Eight leading Munster based companies celebrated success at the Munster final of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, which took place on 22nd October at The Silver Spring Hotel, Cork. The eight winners will now progress to the national final in December to compete with winners from Connacht, Leinster and Ulster.

A total of 627 companies entered this year’s business awards – the highest number ever, including 110 Munster businesses.

The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards provincial winners for Munster are as follows:

Woman Led Business –TVM

Best Business Start Up – Sedicii

Small Business – Q1 Scientific Ltd.

Established SME – Reagecon Diagnostics Ltd

Food and Drink – Chia Bia

Social Enterprise – Irish Community Rapid Response

International Business – TTM

Agri-Business –Wood Energy Solutions

 Speaking at the Munster awards, Tom Leahy, Ulster Bank Regional Director, said: “The recent Ulster Bank Economic Outlook highlighted that exports, consumer spending and investment are all growing together for the first time since 2007. This is an important sign that the Irish recovery is strengthening and SMEs have played a vital role in this. Their ambition and determination to be recognised is reflected in the record number of entries received this year. I’d like to congratulate each of our winners and wish them the best of luck at the national final on the 4th December.”

 The 2014 Ulster Bank Business Achiever will receive a comprehensive prize package including a €50,000 publishing bursary with the Irish Independent, business mentoring from Enterprise Ireland, a full service communications workshop, as well as national and regional PR coverage.

 For further information on the 2014 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards and the provincial winners, go to www.businessachieversaward.com. You can also follow all the action on Twitter using @ulsterbank and #businessachievers



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