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Kildare firm Ash Technologies wins in SFA National Small Business Awards

March 07

Kildare firm Ash Technologies has won the Innovator of the Year category in this year’s SFA National Small Business Awards. Awards sponsor Energia has congratulated all the winners in this year’s awards.

Kildare firm Ash Technologies wins in SFA National Small Business Awards

7th March 2016 – Kildare firm Ash Technologies has won the Innovator of the Year category in this year’s SFA National Small Business Awards. Awards sponsor Energia has congratulated all the winners in this year’s awards. 
 
Ash Technologies design, develop, manufacture and distribute globally, a unique range of high definition digital inspection microscopes and digital non-contact measurement and recording solutions that are used in many industries. The business was set up initially as a low vision assistive technology company but when exhibiting a high definition magnification product at a trade show four years ago, a light-bulb moment happened. Engineers saw the product and bought it as a magnifying device to look at engineering parts. Moving the company firmly into the B2B market, Ash Technologies is now employing twenty eight at its base in Naas, Co. Kildare.
 
The awards were presented at a Gala Awards Ceremony in the RDS Concert Hall on Thursday 3rd March 2016. A generous prize package of €50,000 is awarded to all shortlisted finalists with additional prizes for the overall winner.
 
Speaking at the gala presentation, SFA Chairman, AJ Noonan said “With the right environment, companies like those in the room tonight will revitalise every corner of our island, put the Irish small business community on the map and build on the 800 jobs they have already created, delivering prosperity and quality of life to more and more people.”
 
“Tonight it is a privilege to have 38 of the best small businesses from 16 counties in Ireland in this room. You are the future of Irish business. You have proven your commitment, drive and ambition and we are delighted to celebrate your achievements. Ash Technologies has shown the perseverance of true entrepreneurs and their company is a prime example of a small business punching well above its weight!”
 
Daniel Wolverson, Key Account Manager, Energia commented: “Every year the quality of entries rises, so Ash Technologies is to be warmly congratulated for winning the service category.”
 
“As one of the leading electricity and gas suppliers to Irish small businesses, we appreciate the work these companies are doing in powering the Irish economy and are delighted to be supporting the SFA Awards.”
 
“We are also supporting businesses through innovative energy programmes like Energia’s ‘Cash for Kilowatts’ scheme, providing funding to companies for energy efficiency projects. It means that any company spending more than €5,000 on an energy efficiency project can qualify for funding of up to 30% of the project value. The new scheme is open to all businesses, whether or not they are customers of Energia.” 
 
As well as benefiting from the generous funding, businesses will also make very significant ongoing savings through the energy efficiency projects. For example:
 
  • Lighting: LED and high efficiency lighting can reduce your lighting costs by up to 75%
  • Heating: a new boiler or heating controls can save over 25% of your annual fuel costs
  • Refrigeration: new systems can reduce your costs by up to 30%
 
Energia has a 26% market share of the Irish business electricity and gas market supplying the energy needs of over 60,000 business customers. In addition to renewable assets, the company also operates a 750MW gas fired power station in north Dublin.
 
Energia has also entered the residential electricity and gas market with a great new offer for consumers nationwide.  Energia’s offer will guarantee consumers savings of up to 15% off standard rates for both gas and electricity.
 
Energia has offices in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Belfast and Omagh.

Pictured are Hugh Maguire (CEO), James Foran and Martin Cahill, Ash Technologies and Daniel Wolverson, Energia. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.


 

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