Survival is new success, says Senator at awards launch

the launch of the second Kildare Entrepreneurial Business Awards took place on Thursday last at the Lily O’Briens plant in Newbridge.

the launch of the second Kildare Entrepreneurial Business Awards took place on Thursday last at the Lily O’Briens plant in Newbridge.

Senator and CEO of Lily O’Briens, Mary Ann O’Brien, hosted the launch of the awards which celebrates Kildare entrepreneurship and local business.

“Survival is the new success,” said Senator O’Brien, who is a former Image Businesswoman of the Year.

“We are all having to innovate and cut costs. We want every business in Kildare aware of the awards. We want to be looking back in five years time at all the jobs created. We want jobs in Newbridge, Athy, Maynooth, Balitore. Let’s get out there and try and network every business we can.”

The awards are comprised to ten categories including Environment, Green Business, Tourism and Services while each winner receives a trophy by a local artist. The winner from each category goes forward to the short list for the overall Kildare Entrepreneurial Business Awards 2012 title and a cash prize of E5,000.

Last year’s winners were brother and sister team Johanna and John King of Clane Building Works.

“It was brilliant to win in the first year of the awards,” said Johanna. “On a personal level to have testament to your hard work and staff was a real morale boost.

“We employ 20 people full time and we are third generation and based in Clane. It is great to have something boosting the entrepreneurial spirit in Kildare.”

Applicants are invited to apply for to enter for the awards by February and the overall winner will go forward to represent Kildare in the National Enterpreneurial Awards next year.

Log on to www.kildareawards.ie to enter.