Inishowen firms short-listed for top awards

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Two Inishowen businesses have been short-listed as finalists in this year’s prestigious Enterprising Donegal Business Awards.

Harry’s Bar & Restaurant, Bridgend has been nominated for the Business Development Award while Inishowen Country Kitchen, Malin, will compete for the Business Achievement Award.

Organised by Donegal County Enterprise Board, the awards are aimed at small and micro businesses in Donegal, and the winners will be announced at a black tie gala dinner in the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny, on Friday 1st April.

Established in 1991, Harry’s Bar & Restaurant is the first restaurant in Ireland to use only ingredients from its local area to create exceptional food and an unforgettable dining experience. Owned by brothers Donal and Kevin Doherty, this has become a unique selling point for the restaurant and through effective PR and the use of social media they have put Inishowen on the food map of Ireland.

The popular restaurant, which employs 24 people, already has several awards under its belt including the Bord Bia ‘Just Ask’ restaurant of the month and overall Bord Bia/Georgina Campbell ‘Just Ask’ restaurant of the year as well as the Bridgestone Guides Megabytes restaurant of the year for 2011.

The Inishowen Country Kitchen is committed to providing distinctive, fresh, tasty food and its passion for creativity in new product development.

Joseph Doherty took over the business, which employs 26 people in Drumcarbit, Malin in 2009.

It manufactures salads, garlic breads, desserts, trifles and prepared vegetables to retailers and hotels throughout Ireland and will soon be available on shelves in Tesco stores around the country. The company recently received an Excellence Ireland Award.

Buncrana town councillor Lee Tedstone was also nominated for an award - in the emerging business category - for his business Azucca Software Solutions which he set up last year.

Based in the Colab at LYIT Azucca provides business automation and improvement software solutions to local government and the public sector such as fleet management and financial solutions.

Michael Tunney, chief executive of Donegal County Enterprise Board said: “We hope the finalists will inspire people around the county to start up their own businesses and take advantage of the services the Board can offer.”

Tickets for the Awards cost n30 to attend, for further information about the Enterprising Donegal Business Awards 2011, contact Celine Carroll, Donegal County Enterprise Board on 074 9160735 or email ccarroll@donegalenterprise.ie Profiles of all the shortlisted finalists are on the Donegal County Enterprise Board’s website at www.donegalenterprise.ie