Energy technology start up company Acutrace was named as the winner of this year's National Enterprise Awards.

The Dublin-based company develops software and hardware solutions for energy measurement and lighting control systems in commercial and industrial buildings in both Ireland and the UK. 

Acutrace, which has five employees, has completed projects in Google, Twitter, IBM, Irish Aviation Authority and The Leadenhall Building. 

The company was established in 2015 and is now ready to launch its software products into eleven countries throughout Europe.

The awards - which were presented in the Mansion House last night - are organised by the Local Enterprise Offices every year to celebrate Ireland's micro-enterprises.

Another Dublin company, Hope Beer in Fingal, won the "Best Start-Up" award, while Hexafly from Co Meath took the award for "Innovation".

Monaghan Brothers Bar Furniture Manufacturers Ltd from Co Mayo won the "Best Export" category at the awards.
 
Eight regional awards were also announced last night:

- Acutrace (Dublin Region)
- Irish Host Family Ltd (South West Region)
- Broghies Ireland (Mid East Region)
- Pip and Pear Chilled Baby Food (South Region)
- Goldfish.ie (for South East Region)
- Studyclix (North West Region)
- Aphix Software (North East Region)
- 9th Impact (West Region)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the winners at the awards ceremony were examples of the confidence, ambition and creative talent at Ireland's core.

He said that since the Local Enterprise Offices were established in 2014, they have supported in excess of 11,000 new jobs. 

"Unemployment has dropped from 15.4% to 6.4% in recent times and LEO offices have played their part in this. Jobs are now growing in every region in the country," Mr Kenny added.