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WINNERS OF THE ILDN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY ENTERPRISE AWARDS 2016 ANNOUNCED
Dublin, 16 September 2016: The inaugural ILDN Local Development Company Enterprise Awards paid tribute and acknowledged the remarkable achievements of winning entrepreneurs, who were previously unemployed and set up new businesses, in creating employment for themselves and others.
The 18 finalists received Back to Work Enterprise Allowances (BTWEA) which enabled them to establish their businesses. They were also provided with key supports by Local Development Companies in their Regions. The 3 overall award winners were Simply Natural Health, a wheatgrass production company from Donegal, Kerry based K&T Bakery & Cafés and Dublin tech company Hub Controls.
County Monaghan was represented in the competition by Derek Dolan and the PROSEO team. Derek did county Monaghan proud and received an award on the night in recognition of PROSEO’s achievement in reaching the final. Derek established his highly successful search engine optimization and online marketing business in 2012. It provides services in SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Google AdWords, Web Design, Social Media, Selling B2B (Business to business), Increasing Customer Traffic and Sales. He has grown this business from his bedroom to occupy offices in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan and Dublin City Centre. PROSEO currently employs 6 full-time staff, 2 Salesmen operating on commission and has 2 part-time positions, one an Intern and the other a trainee developer. Derek intends to expand the business into the UK and European markets and will recruit 3 new staff in the year ahead to help him do so. You can view Dereks video for the judging panel here.
The BTWEA / STEA schemes are funded through the Department of Social Protection and advisory support is provided via the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP). SICAP is funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. The SICAP funded Local Development Company Enterprise officers are a key in supporting clients into creating their own businesses. Speaking at the awards ceremony in Dublin, Derek Dolan said, “I wish to thank everyone involved at Monaghan Integrated Development. I would urge anyone who has an idea or business concept and who is finding it difficult to make the next step to make contact with their local development company. They’ll soon put you on the right path. Had it not been for them I would not be in the place I am in today.” Three businesses from each of the six ILDN regions was represented in the national final, following successful regional finals held throughout May and June 2016. A panel of judges, made up of representatives from the Department of Social Protection and the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government, ILDN and Micro Finance Ireland made the final decision. Micro Finance Ireland was also a key sponsor of the Finals event.
Monaghan LEADER Funding Programme Now Open
A total budget of €7.59 million has been awarded for implementation and delivery of the LEADER Programme until the end of 2020. The funding was awarded based on a Local Development Strategy (LDS) which sets out the priority areas for the programme. The priorities in the strategy were identified through consultation with the local community in late 2015.
Click on the following link for further information on the Monaghan LEADER application process.
Volunteer of the Year 2016
Nominations for the 2016 Volunteer of the Year Awards are now closed and the winners will be announced shortly. Watch this space!
Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)
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Monaghan Business success at ILDN Border Region Enterprise Awards
Innovation and job creation were to the fore as the achievements of 14 start-up businesses were recognised at the second ILDN Border Region Enterprise Awards. This initiative pays tribute to and acknowledges the remarkable achievements of those individuals, previously unemployed who set up new businesses, creating employment for themselves and others using the DSP Enterprise Allowance schemes. All the businesses were started with the support of their local development company and used the DSPs Enterprise Allowance Schemes to help them get established.
Three of the fourteen businesses were selected to progress to the first ever ILDN National Enterprise Awards in Dublin this September. These were online marketing business ‘Pro SEO Ltd’ from Monaghan, ‘Tastys’ Fast Food outlets from Inishowen and ‘Simply Natural Health’, a Letterkenny based company that sells frozen wheatgrass shots and operates a local Artisan Food & Craft Market.
The presentation of the awards took place in the Cavan Crystal Hotel on Friday night 27th May. The awards were presented by Sean Quinn & Jim Slevin Chairman of the ILDN Border Region Network. A short biography of each business was read and Sean Quinn presented an award to the business owners present. The Monaghan nominees were:
Gráinne O’Hagan – Sound Haven Music Therapy.
Gráinne holds a BA in Music & Philosophy from NUIM and a Masters in Music Therapy from UL and has become a pioneer for the use of music therapy in the Northeast.
Gráinne’s company, Sound Haven Music Therapy works with various groups/individuals, including those with Autism, physical disability, mental health needs, learning disabilities, Downs Syndrome and Dementia or related Alzheimers. Gráinne includes the client in their own therapeutic process and no prior musical experience is needed to avail of the service.
Derek Dolan – Pro SEO Ltd
Derek Dolan has established a highly successful search engine optimization and online marketing business. This includes SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), Google Adwords, Web Design, Social Media, Selling B2B (Business to business), Increasing Customer Traffic and Sales. He has grown this business from his bedroom to occupy offices in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan and Dublin City Centre. Pro SEO currently employs 6 full-time staff, 2 Salesmen operating on commission and has 2 part-time positions, one an Intern and the other a trainee developer. Derek intends to expand the business into the UK and European markets and will recruit 3 new staff in the year ahead to help him do so.
All the nominees had high praise for the DSPs Enterprise Allowance schemes and the support received from their local development company. Derek Dolan stated “Without the BTWEA scheme and the support of the team in the local development company, it would not have been possible to start the business”.
Jim Slevin Chairman of the ILDN Border Region Network said, “The awards have brought fourteen businesses into the limelight but there are many more that could also have been on the shortlist. All the businesses were started by people who found themselves unemployed. These awards are about recognising their achievements in overcoming adverse circumstances to establish a successful business. It is also about giving hope to people who are unemployed and saying there’s something out there for them.”
Sean Quinn joked that he had started his business in 1973 with £600 and said “I probably have less now!” He expressed his admiration for those receiving awards on the night. He said he knew personally how tough business can be and stated that the border region needed people like those being recognised to ensure it had a vibrant economic future.