European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2020

14th July, 2020

European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2020
European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2020

Winners announced in Ireland

Enterprise Ireland in conjunction with The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry are pleased to announce the two national winners who will represent Ireland at the European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2020. The Awards aim to reward innovative initiatives from public bodies and public-private partnerships which support entrepreneurship, and small and medium sized enterprises.

The two national award winners put forward for the European level of the competition for consideration by the European Enterprise Promotion Awards jury are as follows;

  1. Engenuity Engineering Cluster Midlands submitted by LEO Westmeath for ‘Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills’ category.

    This project focused on management development, innovation skills training and networking with 20 engineering firms based in the Midlands. Participating companies have seen increased turnover and a growth in exports. 70% of participating companies have created new jobs. This progress is now being built on with further supports to target sales, marketing and internationalization skills based on gap analysis performed during the initial phase of the project.

  2. Business Support Funds submitted by LEO South Dublin for ‘Improving the Business Environment’ category.

    The Business Support Funds are a unique South Dublin County Council And Local Enterprise Office South Dublin initiative designed to address key issues in industrial areas of the county. The fund supports physical improvement works and encourages occupiers to improve the investment potential of industrial estates / units. Particular emphasis is placed on those industrial estates experiencing high levels of obsolescence, dereliction and vacancy. The initiative also helps existing small-scale businesses and start-up businesses to utilise previously vacant units.

The jury will select a European shortlist from amongst the national winners which will be announced in September. The shortlisted projects will go on to compete at the finals which will take place as part of the SME Assembly in November 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

Richard Murphy, Manager LEO Support, Policy & Co-ordination Unit, Enterprise Ireland, who is a judge for the national competition on behalf of Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be working on this event with the European Commission. I warmly congratulate our two national award winners for projects which are shining examples of excellence in promoting SME’s and entrepreneurship in a tough economic climate in Ireland. There are a lot of innovative projects in Ireland and it’s important that we recognise the organisations which actively encourage entrepreneurial spirit”.


For more information on the European Enterprise Promotion Awards, visit the European Commission website and for the latest updates follow Promoting Enterprise News, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

For a video of the 2019 Grand Jury Prize winner, click here.

For more information on all of the 2019 winners, click here.

The 2020 categories are as follows:

  • Promoting entrepreneurial spirit
  • Investing in skills
  • Improving the business environment
  • Supporting the internationalisation of businesses
  • Supporting the development of green markets and resource efficiency
  • Responsible and inclusive entrepreneurship.


Since 2006, the European Enterprise Promotion Awards have rewarded excellence in promoting entrepreneurship and small business at a national, regional and local level. The 2019 edition saw 260 national entries of which 51 were selected for consideration at European level. Over 4 000 projects have entered since the awards were launched and together they have supported the creation of well over 10 000 new companies. The Awards’ objectives are to recognise successful activities and initiatives to promote enterprise and entrepreneurship, showcase and share examples of best entrepreneurship policies and practices, create a greater awareness of the role entrepreneurs play in European society, and encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs.

For further information, please contact:

Anna Kinnerk

Enterprise Ireland

Anna Kinnerk

+353 61 777033