Enterprising Kilkenny company wins top national export award
AN innovative county Kilkenny business has won a prestigious national export award.
Mechanical Modular Solutions (MMS) in Castlecomer won the ‘Best Export Business’ title at this year’s National Enterprise Awards, which was organised by the Local Enterprise Offices to celebrate Ireland’s best small businesses.
Set up by Michael McGuire in 2017, MMS designs and manufactures pre-engineered and pre-fabricated modular solutions for large-scale projects such as data centres, retail outlets and office developments. Backed by Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny, the company has offices in Manchester and the Netherlands with plans to expand into Switzerland.
Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen made the announcement in front of 230 guests in the Mansion House in Dublin this week.
Presenting the awards on stage, the minister said: “I want to pay tribute to all the winners and finalists in this year’s National Enterprise Awards. Their drive, determination and passion for building successful businesses and creating local jobs is what this competition is all about. This year’s winners, like all those in previous years, represent the backbone of Ireland’s enterprise success and contribute hugely to the economic vibrancy of their respective regions.”
Congratulating the Kilkenny winners, Fiona Deegan, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny said: “Operating from their state of art facility in Castlecomer and with in-house expertise; MMS design, manufacture, integrate and deliver pre-engineering and prefabricated modular solutions for large scale construction projects including data centres, educational facilities, retail and office developments. With ambitious plans to grow internationally, MMS are very deserving winners of this year’s Best Export Business award.”
The award winners share a €40,000 investment fund and eight regional awards were also presented by Minister Breen. These were won by:
- Gym + Coffee in the Dublin Region (backed by LEO Dublin City)
- ABS Engineering Control Systems Ltd in the South West Region (backed by LEO Limerick)
- Dotser Ltd in the Mid East Region (backed by LEO Offaly)
- VirtualVet in the South Region (backed by LEO Waterford)
- Harte Outdoor Lighting in the South East Region (backed by LEO Wexford)
- MMG Welding in the North West Region (backed by LEO Donegal)
- Rivval Ltd in the North East Region (backed by LEO Monaghan)
- Skillko Ltd in the West Region (backed by LEO Mayo)
Previous winners of the National Enterprise Awards have included Irish Yogurts (in 1998), Obelisk (in 2000), Digiweb (in 2004) and Kilkenny based MyBio Ltd (in 2015).
PHOTO CAPTION: Left to right: Fiona Deegan, Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny, Alan Filan, MMS Ltd, Minister Pat Breen T.D., Michael McGuire, MMS Ltd and Oisín Geoghegan, Chairperson of Local Enterprise Office Network