Coffee brand Java Republic has taken the top prize in the Food & Drink category at the SFA's Small Firms Awards, which took place last night (3 March) at Dublin's RDS.
Grace O’Shaughnessy, Managing Director of Java Republic said, "We are very proud of this award and honoured to be on such an impressive winners list.
"We’ve weathered some very tough times through hard work and steely determination, but we are now at a very exciting stage in the economy."
Last year was a significant one for the coffee business, as it secured a contract with Aer Lingus to provide freshly brewed coffee on-board its European flights, and seven of its products were winners in The Great Taste Awards 2015.
Shaughnessy was also nominated in both The Women Mean Business Awards and the Image Businesswoman of the Year Awards.
Java Republic is based at The Roastery in Dublin, which houses the coffee roasting facility, as well as its offices and the Roastery Café.
Speaking at the gala presentation of the 12th National Small Business Awards, SFA Chairman, AJ Noonan said, "Tonight it is a privilege to have 38 of the best small businesses from 16 counties in Ireland in this room. You are the future of Irish business.
"You have proven your commitment, drive and ambition and we are delighted to celebrate your achievements."
The seven category winners were as follows:
Manufacturing: EMCA, Cavan
Food & Drink: Java Republic, Dublin
Services: JJ O’Toole, Limerick
Outstanding Small Business (up to 5 employees): Eirechrom, Cork
Innovator of the Year: Ash Technologies, Kildare
Sustainability: Gannon Eco, Westmeath
Small Business Exporter of the Year: Topform, Galway
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