The Echo picks up the Best Small Family Business of the Year Award
: The Echo received the GOLD award as Energia Best Small Family Business of the Year 2021. Siblings Brenda Mockler, Emma Kennedy and Peter Kennedy on the Zoom call when they received the good news

The Echo picks up the Best Small Family Business of the Year Award

THE ECHO is delighted to announce that it has been awarded ‘Best Small Family Business of the Year’ in the Energia Family Business Awards 2021.

The Energia Family Business Awards, which were held virtually on October 18, showcased the success of Irish family businesses and highlight the impact of their businesses both in their own communities, nationally and beyond.

The Echo was nominated for the ‘Best Small Family Business of the Year’ award alongside other incredible businesses across Ireland, including Kora Healthcare, ACET, Causey Farm, OBW Technologies, Maypark House Nursing Home & Rockshire Care Centre, Munster Fire & Safety, Turtle Tots Ireland, Fleetwise Ltd and Fitzsimons Insulations.

Managing Director of The Echo Newspaper, Emma Kennedy, said that winning the award means more than ever after the last eighteen months.

“Initially, we were shocked that we won it, but obviously absolutely delighted as well,” she said.

“The main thing for us after the last eighteen months, to get such amazing recognition for the work that the paper does for the community is unreal.

“It is a reflection of our team that work with us in The Echo, and it is a reflection too of the communities that we work with and the families in those communities – it is because of them that we won this award.”

The theme of this year’s awards ‘Resilience through generations’ rings true, as The Echo would not be where it is today if it was not founded on May 1, 1980, by David Kennedy, when he recognised a gap in the market for a local newspaper for the Tallaght area.

“On a personal level, Brenda and Peter and I would like to thank our parents as the original founders of the paper and their passion for our communities,” Emma added.

“Without them, the paper wouldn’t even exist.

“I want to thank them for their initiative to take the plunge and start the paper back in 1980. It is because they genuinely love where they live and wanted to connect communities.”