifying as an architect from university College Dublin. With little opportunity visible in the building industry in Ireland Aisling decided to transfer her design skills into the creation of a small collection of hats and headpieces. Aisling took her first order for a hat without knowing how to make a piece and since then has created her own methods to make pieces that are exclusive to her business. The brand has been worn by Catherine Zeta Jones along with multiple award achievements such as Fashion Focus Milliner of the Year in 2012, Galway Races Wear Irish Award in 2013 and Galway Races Best Dressed Lady in 2014. Currently employing 4 people in her store in Adare, Aisling’s pieces are available across Europe and in the US in selected stores.