Irish family businesses from local to international scale recognised for their generations of service and contribution to society 

IRELAND: The winners of the Energia Family Business Awards have been announced at a special online event, recognising local and international enterprises across the island of Ireland for their service to their communities and resilience to the challenges of recent times. 

The big winners this year include Combilift, which took the awards for Innovative Family Business Award, Manufacturing & Engineering Family Business of the Year and the overall Energia Business of the Year Award; The Sandymount Hotel in Dublin, which was named Energia Sustainable Family Business of the Year, and The Q Cafe Company, which was presented with the Family Business CSR Award. 

They are among a total of 18 winners at the Energia Family Business Awards, which provides a platform for businesses at home and abroad to be recognized for their work and contribution to the Irish economy and to communities across the entire island of Ireland. The theme of this year’s event was recognising the resilient spirit that has come to the fore in response to the unprecedented challenges that the pandemic has presented.

The Energia Family Business Awards winners were announced across the week at a special virtual event hosted by Matt Cooper. Other notable winners at the Awards were Family Food/Drink Producer of the Year Kelly’s Butchers, the Hayfield Family Collection in the Hospitality Business of the Year, and Laura Kavanagh of JJ Kavanagh’s, who was presented with the Rising Star Award. 

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The Energia Family Business Awards celebrate the efforts of family-run businesses in shaping the Irish business landscape. The awards have recognized businesses across the island of all shapes and sizes, with hundreds of entries received across all categories and 18 well-deserving winners crowned at the ceremony. The awards saw strong representation from different industries nationwide and demonstrated the tenacity of Irish family business.

According to research*, there are more than 160,000 family-owned businesses in Ireland, and more than 64% of all businesses can be classified in this way. In addition to this, more than 90% of family businesses employ just nine people or less, illustrating their importance to the communities in which they operate across the entire island. 

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

“We are very proud to announce the winners of the Energia Family Business Awards. The past 18 months have been exceptionally challenging for business owners all across the island of Ireland and beyond. The resilience, creativity and innovation they have shown to continue serving their communities and sustaining employment have been extraordinary, and these awards are a reflection of that effort. We congratulate all of our winners and wish them well for the future.”


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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 23% 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 has 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 communities, nationally and beyond, seeing these businesses, with family at their heart, rewarded and awarded. For more information please visit