Dragon’s Den Gavin Duffy Guest of Honour at SCCUL Awards Ceremony- 600 Expected to Attend West of Ireland’s Largest

€50,000 Prize Fund for Galway Businesses at 6th Annual SCCUL Enterprise Awards Dragon’s Den Gavin Duffy to Attend Awards Ceremony
19th January 2016
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Dragon’s Den Gavin Duffy Guest of Honour at SCCUL Awards Ceremony- 600 Expected to Attend West of Ireland’s Largest

Dragon’s Den Gavin Duffy Guest of Honour at SCCUL Awards Ceremony

600 Expected to Attend West of Ireland‘s Largest Business Networking Event

Galway, Tuesday 26th January 2016- RTE Dragon and serial entrepreneur Gavin Duffy will be the guest of honour at the 6thAnnual SCCUL Enterprise Awards& Business Expo which takes place in the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway this Friday ( 29thJanuary).

 

Over 100 exhibitors are booked to attend the Business Expo with a further 500 expected to attend the awards ceremony making it the largest business networking event in the west of Ireland this year. The Business Expo, which is open to the public, will be officially opened at 10am by the Mayor of Galway City, Cllr. Frank Fahy. The prize giving ceremony will commence at 12noon.

 

Special guests at the awards ceremony will include Dr. James J. Browne, President NUI Galway,. Peter Roche, Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council and Frank Greene, President Galway Chamber.

 

The overall winner of the 2016 SCCUL Enterprise Awards will walk away with a bumper top prize of €10,000 cash sponsored by SCCUL Enterprises, a promotional package worth €2500 from media sponsor Galway Independent and a specially commissioned piece of sculpture by Liam Butler.

 

Winners in each of the six categories will each receive €1000 in cash, a promotional package worth €1250 from media sponsor Galway Independent and a specially commissioned piece of sculpture by sculptor Liam Butler. Runners up in each category will receive a commemorative plaque and a promotional package valued at €750.

 

A new initiative this year is the SCCUL Enterprise Awards Bursary which is sponsored by St. Columba’s Credit Union. This €5,000 cash prize is designed to support a local entrepreneur or not for profit organisation in facing the day to day challenges of the early years in business.

 

Supporting the SCCUL Enterprise Awards this year were a number of local business organisations who have come on board as sponsors of the individual awards categories. The six category sponsors are Allied Irish Bank, Collins McNicholas HR & Recruitment Group, Galway City Council, Galway County Council and Mazars. NUI Galway is the event sponsor and silver sponsors include Flynn O’Driscoll Business Lawyers and Xposure.

 

The judges will also award a Community Recognition prize, sponsored by SSL Logistics, to a business or organisation who has made a notable contribution to their local community.

 

This is the third year of the SCCUL Student Enterprise Awards open to students in third level education in Galway City and County. Sponsored by Winters Property Management, the prize winners of the student enterprise award will receive a top prize of €1250, with 2nd and 3rd places receiving €500 and €250 respectively.

 

Michael Smyth, General Manager SCCUL Enterprises has paid tribute to the outstanding level of support for the awards by Galway based companies.

 

“We are indebted to our sponsors whose commitment and support has enabled us to deliver the SCCUL Awards Programme to the highest standards. We look forward to meeting all our exhibitors, sponsors, special guests and members of the public on Friday for what promises to be an exciting morning for Galway business,” concluded Michael Smyth.

 

Members of the public intending to attend this free event are invited to register in advance at scculawards@gmail.com or call 091 386 004.

 

The SCCUL Enterprise Awards are an initiative of community-based company SCCUL Enterprises Ltd aided by SCCUL Enterprise Centre, NUI Galway and the Galway Independent.

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