High praise for Wexford businesses at inaugural ILDN National Enterprise Awards

By Amy Lewis

Published 08/10/2016 | 00:00

CEO WLD Brian Kehoe
CEO WLD Brian Kehoe

Three Wexford companies flew the flag for the county when they faced stiff competition in the final of the inaugural ILDN National Enterprise Awards at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin.

The Red Door Coffee Shop in Carrig on Bannow, Mairead McDaid Chartered Physiotherapy and Neurological Rehabilitation in Taghmon and Wexford Lavender Farm in Inch were all competing in the final. Although they did not win the grand prize, the businesses received great praise from judges.

Brian Kehoe, CEO WLD was in attendance at the event and had much to say about the local finalists.

'All three Wexford based finalists should be extremely proud of themselves for their achievements in their businesses to date and for reaching the national final overall. The Inaugural Enterprise Awards pay tribute and acknowledge the remarkable achievements of entrepreneurs, who were previously unemployed and set up new businesses, creating employment for themselves and others. All finalists are great ambassadors of what can be achieved through the BtWEA and STEA schemes with the support from WLD who are very proud to be part of their successful journey,' he said.

The three Wexford businesses reached a list of 18 shortlisted finalists following regional heats across the country. The overall winner of the event was Derek Walker, Simply Natural Health, a wheatgrass production company based in Donegal.

Wexford Lavender Farm, The Red Door Café and Mairead McDaid Chartered Physiotherapy and Neurological Rehabilitation gained vast exposure through TV, radio and press during the contest. Irish TV also featured each of them on 'Wexford Matters'.

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