Wednesday, 30th May 2012
Shortlisted entrepreneurs 'blazing a trail for Waterford on the global stage'
Entrepreneurs from two Waterford-based businesses have been shortlisted for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Programme for 2012.
Frank and Adrienne Dolphin from Rigney Dolphin, and Keltech's Ray Breen have made it to the competitive final stages of this global business awards programme.
Emanating from a diverse array of industry sectors that range from Agriculture and Financial Services, to Engineering and CRM Solutions' Management, these outstanding individuals were selected from a record total of 150 nominations received from across Ireland for this year's awards, having demonstrated what it really takes to succeed as an entrepreneur in today's challenging business environment.
Speaking at the announcement of the 2012 shortlist, Ernst & Young Partner-in-Charge of the Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Programme, Frank O'Keeffe, highlighted the vital role such entrepreneurs play in leading our return to economic growth and job creation.
The two Waterford-based shortlisted companies employ almost 1,300 individuals throughout the region. Frank and Adrienne Dolphin were nominated in the International Category, while Ray Breen made it to the final eight within the Industry category.
According to Ray Breen of Keltech it was a great honour to be shortlisted for the awards. "To be chosen from such a panel of renowned and successful companies is a great endorsement of our business. Keltech was established in 1988 and in that time we have adopted a business strategy that has given us a clearer vision and focus for growth."
"Whilst we have a strong export market and our end product is exported worldwide, the team at Keltech has made the company what it is today. We hope to continue to grow and create more employment in Waterford over the coming months", Ray added.
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Programme is supported by The Irish Times, RTE, Newstalk, Enterprise Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland and Intertrade Ireland.
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