ILDN Mid-West Regional Business Awards 2016
Congratulations to Marika Dubova and Monika Grabowska – business finalists from South Tipperary at the Mid West Regional Enterprise Awards at the Inn at Dromoland, 19th May 2016.
Regional Enterprise Awards for two Tipperary businesses
Two local businesses in South Tipperary were regional finalists at the recent Mid-West Local Development Regional Enterprise Awards Event that took place at the Inn at Dromoland, Co. Clare on 19th May 2016.
Monika Grabowska Photography – Monika specialises in photographing new born babies as well as family portraits while offering wedding and corporate photography. Uniquely, Monika makes many of the props and outfits for new-born and children photography sessions. Monika has been in business since 2015, is based in Kilsheelan and supported by South Tipperary Development Company.
Tipperary Hackney Cabs – Marika moved to Ireland from Latvia in 2001. On losing her job in 2010 Marika set up a successful hackney service in South Tipperary. Tipperary Hackney Cabs is based in Tipperary Town and supported by South Tipperary Development Company.
The event was a showcase of the wide range of businesses that have started in the Mid-West region with the support of Local Development Companies and the Short-term / Back to Work Enterprise Allowance scheme administered by the Department of Social Protection.
Marie Price Bolger, Chair of the Irish Local Development Network echoed the importance of business start-ups in the economic recovery and noted that across Ireland over 6,000 businesses were started in 2015 with the support of Local Development Companies and the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance. Jim Lynch, Regional Manager with Department of Social Protection spoke of the challenges and rewards that self-employment can bring and congratulated the 12 finalists on their success. Gillian Horan of local marketing and branding company, The Pudding, was inspirational in telling her story of setting up a business and gave some great advice on branding for small businesses.
The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the three businesses that will represent the Mid-West in the National LDC Enterprise Awards in September. The three winners were Kaye Faulkner of Partners in HomeCare, Co, Clare Lynch of Airmid Natural Irish Skincare Co. Clare, and Laura Fitzgerald of Future Heroes Childcare, Limerick.
About the Mid-West LDC Enterprise Network
The Mid West Local Development Company (LDC) Enterprise Awards were organised by the Mid-West LDC Enterprise Network. The members of the Network include Ballyhoura Development Company, Clare Local Development Company, North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, PAUL Partnership, South Tipperary Development Company and West Limerick Resources.