Sue O’Neill, chair, SFA, Padraig Sheerin, head of SME, Three, sponsor of the Services Award, Shane Ryan and Clodagh Conlon, Ryan’s Pharmacy and Sven Spollen-Behrens, director, SFA
Kildare-based company Ryan's Pharmacy has won the Services Category at the SFA National Small Business Awards 2019.
The awards took place last Thursday, 7 March and celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland. They recognise the vital contribution of the sector to the Irish economy.
The winners were selected from hundreds of applications received for the 2019 programme.
Shane Ryan, who runs five pharmacies in Kildare and Offaly is thrilled with the award.
"To receive this recognition on a national scale has been amazing - to recognise us, as a small group, and validate the service that we provide for all our customers. This award is for all the staff and for all our customers who have supported us. We will continue to innovate, and go above and beyond their expectations and listen to what our customers want. We are extremely appreciative," he said.
Mr Ryan also praised his hardworking staff for their commitment. The trophy and certificate are being displayed in the Rathangan store and customers have been congratulating the staff all week.
Announcing Ryan's Pharmacy’s win, Sue O’Neill, SFA Chair and Chair of the Awards Judging Panel, said: “This is not your traditional pharmacy. Ryan’s has won this award for the way the company has demonstrated how it responds to evolving trends and changing customer requirements. Ryan’s is the only pharmacy in Ireland registered with the Design and Craft Council of Ireland and stocks at least 10 Irish craft and design brands at any one time.”
SFA Director Sven Spollen-Behrens added: “We continue to grow an Awards programme that positions the small business brand, as the backbone of the Irish economy. It has been great tonight to celebrate the best in small business. Small businesses contributed to the recovery of our economy by making difficult decisions in times of recession. They are proving yet again their resilience and flexibility when faced with new challenges."
Sarah Donnelly, Philip Spellman, Clodagh Conlon all from Ryan’s Pharmacy
The seven category winners are:
Manufacturing: Blueacre Technology (Louth)
Food & Drink: The Foods of Athenry (Galway)
Highly commended: Fenit Fruit & Veg (Kerry)
Services: Ryan's Pharmacy (Kildare)
Highly commended: Contracting PLUS (Dublin)
Innovator of the Year: NVP Energy (Galway)
Highly commended: OVVO (Louth)
Exporter of the Year: Prodigy Learning (Dublin)
Sustainable Energy: Monasterboice Inn (Louth)
Outstanding Small Business (up to 5 employees): Horan Automation (Tipperary)
The following Emerging New Businesses (under 2 years) were recognised on the night.
Get the Shifts (Clare)
The UX Studio (Galway)