Sligo Business Announced for National Enterprise Awards Final

Sligo Business Announced for National Enterprise Awards Final Pictured at a photocall to celebrate Sleater Solutions winning the 2024 LEO Sligo County Enterprise Award were: (L-R): Liam Kiely, A/Head of Enterprise, Sligo County Council, Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Cllr. Gerard Mullaney, Keith Sleater and Shane Kelly, Sleater Solutions and A/Senior Enterprise Development Officer, LEO Sligo, Stephen Walshe

An automation, engineering & software solutions company from Sligo have been selected as one of the Finalists for the National Enterprise Awards that take place next month.

Sleater Solutions Ltd. will represent Local Enterprise Office Sligo at the prestigious awards that take place on the 23rd May in the Round Room at the Mansion House in Dublin.

Sleater Solutions is a recognised industry expert in the provision of engineering, automation, and software solutions for clients in the food and beverage, manufacturing, automotive, medical device and pharmaceutical sectors.  The company, which was founded in 2002, is based at Union Road Business Park, Collooney, Co. Sligo and employs 12 full-time and 5 other-time staff.

Cllr. Gerard Mullaney, Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council said:

“I would like to extend the good wishes of Sligo County Council to Keith, Shane and their team at Sleater Solutions Ltd., and wish them every success in the National Enterprise Awards Final.  From a base just outside Sligo, they are dealing with leading food and beverage, automotive and pharmaceutical companies in the U.K., Europe, North America and Asia.  The high-quality employment opportunities they offer are an excellent example of what makes County Sligo a great place in which to live, invest and visit”.

Shane Kelly, Managing Director of Sleater Solutions Ltd., said:

“Sleater Solutions are delighted to represent Sligo at this prestigious competition and are looking forward to the chance to network with other leading businesses at the event.  We are proud of the fact that we can work with leading food and beverage, automotive and pharmaceutical companies from our base here Collooney in Sligo, and we acknowledge the help of Local Enterprise Office Sligo over the years.  We also look forward to the continued growth of our business, with help from Enterprise Ireland, having recently graduated to become a client company of theirs”.

This is the 24th year of the Local Enterprise Office initiative, which was won last year by Advanced Cosmetic Manufacturing Ltd., supported by Local Enterprise Office Mayo.  Headed up by Noreen Hackett, the Company works with Irish and international brands to research, develop, create and rapidly innovate cosmetic products such as skincare, self-tanning and body care.

Liam Kiely, Acting Head of Enterprise with Sligo County Council said:

“The National Enterprise Awards serve to highlight the very best businesses that the Local Enterprise Offices are working with across the country.  Local Enterprise Office Sligo have been working with Keith and the team at Sleater Solutions for many years and recently assisted in their transfer to Enterprise Ireland.  We have been hugely impressed with both their vision and their determination to grow their business and secure customers outside of Ireland.  We are delighted to have them as our representative at the National Enterprise Awards Final on May 23rd”.

The Finalists compete for a prize fund of over €50,000 and along with an overall National Enterprise of the Year winner there are categories for Best Start-Up, Best Export Business, an Innovation Award, a One-to-Watch Award, and a Green & Sustainability Award.  There is also an Outstanding Achievement award for a business that started with their Local Enterprise Office and has gone on to achieve international growth with the assistance of Enterprise Ireland.

Previous winners of the National Enterprise Awards include the likes of Irish Yoghurts (1998), Obelisk (2000), Simtech Aviation (2008), Digiweb (2004) and Design Pro (2013), Terra NutriTech (2018), Pestle & Mortar (2019), Bevcraft (2021), and Advanced Cosmetic Manufacturing Ltd. (2023).

The National Enterprise Awards are one of a number of initiatives that the Local Enterprise Offices run, to foster entrepreneurship across the country. Others include Local Enterprise Week, the Student Enterprise Programme, National Women’s Enterprise Day, and Local Enterprise Showcase. The Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities are funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland.

Established in 2014, the Local Enterprise Offices are the essential resource for any entrepreneur looking to start a business or any small business that is looking for support or advice to help them grow.  Since their inception 10 years ago, the Local Enterprise Offices have helped create over 39,000 jobs across the country.  The LEOs work with thousands of client companies across Ireland in a diverse range of sectors offering mentoring, training, expert advice, and financial supports to small businesses.  For more information see