Manufacturing Business Wins Place at National Enterprise Awards

A manufacturing company from Grange in Co. Sligo is representing Sligo at the National Enterprise Awards, the Local Enterprise Office has announced.

Luke Conway from LC Seating won the top prize at the County Enterprise Awards competition, which was one of the highlights during Local Enterprise Week.

LC Seating specialises in the provision of all types of custom made mobility seating, including carved foam, moulded seating & moulded toilet/shower seats; while also specialising in sleep systems for clients with complex sleeping support requirements.

The local company, which employs 10 and was set-up in 2008 will now be going head-to-head with thirty other high achieving businesses, to win a share of the €20,000 national prize fund.

The big announcement of the winner and presentation of their prize was made by John Reilly, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Sligo at a ceremony in City Hall.

Run every year by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in the Local Authorities Network, the National Enterprise Awards were set-up to celebrate the achievements of Ireland’s micro-enterprise sector.

Previous national winners have included companies such as Irish Yogurts from West Cork, DesignPro from Limerick, Simtech Aviation from Fingal, Innovate IT and Telecoms from Wexford, Hot Irishman Irish Coffee (Walsh Whiskey Distillery) from Carlow, along with Grouse Lodge Recording Studios from Westmeath.

According to John Reilly, Head of Enterprise of the Local Enterprise Office Sligo, the county has a growing number of small business success stories to showcase. He said: “We support hundreds of small businesses and start-ups every year, as the first stop shop for enterprises in the county. From start-ups setting up to small businesses looking to expand, the Local Enterprise Office supports, mentors and develops entrepreneurs every step of the way. The National Enterprise Awards are a way of shining the international spotlight on their success stories, giving local businesses the recognition they deserve. The county has a vibrant start-up and small business community and this awards competition is an important way of telling their success stories.”

Luke and his team met the judging panel in late April, for a chance to win one of twelve awards and the top prize of €10,000 for their business at the National Enterprise Awards ceremony on June 9th Entrepreneurs are judged on areas such as company competitiveness, use of technology, responsiveness to market trends alongside their own leadership qualities.

Further details about the supports available to local start-ups and small businesses are available through www.localenterprise.ie. Updates around local companies competing at the National Enterprise Awards are available by searching #NEAwards16 on social media.

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