Thursday, March 14, 2019

A BALLACOLLA joinery has been named as Laois Enterprise of the Year at the county enterprise awards last Friday, 8 March, in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise.

Hanlon Woodcraft, based in Aghaboe, Ballacolla, specialises in the manufacture of bespoke kitchens and bedroom furniture and “is an innovative company which has embraced a technological approach to a traditional manual manufacturing sector”.

The firm was established in 2003 by well-known Aghaboe craftsman Danny Hanlon and the business has grown steadily in recent years with both an rise in employment numbers and an extended showroom and manufacturing facility.

The finalists at the county final of the National Enterprise awards in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Seated: Alan Meredith (Alan Meredith Studio), Danny Hanlon (Hanlon Woodcraft), cllr John King, Sile Headen (Machado Men’s Grooming) and David Walsh Kemmis (Ballykilcavan Brewing Company), Seamus Doran (business advisor LEO), Evelyn Reddin (CEO of Laois Enterprise Office), Gerry Murphy (financial officer at Laois Co Council) and John Mulholland (chief executive at Laois Co Council)

Mr Hanlon was presented with his award by Laois County Council cathaorileach John King at the ceremony and his firm will now represent Laois at the National Enterprise Award finals in Dublin on Wednesday 29 May.

The National Enterprise Awards have been run annually since 1997 and recognise the contribution that small businesses make to the Irish economy.

The other category winners announced at the awards were Ballykilcavan Brewery, which won the title of Laois Start-Up Business of the Year; Machado Men’s Grooming, Most Innovative Business; and Alan Meredith Studio, which was crowned as Exporter of the Year.

“Hanlon Woodcraft are very worthy winners of this year’s Laois Enterprise Awards as they have shown impressive business growth for the past number of years and have very ambitious plans for future growth,” said Evelyn Reddin, head of the Local Enterprise Office.

“The standard of entry into the local rounds of the National Enterprise Awards was very high this year and our judging panel had a very difficult task in deciding on the eventual winners. This is a real sign of the strength and continuing growth of the small business sector in Laois,” added Ms Reddin.

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