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SFA 2016 Awards Announced - €50,000 package for all Finalists

 The SFA National Small Business Awards 2016 competition is open to all companies in Ireland with up to 50 employees and there is a wide range of categories to suit all sectors – including a category for companies with under five employees and newly formed businesses.

There are no entry fees to enter any categories in these awards and all shortlisted companies receive five invited places to attend the Gala Awards Ceremony which is held in the RDS, Concert Hall on 3 March 2016. A generous prize package of €50,000 is awarded to all shortlisted finalists throughout the programme with additional prizes for the overall winner.

Why enter?

As these awards celebrate excellence, achievement and innovation in small business this is your opportunity to promote and showcase your business and enhance your credibility both internationally and nationally through the extensive PR and media profile these awards attract. Companies are regularly featured in national and local press and radio. Previous SFA award winners have also featured in European SME week publications. These awards also provide companies with a vehicle to recognise the valuable commitment that employees make to the organisation by highlighting their contribution and achievement.

To enter

If you feel you have what it takes to be the best in small business enter online now. The entry process requires you to provide information under five headings:

  1. Your Company Profile
  2. Confirm the Category / Categories you wish to enter
  3. Why you deserve to win this award?
  4. Financial Information
  5. Your response to the current economic climate and your growth plans for the future


To see the different categories available to enter please click here.

To get your application form please click here.

The closing date for entries to be accepted is close of business on Friday 30th October 2016. 

Awards Patron
The SFA Awards are recognised by government as an acknowledgement of the contribution small business makes to our economy and its future success. As patron, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. is fully supportive of the awards programme.

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WHY ENTER?
 
Companies who are serious about progressing their business, recognising the efforts of their staff and celebrating their achievements to date should consider entering these awards. Taking part will focus your organisation to think strategically about the future.

Judging Criteria for this category:
This category aims to award outstanding achievement by a company that can provide evidence that it has set up or has made alterations to operations/structures within its business or on behalf on other businesses that have had a positive impact on energy consumption and/or on the environment. Companies that provide green products or services may apply too and the award will be clearly judged on evidence-based energy and environmental sustainability and therefore case studies will need to be included and the financial impact of improvements detailed. Companies need to show that they are both Environmentally Aware and Environmentally Responsible.

Entry Requirements:
Award entrants must comply with the following entry criteria:
  • All small businesses may enter up to a maximum of 50 employees. (This includes staff employed in the company on a fixed-term contract basis in excess of 12 months, and part-time staff who work in excess of 20 hours per week but excluding temporary agency workers).
  • Be in operation at least 2 years in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Not be a branch of another business.
  • Franchises can enter.
  • Businesses can enter more than one category.
  • Businesses/individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by other associated professionals (e.g. professional advisers, training providers, accountants etc)

Entry Process:
Applications to the awards 2016 programme are now open for entry.

Prizes:
The 2016 prize package for all finalists consists of:
  • The SFA will once again join forces with ManagementWorks to provide a comprehensive development programme which will include media and presentation skills training along with participation on a management development programme during the year.
  • Awards Showcase - participation in an SFA showcase which will promote all finalist companies.
  • An interview/profile in a specially commissioned "Irish Independent" Awards Supplement.
  • Award Trophy/Certificate - presented at a Gala Awards Ceremony.
  • One year membership of the Small Firms Association.

Overall Winner:
  • The 2016 Overall Winner will be presented with a winner trophy at a Gala event in March.
  • In addition an annual bursary of €5,000 has been very kindly donated by 2013 winner Megazyme International Ireland. The overall winner may nominate their charity of choice to receive this bursary.
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