Monarú is Limerick representative for National Enterprise Awards

Judy Tighe LEO Limerick Evaluation Committee, Mayor of Limerick Gerald Mitchell, Michael McLaughlin of Monarú and Mike Cantwell Head of Enterprise LEO Limerick. Photo: Keith Wiseman

LIMERICK’S representative for the National Enterprise Awards has been chosen this past week at the Limerick final.

Fabrication company Monarú were chosen as Limerick’s Entrepreneur of the Year at the local final of the National Enterprise Awards, at the Engine Collaboration Centre on Cecil Street.

Moanrú combines modern digital fabrication methods with traditional craftsmanship to design and produce high quality contemporary furniture products.

Michael McLaughlin accepted the award on behalf of Monarú, which was presented by Mayor of Limerick City and County, Councillor Gerald Mitchell.

Other awards went to Precision Utility Mapping for Runner up Entrepreneur of the Year, Electrotek as the winner for One to Watch, Viviprint, Runner up One to Watch, Richardsons Foods, Winner in the Green/Sustainability category and Paul Collins Retail, Runner up in the Green/Sustainability category.

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The competition is organised by Ireland’s national network of Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), and aims to give recognition to Ireland’s micro enterprises and their contributions to the local and national economy.

LEO Limerick supported companies who created 238 jobs in 2023,  according to the annual results of the Local Enterprise Offices.

This is the tenth year of year-on-year growth in jobs in Limerick with LEO Limerick supporting a total of 313 small businesses employing over 1,800 people.

Speaking at the awards, Mike O’Byrne of LEO Limerick
said: “Through our extensive programme of supports, LEO Limerick is the first stop shop for small to medium enterprises in Limerick City and County. These awards provide a platform to local entrepreneurs to showcase their entrepreneurial achievements to a wider audience.”

“The awards presented here give recognition to the individuals and businesses whose entrepreneurial vision and drive, create valuable employment in Limerick and are a vital component in the economic and social fabric of Limerick City and County,” Mr O’Byrne said.

Moanrú will now go forward to represent Limerick at the National Enterprise Awards in Dublin’s Mansion House on May 24.