• Winners for the inaugural Irish SME Business Awards have been announced following an online campaign which saw nominations flood in from across the country.

    The awards celebrate the hard work and determination of the best professionals and businesses in the Irish SME business sector and follows the success of last year’s Scottish SME Business Awards and Welsh SME Business Awards.

    27 awards were presented on the night.

    Among the winners was Stephanie O’Malley of Education Desty in Westport who took the Social Leader of the Year award.

    Business of the Year for less than 50 staff in the west of Ireland went to JMB MERIT  in Galway, while Retail Business of the Year for less than 3 units went to Cahalan Jewellers in Ballinasloe.

  • A Mayo TD is concerned that small and medium-sized businesses are ill-prepared for Brexit.

    The findings of a study by the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation reveals that 50% of SMEs have not actively planned for Brexit.

    Fianna Fail's Brexit spokesperson, Mayo TD Lisa Chambers says - given that we are just weeks away from a potentially catastrophic no-deal Brexit, these figures are extremely worrying.

    Deputy Chambers is calling for a change in how the Government engages with businesses, and says there needs to be a concerted effort to reach those SMEs that are not actively preparing for Brexit and support those who are struggling to put mitigation plans in place.