Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards 2018 – Electricity Exchange Best Emerging Business 2018

We are delighted to announce that Electricity Exchange has won the Best Emerging Business at The Limerick Chamber President's Dinner which took place at The Strand Hotel on Friday 16th November.

The night shone a light on the important role local enterprise plays in Limerick City and the surrounding areas.

Electricity Exchange's work was honoured on the night of the 8th annual awards as the company was announced as the winner of 'The Best Emerging Business Contribution to the Region' category which was presented to our founders, Paddy Finn and Duncan O'Toole.

Speaking at the occasion, Duncan described the award. “It's an incredible moment especially given the competition within the category. It was a welcome surprise to make the shortlist but to win tonight tops off a fantastic year for everyone involved in Electricity Exchange and we can't wait to bring this award back to the team. It's truly fantastic to receive this recognition.”

The shortlist for the category of Best Emerging Business, sponsored by Limerick Institute of Technology and Limerick Council were

  • Electricity Exchange (Winner)
  • Troy Studios
  • Metis Ireland

Speaking about the achievements and advancements that Electricity Exchange have made this year, Paddy referred to the attachment that Electricity Exchange has to Limerick. “It's amazing to see so many of our neighbouring businesses in the region and to learn more about their successes. This year we've expanded and moved to a bigger office with the aim of growing again in the years to come. We're fully committed to growing our business here as we've been here since the very beginning. We're proud to be associated with the city and to expand our team based here now and in the future.”

Paddy also praised the support services for businesses trying to get off the ground in Limerick that make it such an attractive destination to set up and grow a business “Although I'm from Galway and Duncan is from Dublin, Electricity Exchange has been built on the foundations of support that Limerick has laid to nurture the growth of small businesses in the region. We are very proud to be a Limerick company.”

The winner of the overall award was Shannon Group which includes entities such as Shannon Airport, Shannon Commercial Properties, International Aviation Services Centre and Shannon Heritage which all have a tremendous impact on regional development, investment and employment.


Electricity Exchange and Limerick Chamber logos on Presidents dinner banner
Paddy Finn and Duncan O'Toole holding award for best Emerging business
A display of the awards for the event
Duncan O'Toole, Marie Donnellan and Paddy Finn smiling for the cameras - award in hand
A snapshot of the presentation of the event tables at The Strand
Electricity Exchange on stage recieving the award
A side view of The lords and ladies of Electricity Exchange Posing for photo
A snapshot of the number of people involved in the event during the meal.
Duncan(left) and Paddy(right) eagerly taking photos of their wives in their stunning outfits
The co-founders and their partners happily posing for a photo with the award that Electricity Exchange won

Photography credit(s): Keith Wiseman, Shauna Kennedy

Full gallery available on the Limerick Chamber website Here.


The full list of the winners on the night are below. We'd like to congratulate all that were nominated and shortlisted on their incredible achievements to date and wish them continued success going forward as they continue to invest and promote Limerick as a business hub.

Best Emerging Business

sponsored by Limerick Institute of Technology and Limerick Council: Electricity Exchange

Best SME Business

sponsored by AIB: Design Pro Automation

Best Large Business

sponsored by Holmes O'Malley Sexton: Shannon Group

Best CSR

sponsored by Deloitte: Optel Group

Best Retail & Hospitality Business

sponsored by Limerick Chamber Skillnet: Masterchef

Best Not for Profit

sponsored by Northern Trust: Novas

Best Employer

sponsored by ActionPoint: 3 Ireland

Company of the Year

Shannon Group

2018 Limerick Chamber President's Award:

Dr Kieran Curran, GenCell Biosystems

This Project was supported by the Local Enterprise Office Limerick through co-founding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020

The project contributes to the SME support, promotion and capability development theme of the ERDF co-funded programme

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