County Limerick’s KDI hoping for glory at the National Enterprise Awards

  • LEO Awards 2022 - Eoin English and Francis Peters, Kilteely Drumkeen Innovation KDI (Pic Alan Place)
Eoin English and Francis Peters, Kilteely Drumkeen Innovation (KDI). (Pic: Alan Place)

KDI Limited has been named as Entrepreneur of the Year 2022 in the Limerick Final of the National Enterprise Awards at a ceremony in the Limerick Strand Hotel.

KDI - Kilteely Dromkeen Innovation, is a green company which process and export recyclables and was one of four companies presented with awards by Mike Cantwell, Head of Enterprise, Limerick Local Enterprise Office (LEO) and Judy Tighe, AIB.

Other awards went to - Solar Clean Robotics for Innovation and Lisa Daly from 'This is You' received One to Watch Award.

A special Lifetime Achievement Award was made to Bernie Carroll, Student Programmes Ireland (SPIL) who has provided additional income for over 2,500 host families in Ireland over the last 13 years.

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

The annual results of the Local Enterprise Offices for 2021 have shown that LEO Limerick supported companies, which created 179 net new jobs in the 12 months to December 2021.

This is the eighth year of year-on-year growth in jobs in Limerick with LEO Limerick supporting a total of 298 small businesses employing 1,825 people.

LEO Awards 2022 (Pic Alan Place)
Mike Cantwell, Head of Enterprise, LEO, Bernie Moloney, Senior Enterprise Development Officer, LEO, Eoin English and Francis Peters, Kilteely Drumkeen Innovation (KDI), Judy Tighe, AIB and Darragh Keane, AIB. (Pic: Alan Place)

Speaking at the Awards event in Limerick, Mike Cantwell said: “Through its extensive programme of supports, LEO Limerick puts micro and small business at the heart of local job creation. These awards provide a platform to local entrepreneurs to showcase their entrepreneurial achievements to a wider audience.

“The awards presented here today, give recognition to the individuals and businesses who show the innovation and entrepreneurship that creates valuable jobs in Limerick. These entrepreneurs are vital to the continued economic growth and jobs creation in Limerick.”

KDI Limited will now go forward as Limerick's representative in the National Enterprise Awards on 02 June 2022 at the Mansion House in Dublin.

To find out more about the awards or the supports available for new or expanding businesses in Limerick visit

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