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A Co. Galway organic farming business won the top prize of €10,000 cash in the SCCUL Enterprise Awards.

The winner was announced at our annual SCCUL Enterprise Awards prize giving ceremony and business expo which was hosted by NUI Galway in the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway.

Established in 2006, Green Earth Organics is the brainchild of Kenneth and Jenny Keavey, who relocated from London to take over the farm that had been in their family for three generations. Now one of the biggest organic vegetable farms in the West of Ireland, they currently employ seven full time and two part time people.

Kenneth Keavey, owner of Green Earth Organics, was presented with his prize by Martin Sisk, President of the Irish League of Credit Unions, and Padraig O’Callaghan, Chairman of St Columba’s Credit Union Galway, who sponsored the winner’s prize.

Speaking at the event, Mr Keavey said he was honoured and delighted to receive this award.

“In 2005, I left my well paid job as a senior research scientist working for a bio tech company in the UK to come back to Galway to start Green Earth Organics. My wife Jenny and I had a vision to develop an organic food production and supply business from the family farm. Over the six years, we’ve worked hard and changed our business model by taking risks and looking outside our current box,” he said.

Mr Keavey said he and his wife were really thrilled to receive the award, as last year they were named One to Watch in the SCCUL Enterprise Awards. They would invest the money back into the business to help take it to the next level.

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2012 Winners

Channel Mechanics won the €10,000 top prize in the SCCUL Entrepreneurship Awards 2012. In addition to claiming the overall prize Channel Mechanics won the SCCUL Entrepreneurship Export Focused Award.

Other prize winners included Printed Blinds Factory who won the SCCUL Entrepreneurship Emerging Business Award, Gallery Cafe who was the recipient of the SCCUL Entrepreneurship Consumer Services Award, and Stocktaking.ie who was presented with the SCCUL Entrepreneurship Professional Services Award.

The SCCUL Entrepreneurship Social Enterprises Award was won by iDonate and Stuff 4 Cakes was the recipient of the SCCUL Entrepreneurship Online Award. The SCCUL Entrepreneurship Retail Award was won by Mr. Waffle.

Runners up for the SCCUL Entrepreneur of the Year Awards inclu ded Bella Donna Bridal, Pressed 4Time, GIRT Mobile, JW Design Ltd, eMedia Interactive Ltd, COPE Galway Community Catering and WeSolve Ltd.

Recipients of Special ‘One to Watch’ Commendations from the judging panel and a prize each of an iPad 2 were All4Baby, Green Earth Organics, Van Shelving, Pear Electronic Ltd, Proof, Prevos Solutions, Element Software, Full Health Medical Ltd, Ireland’s Raw Kitchen, 37 Degrees, Barry Kinsella, Mocks.ie, Irene Graham, English Bubble Ltd, ACT for Meningitis and Ex Ordo Ltd.

2011 Winners

Bella Baby, owned by Evelyn and Paul Garvey, is the SCCUL Entrepreneur of the Year 2011. In addition to claiming the overall prize Bella Baby won the SCCUL Retail Entrepreneur Award.

Other prize winners included Hurlóg who won the SCCUL Emerging Entrepreneur Award, Yourells Hair Studio who was the recipient of the SCCUL Consumer Services Award, and Advanced Product Design who was presented with the SCCUL Professional Services Award.

The SCCUL Social Entrepreneur Award was won by West of Ireland Networking and Wiccle was the recipient of the SCCUL Technology Entrepreneur Award. The SCCUL Export Focused Entrepreneur Award was won by the Solaris Botanicals.

Please click on any of the images below from the 2010 Awards to open them in a larger viewing gallery.

2010 Winners

SCCUL Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 – John McGuire of Active Mind Technologies.

Other prize winners included Briarhill Pharmacy who won the SCCUL Retail Entrepreneur Award, Galway Car Service Centre who was the recipient of the SCCUL Consumer Services Award, and Snoozles Hostel who was presented with the SCCUL Professional Services Award.

The SCCUL Social Entrepreneur Award was won by Galway Community Counselling and Active Mind Technology was also the recipient of the SCCUL Technology Entrepreneur Award.The SCCUL Industry Entrepreneur Award was won by The Fisherman.

Please click on any of the images below from the 2010 Awards to open them in a larger viewing gallery.