Over the course of the last two decades, we have witnessed a multitude of outstanding accomplishments and innovation amongst Irish small businesses. This esteemed awards initiative has served as a vehicle for these companies to showcase their achievements and acknowledge the indispensable dedication of their staff, underscoring their significant contributions and unwavering loyalty.

The 07th of March marked a momentous occasion: the 20th edition of the SFA National Small Business Awards! Celebrating two decades of excellence, innovation, and commitment, this year's Gala, hosted by Sonya Lennon, was nothing short of spectacular, shining a light on the remarkable achievements of Ireland's small businesses.

From the 50 fantastic companies that made part of the SFA Awards 2024 Programme, only one winner in each category was chosen by the judges and awarded at the Gala.

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The 2023-2024 Application window starts on 11 September 2023 and the deadline to apply is 27 October 2023 at 5pm - you will not be allowed to submit an application after this time. Once you start an application, you will be able to save it and return to finish within 2 weeks, so you do not need to complete the application in one sitting.

To enter your company in the SFA National Small Business Awards, all you need to do is submit an application for any category which you can find on the categories page here. Please read all details regarding applying for the Awards here first, and make sure you read all criteria for each category before you start your application.

You can apply for as many categories as you wish, but must submit an individual application for each category that you wish to be considered for. You must submit an application before the deadline on 27 October 2023 at 5pm.

If you feel there is a company who warrants to be recognised for their achievements, you may nominate them. All you have to do is to fill out the online nomination form and we will personally contact the company to invite them to apply for the Awards.

It is important to note that you can nominate a company but the company themselves have to make the official entry into the programme - a nomination is NOT an entry. It is also not required to be nominated to apply for the Awards - anyone that fits the category criteria can submit an application.

Once the application process closes on 27 October 2023 at 5pm, the Judging process will begin. Finalists will be announced in November, and all companies will be contacted regarding their applications and whether or not they successfully made it to the next round.

If you have any questions please contact Naira Ludescher on 01 605 1776 or email awards@sfa.ie


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