Longford LEO County Enterprise Awards took place in Skelly’s Main Street, Ballymahon last Friday and the overall winners were Cirtex Ltd. Pictured left to right; Michael Nevin (Head of Enterprise, Longford County Council), Cllr Uruemu Adejinmi, Cathaoirleach Longford Municipal District; David Garland (Cirtex), Cllr Paraic Brady, Leas Cathaoirleach Longford County Council; Guram Baisonashvili (Cirtex) and Paddy Mahon, CE Longford County Council Picture: Clare Frances Cassells
A manufacturing company that produces an extensive range of technical non-woven wool, fibre and foam products for multiple upcycling textiles from Longford is this year’s winner of the Co. Longford Enterprise Award for 2022, Local Enterprise Office Longford has announced.
The awards this year had a green theme focusing on companies involved in the circular economy or trying to reduce their carbon footprint. Cirtex took the top prize and will now represent Local Enterprise Office Longford at the 22nd National Enterprise Awards at the Mansion House in Dublin on June 2.
Cirtex Ltd is a new company manufacturing an extensive range of technical non-woven wool, fibre and foam products for multiple upcycling textiles.
The business was the brainchild of David Garland who is successfully running Longford Furniture Recycling since 2012.
David grew the recycling side of the business from a local recycling service to become one of the largest mattress recyclers in the Country, processing up to 100,000 mattresses a year.
David identified an opportunity for re-processing the fabric into padding material that is suitable for reuse in new mattresses for home insulation and other useful products.
David and business partner Rick Earley formed Cirtex in 2021 and were recently awarded a 2022 CIRCULEIRES Innovation Fund to assist with the R&D side of their business.
Other winners at the Co. Longford Enterprise Awards held at Skellys, Ballymahon included:
*Millennium Machinery Ltd, was formed by Eamon Leahy in 1999 and now employs five full time staff engaged in the commissioning and servicing of engineering and manufacturing machinery. The company is striving to become one of the first carbon neutral businesses in the region.
*Elite Energies are alternative energy experts who supply and install premium solar and photovoltaic products for private and business clients alike.
*Rako Textiles is a recycling business that processes tonnes of recycled clothes that are baled and distributed to markets across the globe. Established by Paul Okochi in Sept 2020, Rako Textiles operates from a dedicated unit in Longford Town.
*Emma Plant Happy Vet is a vet pet hospital established in 2010 located in Killoe, Co. Longford. The practice has worked with the LEO office to introduce a series of green measures that improve resource efficiency and help reduce its carbon footprint.
*GreenQube is a new company providing a range of sustainable cleaning products that are eco-friendly replacements to harsh chemical cleaning. The company also supplies 100% biodegradable water-soluble sachets that dissolve in water to produce cleaning products. These sachets are designed to be used in spray bottles that can be re-used helping to reduce plastic waste. GreenQube Ltd, was established by Aaron O’Malley in 2021.
Cirtex Ltd will now go forward to represent Count Longford and compete against 30 other finalists from every local authority area for a share of the €35,000 winners prize fund as national judging gets underway in May.
Categories this year include ‘Best Export Business,’ ‘Best Start-Up’ and ‘Innovation,’ in addition to eight regional awards. There are also two new National Enterprise Awards this year with a “One to Watch” award and a “Sustainability / Green” award.
Speaking at the awards ceremony Local Enterprise Week Michael Nevin from the Local Enterprise Office praised the courage and ingenuity of local small business owners and emphasised how important it was for small business owners to think about adopting environmentally sustainable practices.
Among the guests were, Chief Executive of Longford County Council Paddy Mahon, Director of Services Barbara Heslin, the three chairpersons for County Longford Municipal Districts, Cllr Uremu Adejinmi, Cllr Mick Cahill and Leas Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council Paraic Brady.
The County Longford Enterprise Awards took place as part of a very successful Local Enterprise Week programme of events.
There were over 220 physical and virtual events taking place across the country, run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices from March 7 to 11.
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