Galway – 16 November 2012. Printed Blinds Factory named best emerging business in the 2012 SCCUL Entrepreneurship Awards. This is the third year of the awards, an initiative aided by Ballybane Enterprise Centre, St. Columba’s Credit Union and Galway City Council. The aim of this initiative is to encourage local entrepreneurship by identifying high potential entrepreneurs and helping them accelerate their plans.

Printed Blinds Factory was selected a winner in the Energing Business Category in the SCCUL Entrepreneurship Awards by a judging panel which included Gavin Duffy, Dragons Den; Barry Egan, Director, West Region Enterprise Ireland; Jim Murren, former IDA Regional Manager IDA Galway; Hannah Kiely CEO, HC Financial Advisors Ltd. The judging panel was chaired by Declan Dooley, President Galway Chamber and Managing Director Galway Independent.

As a  category winner, Printed Blinds Factory received a €1000 cash prize, an advertising package worth €1250 from media sponsor Galway Independent and a specially commissioned ceramic trophy from local artist Sinead O’ Toole.

Aimed at celebrating entrepreneurship and rewarding local enterprise, the awards are an initiative of SCCUL Enterprises Ltd aided by Ballybane Enterprise Centre, St. Columba’s Credit Union and Galway City Council.

Congratulating all the award winners on their success, Jim Naughton, Chairman of the Board of SCCUL Enterprises said, “These awards are a really important opportunity to encourage our high potential entrepreneurs and help them accelerate their plans. Encouraging entrepreneurship is critical to business growth and creating employment in our local area.”

Declan Dooley, Chairman of the Judging Panel said “The quality of this year’s entrants has been extremely high, with each of them showing a commitment to making their businesses succeed through innovation and growth. Today’s awards have acknowledged the dedication, creativity, focus and success of the winning entrepreneurs and I congratulate them all.”

The winners were announced on Friday 16th November in the presence of An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD.

“We are delighted to receive this award and to see so many new businesses from the West of Ireland trying to fight the recession and create jobs and doing their bit to change the economy.” Says Patrick Creaven, Director of the Printed Blinds Factory.

Printed Blinds Factory is a Claregalway based company who came up with a unique concept of printing educational designs onto the window blinds and offering them to schools. This unique concept allows utilising the unused space as an extra educational aid that is usually located in the prime position of the classroom. Educational content is prepared by Printed Blinds Factory in association with Irish Water Safety, Dental Health Foundation, Foras na Gealge, Gealscoil and WWF promoting not only Literacy and Numeracy but also educational messages on safety, health and environment.

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