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Young Mayo agri firm wins Enterprise of the Year

Agrispread, an agricultural machinery manufacturer run by three brothers from Co Mayo, was named Enterprise of the Year by the City and County Enterprise Boards last night.

Supported by Mayo County Enterprise Board, Agrispread manufactures and exports agricultural machinery, such as lime and fertiliser spreaders, slurry tankers and bale feeders.

Run by David, Dermot and Marcus Murphy, the micro-enterprise currently exports 85pc of its products to seven countries, including Poland, Holland, Germany, the UK and South Africa.

The company was set-up up by the Murphy family in 2007 and currently employs ten people on a full-time basis with plans to grow the workforce to 25 by the end of 2012.

Three other award categories were presented earlier this evening: the Best Start-Up Business Award went to FleetConnect in Fingal, which provides wireless communication products to the transport sector in Ireland and the UK; the Best Exporting Business Award went to Softouch Technologies in Wexford, which specialises in off-the-shelf database management systems; and the Best Innovation in Product Development Award was won by Drombeg Premium Irish Spirit in West Cork, which produces and markets a liqueur for sale both nationally and internationally.

The other four finalists at the 2011 National Enterprise Awards were: Aine’s Handmade Chocolates from Cavan, Soltec Ireland from Westmeath, from Donegal and Action Point Innovation from County Limerick.


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