Blessington-based Ventac wins SFA National Small Business Awards
Blessington-based business Ventac has won the Manufacturing Award, sponsored by Energia, and the overall award at the SFA National Small Business Awards 2017.
6th March 2017 – Blessington-based business Ventac has won the Manufacturing Award, sponsored by Energia, and the overall award at the SFA National Small Business Awards 2017.
The results were announced last week by Minister for Small Business Pat Breen. Over 500 businesses entered this year’s awards.
Ventac, based in Blessington, Co Wicklow, employs 46 people and provides noise control solutions for international vehicle OEMs of commercial and industrial vehicles, including the Bus & Coach, Agricultural, Construction and Specialist market sectors. Ventac’s solutions include the provision of a full noise analysis to determine the exact source of the noise problem. With their innovative approach towards noise control, Ventac aim to aid their customers in meeting new vehicle noise regulation standards, promoting their customers’ competitive advantage through noise control, minimising environmental noise pollution and maximising user comfort.
Michelle Kells, Key Account Manager, Energia commented: “We want to congratulate Darren and all the team in Ventac on this fantastic win. It was a case of second time lucky for Ventac, as they were finalists in the manufacturing category in last year’s awards too. 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.”
Announcing the winner, Sue O’Neill, SFA Chair said “Having spotted a small but growing demand for noise reduction solutions back in the 1990s, Ventac grabbed this opportunity and has grown its noise reduction solutions business significantly since then. Darren and his team have taken their business to the next level in Ireland and export worldwide. They have shown the perseverance of true entrepreneurs and their company is a prime example of a small business punching well above its weight!”
“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 636 jobs they have already created, delivering prosperity and quality of life to more and more people. Tonight it is a privilege to have 34 of the best small businesses from 13 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.”
Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen, TD who presented the Awards stated: "It has been a pleasure to meet and listen to so many vibrant and innovative small businesses. All the nominees and category winners have shown great drive and pride in their business. Looking at the fantastic success of past winners and nominees, the future is very bright for tonight’s contestants and the Irish business environment."
Energia has a 26% market share of the Irish business electricity and gas market supplying the energy needs of almost 60,000 business customers. In addition to over 800MW of renewable assets, the company also operates a 750MW gas fired power station in north Dublin and has great offers for domestic electricity and gas customers across the island.
Energia has offices in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Belfast.
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