National Enterprise Awards
We are so delighted to be selected as one of the Finalists in the National Enterprise Awards, being held at the Aviva Stadium in June. We are proud to be selected to represent West Cork Enterprise Office. The Local Enterprise office in West Cork have been invaluable in their assistance to Hennessy Timber Group over the past few years.
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.