Friday, 5 May 2017

Second Annual Inner City Enterprise Awards

 The second annual Inner City Enterprise Awards, sponsored by Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, will be presented on Thursday 11th May in the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin.  Nine short-listed entrants from Dublin’s inner city have been selected in three categories for the 2017 awards.  The categories are Best Female, Best Male and Best Newcomer. The annual awards are organised by Inner City Enterprise (ICE), a not-for-profit organisation, established to advise and assist unemployed people in Dublin’s inner city to set up their own businesses or to create direct self-employment.

The ICE Awards, which are also supported by KPMG and AL Goodbody, are open to all Inner City Enterprise clients who currently own, control and manage their own business.  To avail of assistance from ICE, a client must either be an inner-city resident or planning to locate a business in the Dublin 1, 2, 3, 4 or parts of 7, 8 or 9 postal areas.  ICE provides individual business advice and support, as well as access to a panel of voluntary business advisors, specialised training workshops and also micro loan finance if needed.  The shortlisted entries for the 2017 awards are:
The Best Female
·         Helen Walsh - Helen Walsh Fitness Wellness & Coaching – started in 2014
·         Melissa Curley - Social Bee - bespoke mobile afternoon tea service – established in 2014
·         Holly Pereira - Hyper Pictures - A freelance illustrator and graphic designer - established in 2015
The Best Male
·         Daniel Cantwell - Ben & Anvil - a Creative Post Production studio – started in 2015
·         Shane Burke -The Stylish Guy – a male clothing store – started in 2016
·         Shane Sutton - Teddybots – a toy and games company making robot soft toys – founded in 2016
The Best Newcomer: 
·         Karen Tynan - K-Star Academy – a performing arts school established in 2016
·         Russell Simmons -The Greedy Pig - a creative agency providing services in content, branding and design, and events – established in 2016
·         Dr. Siobhán Hargis - Stroll Dublin - personalised walking tours in Dublin – started in 2016
Evanne Kilmurray, Inner City Enterprise CEO, concluded: ICE decided to hold an awards event to acknowledge and reward its clients many of whom have struggled against the odds to get a business established and then keep it up and running. We are delighted with the short-list we have for this year’s awards. The nine individuals selected are a true reflection of the work of ICE, but also of the determination, creativity and truly positive mind-set of the finalists. Irrespective of the outcome on the night, they are all winners.”