A company based on the Laois Carlow border has won a prestigious national business award for developing products that meets to the security needs of cyclists.
Cyc-Lok in Graiguecullen has won the “Innovation Award” at the 2018 National Enterprise Awards in a competition organised by the Local Enterprise Offices at the Mansion House, Dublin on May 24.
Backed by Local Enterprise Office Laois, Stephen and Louise Murphy set up the company in 2014 to develop secure bicycle storage facilities.
Stephen and Louise want to develop a Europe-wide and global network of secure bicycle parking facilities in response to the dramatic surge in cycling for recreation and especially for transport in urban commuter zones.
The announcement was made yesterday evening in the Mansion House by the Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen T.D.
Evelyn Reddin, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Laois, congratulated the winners. She said the National Enterprise Awards are an annual celebration of the achievements of Ireland’s small businesses.
"Cyc-Lok are very deserving winners of this award, because of the impact that they have already made on their sector. This award recognises that their bicycle storages lockers have international appeal and Local Enterprise Office Laois is proud to have supported them along their journey to success,” she said.
Minister Breen said the National Enterprise Awards are a fitting way to recognise the contribution of Ireland’s most innovative, strategic and adaptive businesses, and to put their success stories into the national spotlight as an example to others.
"I would like to congratulate all the micro-enterprises and small businesses that are being celebrated here tonight. This year’s winners, like all those in previous years, represent the backbone of Ireland’s enterprise success and contribute hugely to the economic vibrancy of their respective regions,” he said.
Laois was represented at the National Enterprise Awards by Evelyn Reddin and Honor Deevy from the Local Enterprise Office and Cllr. Padraig Fleming, Cathaoirleach and John Mulholland, Chief Executive of Laois County Council.
The Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities celebrated ‘20 Years of Winners’ at this year’s National Enterprise Awards, which was originally set up in 1998 to celebrate the achievements of Ireland’s micro-enterprises and small businesses.
According to a survey by the Local Enterprise Offices, previous winners of the National Enterprise Awards now employ 832 people and generate €131 million in sales annually, including €58 million worth of export sales to 52 countries. Eleven former winners, such as Irish Yogurts, Obelisk and DigiWeb, scaled-up their businesses since winning a National Enterprise Award to become Enterprise Ireland clients.
The full list of winners at the 2018 National Enterprise Awards were as follows:
Overall Winner National Enterprise Awards 2018 (Cash Prize for business: €10,000)Terra Liquid Minerals, backed by Local Enterprise Office Kildarewww.tlm.ie - smart liquid mineral injection system provider
Best Start Up Business (Cash Prize for business: €5,000)Get the Shifts Ltd, backed by Local Enterprise Office Clarewww.gettheshifts.com - skilled, temporary hospitality staff
Best Export Business (Cash Prize for business: €5,000)Burren Precast Concrete, backed by Local Enterprise Office Carlowwww.carlowconcrete.com - attenuation and flood alleviation tanks manufacturer
Innovation Award (Cash Prize for business: €5,000)Cyc-lok Ltd, backed by Local Enterprise Office Laoiswww.cyc-lok.ie - suppliers of access-controlled bike parking lockers
Regional Awards: (Cash Prize for business: €2,000 each)
DUBLIN: Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin WeBringg, backed by Local Enterprise Office Fingalwww.webringg.com - 90-minute online sales delivery service
SOUTH WEST: Clare, Kerry, Limerickand Tipperary
Horizon Offsite Ltd, backed by Local Enterprise Office Tipperarywww.horizonos.ie- light-gauge steel building system manufacturer
MID-EAST: Kildare, Laois, Offaly and WestmeathIrish Craft Canning, backed by Local Enterprise Office Westmeath
www.craftcanning.ie- Irish craft beverage process and packaging services
SOUTH: Cork City, Cork North & West, South Cork and Waterford Blackwater Distillery, backed by Local Enterprise Office Waterford
www.blackwaterdistillery.ie - Irish distillery famous for gin
SOUTH EAST: Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow Asistec, backed by Local Enterprise Office Wicklow
www.asistec.ie - solutions for cell storage and growth
NORTH WEST: Donegal, Leitrim, Longford and Sligo Niche Specialist Staffing Partners, backed by Local Enterprise Office Donegal
www.nichessp.com- international recruitment firm for construction estimators
NORTH EAST: Cavan, Louth, Meath and Monaghan Avail, backed by Local Enterprise Office Cavan
www.availsupport.ie - mobile healthcare solution for thosewith learning difficulties
WEST: Galway, Mayo and Roscommon
Joint-It, backed by Local Enterprise Office Galwaywww.jointit.com - ready-mixed jointing compound manufacturer
Details on the Local Enterprise Office supports available for small businesses are available at www.localenterprise.ie, and funding for the Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities is provided by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland.