Wexford finalists chosen to fly the flag for their county at the inaugural National Local Development Awards final

By Amy Lewis

Published 23/07/2016 | 00:00

Alice J Kelly, Millinery Blackwater (centre) with Cllr Kathleen Codd Nolan and Wexford County Council chairman, Cllr Paddy Kavanagh
Alice J Kelly, Millinery Blackwater (centre) with Cllr Kathleen Codd Nolan and Wexford County Council chairman, Cllr Paddy Kavanagh
George Kelly, Pedal Revolution, New Ross
Thomas Logan from Irish Fairy and Folk Crafts with Cllr Michael Whelan and Cllr Keith Doyle
Textile designer Grainne Kenny from Gorey
Paula Guerin, Tate Guerin Design, Wells House, with Marie Asple and Irene Foley
Sharon Clancy of Irish TV and Annette Stacey of Wexford Local Development
The three Wexford winners, front row: Moira Hart, Wexford Lavender Farm; Michael O'Connor, the Red Door coffee shop and deli, Carrig on Bannow; and Mairead McDaid, Chartered Physiotherapy Neurological Rehabilitation, Taghmon; back row: Minister Paul Kehoe; CEO Wexford Local Development Brian Kehoe and WLD chairman Michael Wall.

The Red Door Coffee Shop in Carrig-on-Bannow, Mairead McDaid Specialised Neurological and Older Adult Physiotherapy and Wexford Lavender Farm will fly the flag for Wexford at the National Local Development Enterprise Awards in September.

The three businesses were chosen as the finalists at the during the East Region Enterprise Awards in The Riverside Park Hotel last week, where they were up against 17 other businesses in Wexford. Along with securing a place in the national final, the three finalists scooped a prize of €1,000 each, a bespoke plaque and a promotional video for their business.

CEO of WLD Brian Kehoe congratulated all of the shortlisted applicants for their hard work, dedication and commitment to establishing their businesses.

'Wexford Local Development are delighted to be have been able to support your businesses to this point. The displays here this evening demonstrate the high calibre businesses in the competition and the strength of small business in Wexford,' he said.

Representative for the Department of Social Protection Patricia Delaney spoke about the various supports for business, while proprietor of the Forge Craft Shop gave a motivational speech and encouraged the finalists to 'strive towards your vision'.

The three local business owners now have their sights set on the inaugural National Local Development Awards at Dublin's Gibson Hotel in September. This new national award was established to recognise people who have successfully set up their business with WLD supports, helped it to grow and demonstrated potential for further growth. The overall winner in September will receive €3,000, with the runner-up receiving €2,000 and the business in third place receiving €1,000.

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