Westmeath based manufacturer Mr Crumb has won the overall Small Firms Association National Small Business Award 2005.

Mr Crumb was founded in 1996 by Bernard Coyle and now employs 30 people at its base in Finea, Co Westmeath. It manufactures fresh gourmet stuffing, fresh breadcrumbs and crust toppings. Their secondary products include luxury puddings, fresh gravies and salsas.

The company won a €15,000 cash prize, lifetime SFA membership, a full business financial health check, a €3,000 mobile business solution package and €1,000 worth of free shipping from Fedex.

This is the first year of the awards, which were organised by the SFA, partnered with O2 Ireland and Bank of Ireland Business Banking. The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to Irish industry.

The presentations took place in the Berkeley Court Hotel last night with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern presenting the awards.

Category award winners:
Manufacturing Award - Mr Crumb also won this award with a highly commended award going to Tullamore based Glenisk dairy company.

Retail Award - Dublin and Wicklow based The Butler's Pantry won this award with a highly commended award for Newmarket Motors.

Services Award - Co Kerry based Park Hotel Kenmare won this with a highly commended awards for Carlow based security firm Netwatch and Dublin based print company Craftprint.

Best Training Initiative in a small business - Carlow based Arboretum Garden Centre was awarded this accolade with the Wicklow based Festina Lente Foundation receiving a high commended award

Outstanding Small Business - Property website daft.ie was named as the Outstanding Small Business with Limerick based Wild Orchard Natural Beverages receiving a highly commended award.

Innovator of the Year - Ivor Roddy of Smarthomes was named as Innovator of the year with John Hughes of Advanced Pneumatic Technology winning a highly commended award.