Irish Times – 19th May 2008
Companies shortlisted for business award
by John Collins
Twenty-four companies in three categories have been short-listed out of a total of 115 entries for the 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
All nominees were interviewed by Ernst & Young and assessed by a 12-strong panel of sponsors and former winners chaired by businessman Denis O’Brien and including Aidan Heavey of Tullow Oil; Ann Heraty from CPL Resources; and Padraig O’Ceidigh of Aer Arann Express.
Eight companies have been chosen in each of the three categories – international, industry and emerging – and nominees cover a cross section of business interests with healthcare and technology among the top industries represented. This year’s programme has an emphasis on environmental issues. As part of a chief executive’s retreat held in Haiti in June, finalists past and present will work with some of the world’s poorest communities. They will provide help and advice to the sustainable businesses set up by last year’s finalists, and also help create practical solutions to Haiti’s environmental disadvantages which include deforestation, soil erosion and water pollution.
“Successful entrepreneurs constantly adapt to changes in the business climate, and now that the age of physical climate change is upon us, these are the visionaries who will make global sustainability a reality.” Said Enda Kelly, the Ernst & Young partner who oversees the programme.