Roscommon-based company Service Matters was a finalist at the SFA National Small Business Awards that were held at Dublin’s Mansion House recently. Service Matters was an award winner in the Services Award section. Inis Ree Lodge nursing-home in Ballyleague was also a finalist in the Services Award section. The Scandanavian style nursing home is run by Ms. Eileen Burke. Bank of Ireland Business Banking sponsored the services award prizes. An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern presented the prizes. Service Matter was lauded for the great service that it provides and for the flexibility of its service. Inis Ree Lodge was praised for the ‘completely different concept in Irish nursing home care’ that sets it apart from other Irish nursing homes. ‘With its focus on providing a great service and its ability to be flexible, hygiene rental firm Service Matters has competed successfully for business with some of the largest multinational firms in the industry,’ said Mr. Pat Crotty, Chairman of the SFA and the National Small Business Awards judging panel. ‘From the outset Innis Ree Lodge was planned as a completely different concept in nursing home care in Ireland,’ said Mr. Crotty when complimenting the Ballyleague-Lanesboro nursing home An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern praised the Roscommon businesses for the role that they play in Irish economic life. ‘As a small and very open economy Ireland is directly affected by recent changes in the international economic environment. However, the fundamentals of the Irish economy are strong. ‘With well over 90 percent of companies operating in Ireland today employing less than 50 people, the crucial role of a vibrant, innovative small business sector is beyond question,’ said Mr. Ahern. There are now 43 employees working for Service Matters. It has a 20,000 sq ft base in Roscommon and another location in Font Hill Industrial Estate in Dublin, which allows the company keep close to customer markets there. Sixty patients stay at the Inis Ree Lodge. The SFA National Small Business Awards is now in its fourth year and the number of entrants has increased significantly in that time.