Kildare's Ryan's Pharmacy and Pop Up Races named as finalists in SFA National Small Business Awards 2019

Small firms make an important contribution to local communities and economy

Leinster Leader reporter


Leinster Leader reporter


Kildare's Ryan's Pharmacy and Pop Up Races named finalists in SFA National Small Business Awards 2019

Ryan's Pharmacy in Rathangan

Two Kildare companies have been named as finalists in SFA National Small Business Awards 2019 - Ryan's Pharmacy and Pop up Races. 

The finalists have been officially announced by Sue O’Neill, SFA Chair and Chair of the SFA Awards Judging Panel. The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to Irish industry.

“The response to the awards programme serves as a reminder that Irish small companies are resilient, putting their best foot forward and seeking recognition for their efforts” commented Sue O’Neill.

“As well as our seven award categories we also feature five of the best Emerging New Businesses (less than two years established) and I must say that given the quality of the businesses represented this year, entrepreneurship is alive and well in Ireland.

 “The SFA National Small Business Awards are now entering their fifteenth year and are a celebration of the achievements of the 245,000 small firms in Ireland, who collectively employ 700,000 people, half the private sector workforce. The Awards aim to promote excellence, achievement and innovation amongst small businesses in all sectors and parts of the country. The companies that have been announced as finalists this year represent all that is good about small business” said O’Neill.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who is Patron of the Awards, stated that: “The SME sector is crucial to the success of the Irish economy making a huge contribution to jobs and economic growth. Each of these jobs is the result of enterprising and determined people who have turned ideas into businesses, creating employment and injecting life into our cities, towns and villages.

"These owner managers and their employees work incredibly hard and make an important contribution to their local communities and our economy. The SFA National Small Business Awards are a great way to showcase the many success stories. They provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of small firms across the different sectors.”

Thirty eight companies have been selected as finalists, from 14 different counties, across eight categories.

Ryan's Pharmacy is in the Services category while Pop Up Races is a finalist in the Outstanding Small Business category.

The awards prize package for all finalists includes participation in the SFA Business Connect event in February, a strategic management masterclass weekend, as well as broad-ranging national and local media coverage, all valued at €50,000.

Finalists also receive five complementary tickets to the gala prize giving ceremony which will take place in the RDS in February 2019 when the category winners and overall winner will be announced.  

The category winners will be presented with a trophy and free membership of the Small Firms Association for one year. The overall winner will also receive a bursary of €5,000 to present to a charity of their choice (funded by the 2013 Overall Winner, Megazyme International Ireland).