Family business reaches National Enterprise Awards
Blathnaid, Aoibhinn and Susan Murphy from Biabelle with their LEO South Dublin ‘Overall’ winners Award

Family business reaches National Enterprise Awards

A COSMETICS business from Templeogue and Greenhills will represent Local Enterprise Office South Dublin at this year’s National Enterprise Awards for 2022.

Biabelle Beauty took the county top prize of €5,000 and will now represent Local Enterprise Office South Dublin at the 22nd National Enterprise Awards at the Mansion House in Dublin on June 2.

This all-female family business was set up in 2017 by sisters Aoibhinn and Bláthnaid together with mum Susan Murphy and together they have created a range of self-tanning products which are produced in Ireland and are sold on-line and in pharmacies and beauty salons nationwide.

Biabelle Beauty’s self tanning products use a high-percentage of natural ingredients along with many other beneficial ingredients which make them really stand out from the crowd.

The business is based in Greenhills and currently employs seven people and is a social media favourite with over 5,000 followers across their social media platforms.

Other winners at the Local Enterprise Awards South Dublin held at Louis Fitzgerald Hotel included eight category winners.

The Start-Up Award went to Keith O’Grady of Sensory House which is Ireland’s first Multi-Sensory manufacturer specialising in affordable full Sensory Room packages to schools, crèches, institutions & private homes throughout Ireland.

The One to Watch Award went to Deirdre Casey founder of Bond Hair Health, Bond Hair Health is committed to delivering solutions for clients having difficulty with their hair and it’s overall health.

They provide options for clients to achieve styling and colouring results; but also specialise in helping clients that have concerns regarding scalp and hair health.

The Export Award went to Emma Hedderman of Stride Boot Wear which is an equestrian footwear brand designed in Ireland made in Europe.

Stride Boot Wear is an Irish company focused on exporting to the USA, Europe, Canada, and the UK.

The Innovation Award went to Mark Sweetman of Botfiler. Botfiler is an automation and integration technology platform that helps accountants around the world to manage local and cross border VAT and Sales Tax for their clients.

The Green Award went to Stuart Montgomery, Michael Clarke, Gerry Whelan of GreyFox Design. GreyFox is a research and design led initiative, whose ambition is to develop, produce and distribute high quality, humanised furniture solutions for the 21st Century.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award went to Lily Ramirez Foran of Picado Mexican.

Lily is a stalwart on the food scene in Ireland, always willing to offer advice or assistance to those that reach out while also being a tireless promoter of Mexican cuisine in Ireland.

The Food & Drink Award went to Nicola Kearns – Niks Tea. Niks Tea provide a full tea service directly to the public online, to retail supermarket health stores, speciality food stores and to cafes, restaurants and most recently to hospitality with their new range of sustainable teas.

The Resilience in Business Award went to Jim Dunne of Smart Studios.

From iAcoustics which provide expert acoustic consultancy to Smart Studios which manufacture acoustic modules (sound studios) for music, gaming, TV industry.

Jim has demonstrated over his 30 years in business his ability to be able to adapt his business to market needs, his openness and willingness to continually learn and develop, demonstrated by his active participation across many LEO supports.

Biabelle Beauty will now be competing against 30 other finalists from every local authority area for a share of the €35,000 winners prize fund following national judging which took place earlier in May.

Categories this year include Best Export Business, Best Start-Up and Innovation, in addition to eight regional awards.

There are also two new National Enterprise Awards this year with a ‘One to Watch’ award and a ‘Sustainability/Green’ award.

Artisan Pizza Limited were crowned Dublin Regional Winners at the last awards in 2021.

This high quality food business which has continued to grow from strength to strength now employ 20 people at their facility in Rathcoole.

The Enterprise Awards took place as part of a very successful Local Enterprise Week programme of events.

There were over 220 physical and virtual events taking place across the country, run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices from March 7th to 11th.

Speaking ahead of the natioanl awards Tom Rooney with Local Enterprise Office South Dublin said: “We have an excellent representative for South Dublin in Biabelle Beauty not only for this year’s National Enterprise Awards but also for women in business in the county and indeed nationally.

“This business which was just started in 2017 and has grown so quickly is testament to their hard work, their passion and ambition and we wish them every success on Thursday night in the Mansion House”.

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