Local Natural Spring Water company wins SFA award 2011

Celtic Pure Natural Spring Water is winner of a Small Firms Association (SFA) ‘Highly Commended’ National Business Award in the Food and Drink category. Sponsored by Bord Bia, this prestigious award was presented to Padraig McEneaney, managing director of Celtic Pure, at the SFA awards ceremony in Trinity College Dining Hall last Thursday evening.

From humble beginnings with two employees in 2000 supplying customers locally with water in 5 litre drums, Celtic Pure has grown to become an innovative, progressive company. Celtic Pure currently employs 23 people at its manufacturing facility in Shercock, Co. Monaghan, is exporting and has plans for more growth this year.

Not only does Celtic Pure source its own natural spring water, the company manufactures its own bottles all under a Quality Management System.

Recognised by the SFA for innovation, job creation, significant growth, as well as exports, Celtic Pure is delighted to receive this accolade. “To be recognised on a national level by the SFA is very rewarding for all of our staff here at Celtic Pure”, said Padraig McEneaney, managing director, Celtic Pure.

“We are very pleased to be ‘Highly Commended’ in the Food and Drink category as we were competing against many great established companies. We are looking forward now to the year and this is a great way to start it off. Our plans are to continue innovating and growing and provide our customers with the best products.”

This is the seventh year of the SFA National Small Business Awards and the judging panel included local Monaghan business woman Rita Shah, managing director of Shabra Plastics and Recycling Ltd.

Other judges were Mr. Ian Martin, SFA chairman & chair of the Judging Panel, Brian O’Kane, managing director of Oak Tree Press, Frank Roche, professor of Entrepreneurship at the Smurfit School of Business, Frank Cronin, managing director of Newstalk, Mairead Cirillo, environmental management consultant and Maeve Dineen, business editor of the Irish Independent.

Celtic Pure has made a huge impact on the ever-growing natural bottled water market. The company has built up good relationships with its customers and independent distributors and is willing and able to supply all orders no matter how large or small in Ireland and to its export markets.

The company’s still and sparkling water range covers all sizes of bottles from 250ml to 5 litre plastic bottles to 250ml and 750ml glass bottles. Celtic Pure also provides customised bottle branding and water coolers for home and office use.

The aim of the SFA 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, especially now at a time now when it is most needed.

For more information on Celtic Pure, please visit http://www.celticpure.ie