Micheál Savage (26) of Lir Agri in Granard was selected as Longford’s Best Young Entrepreneur at an awards ceremony in the plant last week.
The business was also awarded Best Start Up Business, while the Best Business Idea went to Niall Mimnagh from Stonepark who intends to provide a comprehensive multi stranded solution to the issue of waste tyres. The Best Established Business with an add-on went to Alan Farrelly and Brian O’Rourke of A2B.ie in Kenagh.
CEO of Longford Enterprise Office, Michael Nevin said that Mr Savage was “ambitious” for his company and had identified opportunities in which to compete against a range of imported products. “Most of the products developed to date are sterilisation or cleaning products for the farming community, although some of the products can be utilised in the brewing or food producing industries,” he added.
Lir Agri was established last year with the support of Longford Enterprise Board. Mr Savage then secured a premises in Granard and the company has gone from strength to strength since.
“Lir Agri has strengthened its staff with experienced professionals who are working on new formulations and growing its customer base,” Mr Nevin continued.
He added, “Micheál recently started to engage with Enterprise Ireland who is examining the company’s potential to become a High Potential Start-up (HPSU) and initial feedback has been positive. It is great to see young people take risks; to demonstrate an entrepreneurial flair and be bold in their ambition. Towns like Granard need new entities like this to emerge on a regular basis and I am sure that Lir will receive every support available from the local community and the various development agencies.”
This is the first year of the county young business entrepreneur of the year award and was designed by Government to tackle youth unemployment. €2m has been invested in the programme which encourages and supports business start ups. Mr Savage will now go on to the regional finals where he will represent Co Longford.
“Micheál Savage has shown us how to establish a business and make it a success,” commented Granard Municipal District Cathaoirleach, Cllr John Duffy. “This company has a future and I for one will be keeping a very keen eye on it.”
The north Longford area representative added,“Young people are the future and will be the employers of Longford 20 years from now.”
In conclusion, Mr Savage said, “It is an honour for me to represent Longford.”
“We have been here now for the past 18 months and I want to thank everyone who has supported me and helped in any way,” he continued. “I especially want to thank the staff here at Lir Agri because without them, we would not be here. This is a huge honour and a great achievement.”