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The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™

Programme 2 - Industry

Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Michael Barry - Barry & Fitzwilliam
Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Brian McErlain - GenesisCrafty
Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Stuart & Russell Dickson - Decora Blinds Systems
Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Colm Piercy - Digiweb
Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Denis Lynn - Finnebrogue
Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year
John Tuohy & Dave Field - Nightline
Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year
John McCann - Willowbrook Foods

Michael Barry - Barry & Fitzwilliam
Pádraig joined Michael, founder and managing director of Barry & Fitzwilliam, Ireland's leading independent drinks importer at the Cork Food Festival where they enjoyed an afternoon of sunshine and a little drink to cool them down.

Brian McErlain - GenesisCrafty
GenesisCrafty is a Magherafelt-based, family-owned bakery that produces a range of artisan, hand-crafted bread and confectionery items. Brian coaches the local under-14 gaelic football team and Pádraig Ó Céidigh joined Brian to cheer them on at a championship match.

Stuart & Russell Dickson - Decora Blinds Systems
This duo are directors of the Co Antrim-based company, which started as a small, family business in 1979. Since the boys have been at the helm, Decora has grown to become one of the leading suppliers of components, fabrics, and made-to-measure blinds to customers in the UK and Ireland. The brothers share a passion for golf where they can just hang out and be brothers rather than just business partners. Pádraig joined them for a round at one of their favourite courses, Malone Golf club in Belfast.

Colm Piercy - Digiweb
Established in 1997 by chief executive Colm Piercy, the company is a major, independent Irish owned telecoms service provider with 150 employees. Colm met Pádraig on a walk in the Dublin mountains with a pit-stop at Three Rock dominated by transmission and satellite towers. Colm remembers the Christmas he was rigging satellite dishes himself to keep his services going.

Denis Lynn - Finnebrogue
An interest in animals led Denis Lynn to his current business. Artisan meat producer Denis cooks Pádraig some venison burgers after showing him the herds of deer bred on his Finnebrogue Estate.

John Tuohy & Dave Field - Nightline
These two Dublin friends have come a long way since starting their business with one phone and two vans. As well as investing in a business together they have invested in a horse who is running in Bellewstown races. Pádraig joins them for the ride.

John McCann - Willowbrook Foods
Willowbrook Foods produces a wide variety of fresh and prepared vegetable products that include vegetables and soup mixes, wet and dry salads and stir fry-ready and steamed vegetables. John, the King of fresh 'ready-to-use' products, invited Pádraig to enjoy an afternoon on Strangford Lough where he can keep an eye on Willowbrook Farm, located on the shores of the lough.

 

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