Twelve businesses are being shortlisted today in the search for the winners of the new DLDC Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Enterprise Awards 2014.
The awards are being held to mark the success of hundreds of local businesses started up under the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance scheme operated by Donegal Local Development Company, which covers all of Donegal apart from Inishowen.
Three winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in the Central Hotel in Donegal next Friday night, 11th April. They’ll go forward to the Northwest regional finals in Cavan in June.
Louise Brogan, Enterprise Co-ordinator with DLDC, said she believes they’ll be sending forward excellent businesses to fight for the regional awards.
“We’re delighted with the quality of the businesses who’ve entered – there are some fantastic success stories in there,” she said. “These businesses have been created by people who’ve known unemployment or redundancy but have seen opportunities to make a fresh start and have grabbed them.”
The judging of the awards is taking place at the public service centre in Donegal Town this afternoon and there are four people in the hot seats – Andre Levy, chairperson of the sponsors, The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey company; Jim Slevin, chairperson of DLDC, which operates the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme; and Mark Murray and Mary McHugh from the Department of Social Protection.
Andre Levy said: “I’m looking forward to hearing about these businesses in Donegal in more detail. We have been very impressed by the record of this scheme in Donegal, where it’s created several thousand businesses since it started in 1997. The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey is about celebrating the courage and determination of Irish people in difficult times, so we’re delighted to get the opportunity to help with awards like these.”
If you’re unemployed or have recently been made redundant, you can take a business idea – from IT to hairdressing – to Louise and her colleagues at DLDC. Contact Louise on 07497 23368 or at email@example.com