STEPHEN GRANT WINNER INDUSTRY CATEGORY ERNST & YOUNG ‘ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR’ 2008
Twenty-four company directors have been short-listed across three categories for the coveted 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® award, including Stephen Grant, founder of Grant Engineering who has been selected for this highly acclaimed position for the second year running.
Over 115 entries were received and nominees all interviewed by Ernst & Young, followed by a rigorous assessment by a 12-strong panel of judges, chaired by telecoms entrepreneur, and previous recipient of the award, Mr. Denis O’Brien. Eight companies have been chosen in each of the three categories – international, industry and emerging, and cover a cross section of business interests. Established in 1980, Grant Engineering Ltd, falls into the Industry category.
Announcing the shortlist, Enda Kelly, Ernst & Young Partner-in-Charge of the Programme said “Entrepreneurs play a vital role in economic development and act as invaluable role models for a new generation of entrepreneurs. Our finalists confirm the pattern of previous years of vibrant entrepreneurship present right across the country. All display exceptional entrepreneurial vision, and it is important that we celebrate and recognise their achievement. Their creativity and risk-taking ability acts as the very foundation of our economic prosperity”.
“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, added Kelly. In our part, we will complement the hands-on initiatives in Haiti through the provision of a series of ground-breaking presentations on Environmental Corporate Social Responsibility, led by one of the most prominent figures in the field.These sessions will highlight the enormous strategic value of ‘Green Business’, and hopefully encourage participants to place eco-friendly practice at the core of business operation”.
Stephen Grant was featured in a three-part series on RTE television in October. He was announced as a winner at a televised Awards Ceremony held on 23rd October 2008.