Odyssey Studios take overall prize in Limerick final of National Enterprise Awards

Photo: Paul Mullins

A MODEL making and set design company has been announced as this year’s overall winner of the Limerick final of the National Enterprise Awards.

Mark Maher Models Ltd trading as Odyssey Studios was named at a gala ceremony in the Limerick Strand Hotel which marks the start of Local Enterprise Week 2020.

Odyssey Studios, a company who supplies the international film industry with model making, set design/props and unique prosthetic developments was set up in 2017 by Mark Maher.

The company, that currently employs six people, took the top prize of €2,500 and will represent Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Limerick at the 22nd National Enterprise Awards in the Mansion House in Dublin in May.

The in high-demand products and services offered by the company uses cutting-edge 3D computer design technology, and 3D Printing and Robotic Manufacturing Processes they seamlessly move from concept, to design, and into production.

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The business is planning on expanding into two key areas to include the area of exhibition fit-out and design, as well as the provision of specialist training to meet the growing demand of the industry.

Speaking after the announcement Mark Maher said it was “absolutely amazing to win”.

“We’ve had so much support from the Local Enterprise Office in Limerick, as starting off a new business is quite tough, but with their support we were able to get a good kick start.

“It’s going to be very helpful for us as we are looking to expand because of the success of Troy Studios. The Dock Road where we are based is fantastic.  There is a terrific community here and any service or item we need, we can get it locally.”

Other winners at the Limerick City and County Enterprise Awards were:

  • Business Start-Up: Lough Gur Pottery
  • Retail: Barker  and Bowes
  • Service: Precision Utility Mapping
  • Innovation: Mackessy Technology Ltd

Odyssey Studios will now be competing against 30 other finalists from every local authority area for a share of the €40,000 prize fund as national judging gets underway in April.

Head of Enterprise with LEO Limerick Bernie Moloney told the Limerick Post, “It’s a great opportunity to be part of a celebration of small business achievement in limerick.
“Over the years many business owners put in so much time and effort into their business and work so hard that this allows us to give them something to help them along their way. to allow them to develop their business.”

The Limerick Enterprise Awards at the start of Local Enterprise Week, which includes a series of events across Limerick run by LEO Limerick from 02 to 06 March 2020, aimed at unlocking the potential of Limerick’s micro-businesses and helping to light the spark of creativity and entrepreneurship among our local business community.

Nineteen other local businesses were also shortlisted this year, showing these high standards in the submissions.

Other events taking place as part of the Local Enterprise Week include: – Preparing for a Revenue Audit, Business Banking made Simple, Brexit Customs Compliance Procedures, Coaching for Leaders Masterclass, Digital Media Programmes for Business, Tendering and Intellectual Property Seminars and lots more.