The Field, one of Roscommon’s best small businesses, represented Local Enterprise Office Roscommon at the National Enterprise Awards held at the Mansion House Dublin this week. Now in their twenty-first year, the awards are run by the thirty-one local enterprise offices and offer an investment prize fund of €40,000.
The Field was founded by Padraic Cuddy of Castlecoote following his son Tommy’s request for a model toy field to graze his farm animals. The realistic models, complete with lush green pastures, hedging and a traditional wooden gate, are all elegantly hand-crafted using synthetic grasses to reflect the look and feel of ‘real’ grass. They also come complete with a certificate of title granting ownership of the land to the purchaser.
According to Louise Ward, Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office Roscommon: “The National Enterprise Awards are very much a benchmark for excellence for small businesses across the country. It is much more than just awards. The businesses involved avail of mentoring and guidance as the process develops and generates connections and leads from other businesses along the way. They also receive signposting for their business helping them to move their company forward, irrespective of whether they win an award. Those who do take part always see the benefit.
“Our winners are now employing over 830 people and are exporting across the world with annual revenues in excess of €130million. The class of 2019 looks to be well prepared to follow in their path”.
The National Enterprise Awards are one of a number of initiatives that the Local Enterprise Offices run to foster entrepreneurship across the country.