Variety of businesses honoured at 24th Local Enterprise Awards

Now in their 24th year, this year’s Roscommon County Enterprise Awards honoured a wide range of small to medium sized businesses which are flourishing in the county at present.

The winner of the Start-up Award was 27-year-old Athleague woman Lydia Clayton, who is a Goldsmith who creates exquisitely designed and crafted jewellery from her studios. A graduate of the National College of Arts and Design, Lydia did a portfolio course with Stephanie Cullen.

The Digital Journey Award winner was Castlecoote Style Advisor Maria Carton. She set up her business in 2019 and provides services in wardrobe makeovers, personal shopping and fashion masterclasses. She also collaborates with the Department of Education in local schools in Roscommon and East Galway on sustainable fashion.

Receiving her award from the Leas-Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Laurence Fallon, Maria said it was “an honour” to be recognised.

There was also recognition for Sheegorey, Boyle-based company Reap Interactive, who won the Innovation Award who provide a high-tech solution Bovine Plus to farmers and participated in the ‘New Frontiers’ programme. The company is run by Kieran Supple from Boyle and his business partner Declan Molloy from Claremorris.

This year’s fourth award winner was Mark Lohan Fitted Furniture Ltd in the Ambition and Growth category. Currently employing 55 people, the business has been operational for the past 20 years, with a flourishing market for its fitted kitchens in Ireland and Britain.

Located on the Racecourse Road in Roscommon town, Mark says the key to his business’s success has been “hard work and a highly skilled staff”.

All involved paid tribute to LEO for the great support received.