Minister announces Nobó among the 2016 National Enterprise Award Finalists

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The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., has announced that, Ireland’s first dairy free ice cream company, Nobó, will represent Dublin City, in the National Enterprise Awards Final which takes place at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday 9th June at 6pm.
Nobó, offers a unique and innovative health food brand which saw the introduction of Ireland’s first dairy free ice cream into the Irish market in 2014. Nobó now supplies over 800 stores throughout Ireland, UK and the UAE. The dairy free ice cream is aimed at adults looking for an alternative ice cream for health and wellness reasons and in addition to provide for the growing food intolerance market.
Thousands of small businesses from across the country were supported by Local Enterprise Offices in the Local Authorities Network last year and 32 of those businesses have now reached the National Final. LEO Dublin City was delighted to announce Nobó as winners of the LEO Dublin City Enterprise Award 2016 in March this year and will now go on to represent the city in the National finals.   
The competition has a prize fund of €40,000 and was set up twenty years ago to celebrate Ireland’s small businesses and micro-enterprises.  Husband and wife team, Brian and Rachel Nolan, founding partners of Nobó, will be supported by representatives of LEO Dublin City at the Final in the Aviva Stadium. Twelve awards will be presented on the night including eight new regional trophies and the overall winner will receive €10,000 to invest in their business.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor said: “Getting to the final of the National Enterprise Awards is a great achievement.  As part of my role as Minister I want to engage with small businesses, they are the backbone of Ireland and I want to ensure that I can put in place the right conditions for small businesses to thrive. Two thirds of all new jobs are created by start-ups and I want to encourage more people to start new businesses.  The Local Enterprise Offices are at the core of this.  They work towards embedding an enterprise culture at local level.  These awards showcase the innovation, creativity and the development potential across the micro and small business sectors.  By highlighting all these success stories, the National Enterprise Awards give well deserved recognition to Ireland’s small business champions.  I wish all finalist the very best of luck in the Final”.  
 “Over the last number of years, Dublin City’s small business community has championed economic growth and job creation. LEO Dublin City Enterprise 2016 Award winner Nobó (Ireland’s first non dairy ice cream), developed by Brian and Rachel Nolan, is just one example of the type of business that is contributing to the success of our capital city at a local level. Through the National Enterprise Awards, we can celebrate their achievements and showcase our local business success stories at a national level” said Greg Swift, Head of Enterprise, LEO Dublin City.
The announcement of finalists was made at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Dublin by Minister Mitchell O’Connor, accompanied by Kieran Comerford of the Local Enterprise Offices, Mark Christal of Enterprise Ireland, Paul Reid, Chair of Local Government Economic Enterprise and Tourism Committee and last year’s overall winner, Linda Nolan of MyBio.
MyBio supplies specialist products and technologies to the life sciences sector and other former winners have included Irish Yoghurts, Innovate, Grouse Recording Studios, Simtech Aviation and Design Pro.
Updates and the full list of finalists is available through and by following #NEAwards16 on social media.
Image of Dublin City’s Local Enterprise Award winners, Brian and Rachel Nolan of Nobó, representing Dublin City in the 2016 National Enterprise Awards available at
For further information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170,
Local Enterprise Office Dublin City on (01) 2225611
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Nobó Ltd launched it’s first product, ‘Frozen Goodness’, a premium, delicious, alternative to dairy ice cream, into the Irish market in December 2013 and is now stocked in over 400 stores around Ireland. The company began exporting to the UAE and UK during 2015 where it is stocked in a total of 400 stores. Further export is planned for the coming year.
Ireland’s first dairy-free ice cream is aimed at adults looking for an alternative for health and wellness reasons, in addition to the growing food intolerance market. While the product itself is at its core nutritious and healthy, Nobó’s ‘Frozen Goodness’ also focuses on using innovative and interesting ingredients to deliver a gratifying and pleasurable taste experience. In September 2014, it was judged as one of the top 50 foods in the UK and Ireland at the Great Taste Awards in London where it received 3 Gold Stars and in November 2015 Nobó won Bord Bia’s Innovation Award at the Food and Drinks Award.