Roscommon bridal company a winner at National Enterprise Awards

Pictured at the recent awards were John Magee (Head of the Network of Local Enterprise Offices), Ruth Larkin (Lark Bridal), Simon Coveney TD (Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment), Jason Larkin (Lark Bridal), and Louise Ward (Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Roscommon). Pic: McCabe Photography

Monksland-based Lark Bridal, who are supported by Local Enterprise Office Roscommon, were recently named as the winners of the West Region Award at this year’s National Enterprise Awards.

The awards, which took place at the Round Room in the Mansion House in Dublin on Thursday, June 1st, are in their 23rd year and run annually by the Local Enterprise Offices.

Lark Bridal is a bridal wear business based in Monksland, Athlone, and founded in 2013 by Ruth Larkin. Since then, the business has grown to exclusively distribute the world’s leading bridal wear brands globally. Lark Bridal now supplies over 1000 outlets in 32 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, all from its base in County Roscommon.

They follow in the footsteps of Studio Meala from Boyle, who also won the West Regional Award in 2022, and Lidan Designs from Roscommon town, clinching the National Enterprise Future Focus Award in 2021.

Speaking following the announcement, Louise Ward (Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Roscommon) remarked, “Lark Bridal is a very deserving winner of this year’s West Regional Enterprise Award.

Jason and Ruth Larkin of Lark Bridal pictured recently at the National Enterprise Awards. Pic: McCabe Photography

“Our team in Local Enterprise Office Roscommon are very proud of their achievements. We wish Ruth, Jason and their team every success as they continue to grow their world class business from County Roscommon. Lark Bridal epitomise the qualities of innovation, resilience, creativity and ambition that are necessary in all successful businesses”.

Announcing the award winners at the Mansion House, Minister Coveney said the National Enterprise Awards are the highlight of the small business and enterprise calendar.

“Year on year, the diversity of businesses and the standard of companies that are coming through the process is getting stronger”, he commented. “We should not be surprised given the innovation and endurance that businesses have shown in the past couple years.

“We have some outstanding winners, but the finalists on the whole have been excellent, and this is very much the start of their journey. We will ensure they continue to get the support they need to grow their businesses as small businesses in Ireland are at the core of every town, village and community and are vital to our economy”.

Several other companies won across a range of categories at the Awards, which were established by the Local Enterprise Offices to celebrate the impact and quality of small businesses across the country.