Local business ready to represent Galway in National Enterprise Awards final

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A Tuam-based manufacturer of natural animal healthcare products is gearing up to represent Galway at the National Enterprise Awards in the coming weeks.

GH Agri will represent Local Enterprise Office Galway at the prestigious awards that take place on 1 June in the Round Room at the Mansion House in Dublin.

The business was established in 1989, and provides safe and effective immunization programmes for the prevention and treatment of a range of on-farm diseases.

GH Agri products are manufactured in their own HPRA accredited facility in Tuam. The company is licensed to manufacture, wholesale and retail in Ireland and UK by the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine and Veterinary Medicines Directorate in the UK.

This is the 23rd year of the Local Enterprise Office initiative, which was won last year by Aqualicence, supported by Local Enterprise Office Wicklow.

Headed up by former Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) Finalist Kate Dempsey, Aqualicence have positioned themselves at the forefront of planning and project delivery in the offshore renewable energy sector.

This year the finalists cover a range of sectors and industries from augmented reality tours and sensory friendly clothes designers to energy saving software platforms and agtech solutions farmers.

The finalists also include a range of consumer products from chocolate and whiskey to artisan bakery products and a zero-waste food company.

Valerie Kelly, Head of Enterprise at LEO Galway, said that the National Enterprise Awards serve to highlight the very best businesses that the Local Enterprise Offices are working with across the country.

“The diversity of sectors and innovation shown again this year is outstanding and the winners will no doubt produce businesses destined for international success,” she said.

“These Finalists have shown outstanding resilience to get to where they are today and we are looking forward to celebrating with them at the Awards.”

The Finalists compete for a prize fund of €50,000 and along with an overall National Enterprise of the Year winner there are categories for Best Start-Up, Best Export Business, an Innovation Award, a One-to-Watch Award, and a Sustainability Award.

There is also an Outstanding Achievement award for a business that started with their Local Enterprise Office and has gone on to achieve international growth with the assistance of Enterprise Ireland.

Previous winners of the National Enterprise Awards include the likes of Irish Yoghurts (1998), Obelisk (2000), Simtech Aviation (2008), Digiweb (2004) and Design Pro (2013), Terra NutriTech (2018), Pestle & Mortar (2019) and Bevcraft in 2021.