More than 200 family business entries were submitted, marking a significant increase since the founding event in 2019

The resilience and adaptability of family-run businesses across Ireland during the recent pandemic is to be recognised with this year’s Energia Family Business Awards.

The announcement of award winners, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will take place virtually from 18th October 2021, and celebrate ‘resilience through generations’ showcased by Irish family businesses.

This year’s Energia Family Business Awards feature 18 categories, each of which recognise the outstanding achievements of generations of Irish family companies across all sectors and industries. More than 200 entries were received across the hospitality, retail, agrifood, construction, transport, tech and professional services sectors from family businesses across the entire island of Ireland, marking a significant increase in the number of entries year on year.

For the full list of categories and finalists as well as awards sponsors  and other information can be found at From 18th – 22nd October, journalist and broadcaster Matt Cooper will make five daily category winner announcements on the Family Business Awards social media channels, honouring businesses who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and resilience throughout the Covid-19 pandemic while continuing to thrive and grow.

The theme of ‘Resilience through generations’ aims to recognise the most adaptable family businesses across the country and those who are helping keep the wider SME sector alive.

Speaking about the Family Business Awards, Alan Mulcahy, Head of Sales at Energia, said:

“Irish family businesses have experienced unprecedented challenges over the past year. The lifeblood of communities across Ireland, their resilience has been an instrumental part of the broader national effort to combat the impacts of the pandemic. Therefore, as we continue what is a hopeful reopening of our society and economy, the timing of these awards is fitting. As a founding supporter of the Family Business Awards, we are delighted to once again be able to celebrate the best of indigenous Irish businesses and wish all the finalists every success.”


Category Sponsors:

  • Energia – Manufacturing and Engineering Family Business of the Year
  • Energia – Sustainable Family Business of the Year
  • Energia – Family Business of the Year
  • Enterprise Ireland – Sponsoring International Family Business of the Year
  • HLB Sheehan Quinn – Sponsoring Property and Construction Family Business of the Year
  • .IE – Sponsoring Tech Family Business of the Year 
  • Matheson – Sponsoring Family Business Longevity Award
  • Mazars – Sponsoring of Retail/Wholesale Family Business of the Year
  • NSAI – Sponsoring Innovative Family Business Award
  • Skillnet Ireland – Sponsoring Fastest Growing Family Business
  • Today FM – Media Partner (Republic of Ireland) of the Energia Family Business Awards
  • Belfast Telegraph – Official Media Partner (Northern Ireland) of the Energia Family Business Awards
  • The Irish Times – Official Media Partner of the Energia Family Business Awards


About Energia Group

Energia Group is a leading integrated Irish energy business with substantial operations in both the ROI and Northern Ireland. The Group primarily operates across three business units: Renewables, Flexible Generation and Customer Solutions. With offices in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Belfast, Antrim and Omagh,  Energia Group supplies almost 20% of the island of Ireland’s total electricity requirements and 21% of the island’s total wind power meeting the energy needs of 800,000 homes and businesses with competitive electricity and gas services provided through its two retail brands Energia and Power NI. The Group supplies close to 1.3 Gigawatts of green power to the market, including power from 15 owned and invested wind farms on the island and also operates two major gas-fired power stations in north County Dublin.  Energia Group employs 920 people and is one of only 40 companies to have achieved the Business Working Responsibly mark from Business in the Community, the leading independently audited standard for CSR and Sustainability in Ireland.


About Family Business Awards

The Energia Family Business Awards now in its second year showcases the best of Irish family businesses throughout the 32 counties of Ireland. From SME to multinational, every family business starts with the investment of a family who have a passion for delivering quality products and services to their communities. It is the Energia Family Business Awards’ mission to ensure Irish Family businesses are recognised and continue to grow and thrive in the changing political and economic environment. The awards showcase the success of Irish family businesses and highlight the impact of their businesses both in their own communities, nationally and beyond, seeing these businesses, with family at their heart, rewarded and awarded.