Equinox Education Services are delighted to have picked up its fourth and fifth awards in quick succession, with the two most recent happening within just a week of each other.

Last week, Equinox were named ‘Leading Provider of Education and Cultural Programmes’ at the Irish Enterprise 2020 Awards, sponsored by EU Business News. On Monday this week, the Equinox team were absolutely thrilled to win the ‘Cathaoirleach’s Award for Contribution to the Local Economy’ at the Final of the Carlow County National Enterprise Awards, at a special awards ceremony at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow. Local Enterprise Week is organised every year by the Local Enterprise Offices and supported by Enterprise Ireland, local authorities and the Government of Ireland.

Equinox have won five awards in under three years.

Equinox were one of five businesses, including Ballyshane Irish Wood Design, who were shortlisted at the regional final this year, with four finalists picking up awards, including Carlow Coatings Ltd (Future Vision), Equinox Education Services Ltd (Cathaoirleach’s Award for Contribution to the Local Economy) and Murphy Engineering and Mobile Welding Ltd (Investing in People). Irish Fluid Controls (Chemfeed) Ltd, picked up the overall County Carlow National Enterprise Award for 2020 and will represent the Local Enterprise Office (Carlow) at the 22nd National Enterprise Awards in the Mansion House in Dublin next May, when they will compete against 30 other finalists from every local authority area for a share of the €40,000 prize fund.

Equinox team members l-r Patrick Brennan, Cathy Stevenson, Tomoko Doyle, Noel Doyle, Paul Dunne and Caroline Newport with the ‘Cathaoirleach’s Award for Contribution to the Local Economy’. Missing from pic: Mary Clare Doyle, Sharon Fallon and Martina Moylan.

Speaking about the awards, Kathleen Holohan, Chief Executive with Carlow County Council said “This is a great annual event for County Carlow and I’m always amazed by our stories of entrepreneurial achievement in the County and I commend each and every company for putting themselves forward for these awards and also for supporting employment in the County”, Holohan continued to say “I believe one of the things that makes County Carlow great is our industrial and entrepreneurial innovation DNA and we in Carlow County Council are committed to support the business community in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and the other enterprise agencies”.  Guest speaker at the event was 2019 County Carlow Finalist, Pat Amond who spoke about his journey to starting his own business.

Presentation party for the awards was Cllr. John Pender, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, Kathleen Holohan, Chief Executive of Carlow County Council, Pauline Hoctor, Senior Enterprise Development Officer and Pat Amond, Owner Manager of Carlow Toolmaking Services.

Equinox team members with Cllr. John Pender, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council.

Equinox Education Services’ founder and Managing Director, Noel was delighted that Equinox were recognised for a third year in succession at the Carlow County National Enterprise Awards, stating “I’m particularly gratified that this year, the Cathaoirleach’s Award recognises our contribution to the local and cultural economy of Carlow and is a testament to the hard work of all the team comprising of myself, Paul, Tomoko, Cathy, Sharon, Mary Clare, Caroline, Martina and Paddy.” He added “I’m indebted not only to my colleagues at Equinox for making this possible, but also to our overseas agent partners and the many local schools and host families which we depend on and are delighted to work with in Ireland”.

Equinox extends its congratulations to Irish Fluid Controls and all the other entrants and winners, and would like to thank the hotel staff and judges for their involvement in the success of event and especially, Kieran Comerford and his team at the Local Enterprise Office, Carlow for their continued support.