Local firms rewarded at Limerick City Enterprise Awards

Owen Hickey

Reporter:

Owen Hickey

An INSULATION product supply company were the big winners at the Limerick City Enterprise Awards at the Savoy Hotel.

An INSULATION product supply company were the big winners at the Limerick City Enterprise Awards at the Savoy Hotel.

Munster Green Homes Ltd - who import and sell insulation products to private consumers and contractors - scooped the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award and will now go on to represent Limerick in the National Enterprise Awards in Dublin Castle on November 24.

The company was set up in 2007 by Christopher Schwanke and Jacek Zawistowski and is currently one of the largest suppliers in the ‘sustainable building’ market.

Upon accepting the award from Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long, Mr Schwanke thanked the Limerick Enterprise Board for their continued support.

“All businesses need cash flow and that is the lifeblood in this industry. I would like to thank the Limerick Enterprise Board, as their assistance helped us survive when we were a small company,” said Mr Schwanke.

The business currently supplies to over 40 contractors nationwide and is shortly set to expand its workforce to 11 employees.

CEO of Limerick City Enterprise Board Eamon Ryan is optimistic about the remainder of the year.

“In 2011, we have already approved almost €450,000 for micro enterprises in the city, 80% of which has been allocated to new start-ups. This figure represents a potential for over 100 full-time jobs in the city in 2011.”

Five other businesses were awarded at the ceremony.

The winners were: Commercial Pump Repairs Ltd, who won ‘Best Manufacturing Business’; Temp Technology Ltd were the ‘Best Manufacturing Business’; Cottner Technologies Ltd, who took the ‘Innovation Award’; Unison Engineering Services Ltd for the ‘Business with Best Growth Potential’; and Edware Ltd for ‘Software Development’.

Munster Green Homes Ltd were presented with a cheque for €1,500 and a crystal trophy. Each of the other five finalists received a cheque worth €1,000 along with a crystal trophy.