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Success for three Galway companies

Wednesday, 15th March, 2017 1:00am

Three Galway companies have been honoured at the Small Firms Association National Small Business Awards 2017.

Galway company Killary Adventure Centre won the Sustainable Energy Award and JPK Fencing was highly commended in this category, sponsored by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. The Foods of Athenry was highly commended in the Food and Drink category, sponsored by Bord Bia.

Winners were selected from over 500 applications received for the 2017 programme.

Together with Gaelforce Events and Connemara Adventure tours, Killary Adventure Centre has created a company in the West that is inspired by adventure. Last year the company received over 15,000 visitors to their centre and over 6,000 to their events. With a wind turbine, biomass boiler, composter amongst others, sustainability runs through the core of the businesses.

JPK Fencing is an Irish owned business specialising in the manufacture of high quality security and safety fencing for over 40 years. Since its inception in 1975, JPK Fencing has become one of Ireland’s most reputable and reliable contractors in the field of Palisade Fencing, Motorway Safety Barriers, Acoustic Fencing, Round Bar Railing, Weldmesh Fencing, Chainlink Fencing, Timber Fencing and Pedestrian Guard Rails. JPK Fencing is an ISO Accredited, Lean Manufacturing Certified organisation.

Based on the family farm in the West of Ireland, The Foods of Athenry are a multi-award winning bakery (more than 50 and counting) - manufacturing a ‘from scratch’ premium, all natural, additive free range of gluten free crackers, cookies, flapjacks, cereals and Christmas specialities. The company are registered with the Coeliac Society and are Crossed Grain accredited.

This is the thirteenth year of the SFA National Small Business Awards. Speaking at the event, SFA Chair, Sue O’Neill said “With the right environment, companies like those in the room tonight will revitalise every corner of our island, put the Irish small business community on the map and build on the 636 jobs they have already created, delivering prosperity and quality of life to more and more people. Tonight it is a privilege to have 34 of the best small businesses from 13 counties in Ireland in this room. You are the future of Irish business. You have proven your commitment, drive and ambition and we are delighted to celebrate your achievements.”

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