24 Businesses Shortlisted for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award

 Pictured at the announcement of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 finalists are (from left) Tom Hayes of Enterprise Ireland, Jeremy Fitch of Invest Northern Ireland, Margaret Hearty of InterTradeIreland, Partner-in-Charge of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Frank O’Keeffe and Chairman of the Entrepreneur Of The Year judging panel, Pádraig Ó CéidighThe finalists were selected by a judging panel of previous winners including Digicel owner Denis O’Brien, Dairymaster chief executive Edmond Harty, Taxback.com founder Terry Clune, Anne Heraty of listed recruitment company CPL and Liam Casey of outsourcing manufacturer PCH.

Representing the full spectrum of industries, the 24 finalists employ 6,000 people and generate annual revenues of €628 million.

‘Accelerate ambition’
“Ireland’s business owners were particularly hard-hit by the economic downturn and now is the time to accelerate their ambition and focus their sights on the global opportunities that lie ahead,” Frank O’Keeffe, partner-in-charge of the Entrepreneur of the Year programme, said.

“Through the support of the programme, our aim is to help our 24 finalists continue to grow robust businesses, stimulate job creation and stay ahead of the curve well into the future.”

The finalists will join a group of 110 entrepreneurs, all previous finalists and winners of the programme, for a week-long chief executive retreat in Seattle and Vancouver at the end of May. The retreat will include executive education at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and University of Washington in Seattle, both of which are ranked in the Top 30 universities in the world.

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