Colm Cussen from ABS Engineering Control Systems Ltd named Limerick Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 at start of Local Enterprise Week

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Colm Cussen from ABS Engineering Control Systems Ltd has been named as Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 at the Limerick Final of the National Enterprise Awards at a ceremony in the Limerick Strand Hotel this afternoon (Monday 04 March 2019).

The firm which was founded by Colm at his home in Broadford, Co. Limerick now has its headquarters in Castlemahon, Co. Limerick, and uses cutting-edge technology in ‘smart’ buildings and businesses and ‘smart homes’.

ABS Engineering Control Systems Ltd design and install Building Management Systems, nationally and internationally and provide solutions so that functions such as heating, cooling, and energy usage and monitoring can be controlled centrally and accessed both on-site and remotely.

ABS was one of five companies presented with awards by Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr. James Collins as part of the Limerick finals of the National Enterprise Awards.

The competition is organised by Ireland's network of Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) to gives recognition to the contribution of micro enterprises to the National Economy.

Colm Cussen and ABS Engineering will now represent Limerick at the National Enterprise Awards on 29 May 2019 in the Mansion House in Dublin. Past winner of the National competition include Paul Collins, DesignPro Ltd based in Rathkeale and Bespoke Sauce Ltd from Raheen.

In addition to scooping the top prize, ABS Engineering Control Systems were also named the Best Manufacturing Company Category.

The other category winners were:

  • Precision Utility Mapping, Clarina (Best Service Business)
  • Optima Training and Consulting Ltd, Castletroy (Best New Start up)
  • Rockbarton Garden Centre, Bruff (Best Retail Business)
  • Dev House, Annacotty (Innovation Award)

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr James Collins congratulated all of the applicants who entered the awards for their high standards and for their drive and commitment to make their businesses better.

“This awards scheme further illustrates that LEO Limerick is in the front line in delivering business growth and jobs in Limerick, providing direct support and pulling together all the players – agencies, the local authority and the private sector – to support everyone with a good business idea and strengthen the enterprise sector in Limerick,” said Mayor Collins.

Today’s awards kickstart a week-long programme of events to mark Local Enterprise Week, that will provide aspiring entrepreneurs or established business owners with ideas, information and skills to enable them to start or run their business better.

Meanwhile figures released today by the Local Enterprise Office Limerick reveal that 365 new jobs were created in 2018 in 112 businesses supported by LEO Limerick, resulting in an increase of 213 net jobs in the portfolio of companies supported by LEO Limerick. LEO Limerick now supports almost 2,000 jobs in 300 small and micro businesses across the city and county.

In addition 33 businesses, five Feasibility Studies (€36,000), 15 priming/start up business grants (€393,150) and 13 business expansions (€369,229), were approved for funding during 2018, giving a total grant approval of €798,379 for the year.

A record number of 1,313 people availed of the LEO programmes during 2018.

LEO Limerick delivered 88 training and development programmes including Networking, Seminars, Training, Start Your Own Business and Management Development, while 128 individuals completed the Start Your Own Business Programme.

And there is more of the same for this year. The recently launched 2019 Training and Development programme for local entrepreneurs has over 90 training courses on offer in 2019.

“Over 90% of all businesses in Limerick are micro-enterprises and the Limerick Local Enterprise Office plays a crucial role in supporting these entrepreneurs through the initial difficult years of business. I support the continued investment of public money in The Local Enterprise Office and the return we get from such investment is great as the LEO can continue to support small business and create jobs in the City and County,” added Mayor Collins.

Speaking at the Awards ceremony, Eamon Ryan Head of Enterprise with LEO Limerick said: “Through its programmes of support, LEO puts micro and small business at the heart of job creation locally. Part of this process is to provide local entrepreneurs with a platform to showcase their business ideas to a wider audience. In doing so, LEO Limerick is contributing to the successes of our smaller indigenous businesses, both new and existing, which are central to the future economic development of this region.”

Caroline Curley Director of Service representing Limerick City and County Council said: “Awards such as these give recognition to the individuals who are creating valuable jobs in Limerick and who are vital to the continued economic growth in the city and county. Limerick City and County Council is committed to supporting all entrepreneurs who are contributing to the future development of Limerick”.

LEO Limerick, which was set up in 2014, is part of the Economic Development Directorate of Limerick City and County Council and is based at 7/ 8 Patrick Street, Limerick V94 XF67.

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