Meath Enterprise Week 2017 – The Meath Business and Tourism Awards – ‘3 Minute Pitch’

As part of Meath Enterprise Week 2017, a weeklong series of enterprise events, workshops and seminars which took place across the county to celebrate and promote enterprise development, AIB Navan hosted a fabulous event where the Meath Business & Tourism Awards finalists were given the opportunity to pitch their business to the judges and their peers in 3 minutes, not an easy task!

The aim of the awards is to highlight and emphasise the successes of local Meath companies. It is organised annually by the Meath Chronicle in partnership with Meath County Council and was supported this year by sponsors Alltech, AIB, New Boliden Tara Mines, Costa Systems, Sheridan Insurance, eComm Merchant Solutions, Discover Boyne Valley and host sponsor – Newgrange Hotel.

A huge crowd turned up on the night to support the nominees and AIB proved once more to be excellent hosts with plenty of delicious food and nibbles on offer!

The judges – Kevin Stewart, Gary O’Meara, Sharon Scanlon, Aisling Vaughan, Noel Moran and John Keoghan with an absent Joe English were looking forward to hearing the pitches and hoping that they would help them come to a decision on the winners for each of the categories!

As proceedings got underway it was clear that there were plenty of nerves in the room however each nominee gave a fantastic account of themselves and it was a hugely enjoyable evening listening to the various pitches. There were too many on the night to go into detail on each of them but suffice is to say there is plenty of excellent enterprise in Meath both from old and new businesses and the judges have some difficult decisions ahead of them!

 A special mention to Jack Kiernan who on the night was celebrating an astounding 49 years in business in Navan. This achievement is immense and everyone there on the night was delighted to be able to share in the celebrations.

The winner of each category and of the overall Business of the Year will be announced at a gala dinner on the 24th November in the Newgrange Hotel. We would like to wish all nominees the best of luck on the night and look forward to hearing the results!

A small bit of information on Meath Enterprise. Our goals are to-

  • To establish business clusters by providing infrastructure to enable new and existing businesses to scale and succeed.
  • To facilitate enterprise development, collaboration and innovation through effective learning, mentoring and networking.
  • To collaborate with local, regional and national bodies to drive entrepreneurship, innovation and business development.

We manage an 85,000 sq. foot facility in Navan which is home to new and existing businesses across multiple sectors such as food, digital and tech. We also manage a 25,000-sq. foot high spec office space in Kells which will become the home of the new international Technology Startup and Scale up Hub known as Kells Tech. Meath Enterprise is proposing to develop the Navan Digital Hub alongside the existing Meath Enterprise Centre in Navan. The proposed Boyne Valley Food Innovation District is being project managed by Meath Enterprise. The BVFID aims to be to food what Silicon Valley is to technology. Our purpose is to facilitate the scalable expansion of new and existing food companies to exploit the global opportunity in the food sector by providing guidance, support, resources and facilities which will enable economic and social benefits for Ireland at a regional and national level.

For more information on Meath Enterprise please contact us-

+353 46 9073753