Local company shortlisted for prestigious awards

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Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Business, Community
Jonesborough company, Foldeaze has been announced in the shortlist of 18 organisations selected for The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards. The company was selected from 136 entries and are now one step closer in the search for the most innovative organisations across the island, North and South. At a special awards ceremony on the 9th April, one winner from each category will be announced with an additional overall winner “Innovation of the Year”. Each category winner will secure a €10,000 media package with The Irish Times and an iPad. The overall winner will receive a communications and advertising package from The Irish Times, worth €150,000, along with a UCD scholarship for an Executive Education programme commencing in 2015 and a state of the art laptop. Sean Phillips, Managing Director at Foldeaze said, “We are delighted to be nominated as a finalist in the manufacturing category for the 2014 Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards. “Our Briar connect clip is a truly innovative and revolutionary experience – a surprisingly simple, efficient, fast, rewarding assembly process for the end user, that does not require the use of any tools.” Speaking after the announcement, Michael McAleer, Editor, Business + Innovation, The Irish Times, said, “I would like to congratulate Foldeaze on their shortlisting. “The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards is all about recognising the best innovations within organisations across the island of Ireland and I think Foldeaze and all the shortlist reflect the best. This year the calibre of entries was exemplary, with companies showcasing creativity and innovation at its best. “Through these awards our aim is to showcase the best in practice. Many of the previous award winners have gone on to become industry and global leaders in their particular sectors. I have no doubt that Foldeaze will also follow suit and go on to replicate the successes of their predecessors.” InterTradeIreland Strategy and Policy Director Aidan Gough said “Companies that embrace an ongoing culture of innovation are more likely to grow and sustain growth. It is therefore extremely encouraging to note the high proportion of entries to this year’s awards that are based on selling new innovative products and services, of all shapes and sizes, to the marketplace.”
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