National Enterprise Awards

Cork North and West Businesses Announced for National Enterprise Competition

Two burgeoning Cork businesses have today been chosen to represent the Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West at this year’s National Enterprise Awards which takes place in Dublin in June. Health and Safety Publications will represent Cork North while Hennessy Timber Group will represent Cork West, after scooping €2,000 each in prize funds comprised of cash and one to one business mentoring, at a special awards ceremony at County Hall.

07/04/2016 Aidan Hennessy of Hennessy Timber Group pictured at one of their manufacturing plants near Clonakilty, West Cork. Hennessy Timber Group specialise in design and manufacture of Garden Sheds, Bespoke Timber Cabins, Garden Furniture, Fencing, Gates, Kids play units, Kennels, Timber shipping crates and packaging. Hennessy Timber Group has been established for 15 years and over the years has earned an excellent reputation for high quality timber products and exceptionally customer service. Hennessy Timber Group have gained extensive experience in Residential, Commercial and Leisure Markets. The company have been awarded numerous large Commercial Contracts for over the past 15 years. Some of these projects include The Boardwalk at the Clarion Hotel in Cork and all timber works at the CastleMartyr Resort Hotel in Cork. In recent years, Hennessy Timber Group have entered the leisure market with the design and manufacture of a unique Timber Pirate Ship Playground commissioned by the Quality Hotel Group. The company has also designed and built a bespoke timber panel maze which is proving a big attraction at the Rosscarbery Adventure Centre in Cork. Hennessy Timber Group is a full member of the National Guild of Master Craftsmen. The National Guild of Master Craftsmen is the largest organisation representing skilled and accredited tradesmen and builders. The workforce of Hennessy Timber Group are well-established master craftsmen with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Hennessy Timber Group is a member of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) which is Ireland’s official standards body. Being a member of this national certification authority ensures Hennessy Timber Group’s goods and services conform to applicable standards and are a reliable source. The NSAI’s certification services are recognised by accreditation bodies in Ireland, the UK, the USA and Canada and focus on quality management. Picture: Emma Jervis Photography

Picture: Emma Jervis Photography

The West Cork winner, Aidan Hennessy set up Hennessy Timber Group in Clonakilty in 2003 at age 24. Beginning as a manufacturer of a range of timber products for homeowners, the business grew exponentially during the boom years, working on large scale construction projects including the building of Munster’s first boardwalk at Lapps Quay, Cork. During the recession, Hennessy identified the commercial timber packaging business as one that he could develop, growing this from zero in 2012 to a turnover of €1 million in just three years. Now employing 10 people at his Clonakilty base, Hennessy Timber Group recently established a UK facility in Coventry which serves as a base and a finishing site for timber packaging product that is manufactured in Ireland. Now targeting new accounts, the business which has received funding from the Local Enterprise Office in Clonakilty to the tune of €70,000 is confident of achieving €1 million in sales in the UK alone in the next 18 months as well as creating at least 6 new jobs locally within two years. The business is also expanding to the design and development of products in the corporate leisure market including bespoke mazes, miniature golf systems, zip wire/climbing towers, and camping pods, with a new Adventure Course just commencing work at the Quality Hotel, Clonakilty.

Both businesses will now go head-to-head with over thirty other high achieving businesses, to win a share of the €20,000 national prize fund. Run every year by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in the Local Authorities Network, the National Enterprise Awards were set-up to celebrate the achievements of Ireland’s micro-enterprise sector. Previous Overall & Local Winners include Irish Yoghurts, West Cork Distillers and Glenilen Farm Products.

At the awards ceremony, Kevin Curran, Acting Head of Enterprise for Cork North and West spoke of the importance of recognising local businesses that are not only building successful enterprises for themselves but also creating vital employment in their local areas. “Last year alone our offices in Clonakilty and Mallow supported more than 400 small businesses and start-ups with business advice & mentoring, and approved almost €600,000 in financial aid, and this is set to increase further in 2016. Our offices offer vital supports, mentoring and continued development of local entrepreneurs. The National Enterprise Awards highlight these local success stories and give them the recognition they deserve and we are proud to have Marek and Aidan represent us at the finals in June. Both North and West Cork possess vibrant start-up and small business communities and these awards are an important way of showcasing their success stories.”

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