Elaine and Bernard Berkery, Eastway, receiving their prize, flanked by Eamon Ryan, Leo Limerick, Mayor Stephen Keary and Judy Tighe, AIB
THE founders of a Plassey-based business which collects early machine failure has been named Limerick’s Entrepreneurs of the Year.
Bernard, Elaine and Kevin Berkery, who set-up Eastway Remote Monitoring in the National Technology Park, received the accolade at the Limerick final of the National Enterprise Awards in the Strand Hotel this Friday.
The family-owned company supplies an online machine monitoring system, the Eastway Safeguard, primarily to the manufacturing industry.
Installed on a client’s machines, the system can collect, monitor and detect early machine failure indications, saving companies significant costs.
“We’re delighted, we’re a bit taken aback. We received funding from the Local Enterprise Office Limerick last year and found it beneficial. We feel the company has great potential and we hope this win will help us along the way.,” said Elaine, who runs the firm with father Bernard and brother Kevin.
It was a brace of prizes for Eastway, with the firm also scooping the title of best service business at the ceremony, which rounded off Limerick Enterprise Week.
They were joined on the winners roll by four other companies.
Honey producers BeeActiv, based at the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre in LIT were named best service business, while specialist electricity firm Kokoon Technology, based at the Crossagalla Industrial Estate won the business with the best potential prize.
JumpAGrade, which offers specialist grinds, was named Innovative company of the year, and software firm Trackplan won the best start-up business title.
The judging panel of the awards included Judy Tighe, manager of sponsors AIB at 106 O’Connell Street, Peter Doyle, of a previous winner of the competition Key Ingredients and Eamon Ryan, the head of enterprise at Leo, which organised the contest.
He said: “The enterprise awards are a very important part of the Leo annual programme. Celebrating success is a great way of promoting enterprise awareness and highlighting the role that Local Enterprise Office can play in the development and growth of Limerick business.”
Mayor Stephen Keary congratulated all companies nominated, adding: “You should be very proud of what you hsave achieved and I urge you to continue to work and get bigger and stronger so your success can be Limerick’s success.”
Eastway Remote Monitoring Ltd will now go forward to represent Limerick in the National Finals in Dublin on Thursday, May 24 next.