Shannon company Get the Shifts which provides web-based staffing solutions to the hospitality sector has won the County Enterprise Award for 2018.
Top prize of €5,000 plus a PR and Digital Marketing mentor package went to Hannah Wrixon of Get the Shifts Ltd. The winner will represent Local Enterprise Office Clare at the National Enterprise Awards, which celebrates its 20th anniversary on 24th May 2018.
Get the Shifts is an online staffing solutions business matching temporary hospitality workers with relevant employers across Ireland using an on-demand web and mobile platform from its base at Beech Park House, Smithtown.
The company currently employs four people and has plans to employ three more before the end of the year.
Speaking after the award, which was part of Local Enterprise Week, Padraic McElwee, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Clare said: “Get the Shifts Ltd. has already become a success story and the judges were particularly impressed by the entrepreneur’s grasp of the business model and where the opportunities lay for the future growth of the business.
“As Local Enterprise Offices celebrate twenty years of the National Enterprise Awards in 2018, Clare are proud to be represented by Get the Shifts Ltd. in this extra special year.”
Minister Pat Breen commented, “I would like to congratulate Hannah Wrixon of Get the Shifts Ltd. on winning this year’s Clare County Enterprise Award.
“While there can be only one outright winner, I am extremely heartened by the quality of all the entries and of the strong level of enterprise that clearly exits in the county.
“I am confident that many of the businesses here will develop and grow and will expand into global markets.
“As we have seen from previous Clare County Enterprise Award winners like Callan Technology and ABC Nutrition, this competition can be a springboard to great success and I wish our winners, Get the Shifts Ltd., and all the finalists all the best in their enterprise future. They can be assured that their Local Enterprise Office here in Clare will always be there to support their ambition “
At the national final, in Dublin’s Mansion House, Get the Shifts Ltd. will compete against 30 finalists from every local authority area for a share of the €40,000 prize fund.
Among the special guests at the ceremony was Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen, T.D., and Mayor of Clare, Cllr Tom McNamara.
Members of the judging panel included Kieran Sheahan, founder-owner of Ascent Associate, Orlaith Borthwick, programme manager with Mid-West Action Plan for Jobs and Harriet Cotter of Enterprise Ireland.
The awards were just one of the many highlights of Local Enterprise Week. All over the country, the 31 Local Enterprise Offices organised more than 300 events aimed at start-ups, aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses in their area, to mark the week.