A Co. Galway health food business has won the top prize of €10,000 cash in the SCCUL Enterprise Awards. The winner was announced at the annual SCCUL Enterprise Awards prize giving ceremony and business expo which was hosted by NUI Galway in the Bailey Allen Hall, NUIG on Thursday 29th January. Inspired by the rapidly growing global trends of health and wellness, NUA Naturals supplies and distributes high quality health food in Ireland and the UK while also sourcing raw ingredients internationally which are then packaged and distributed under the NUA brand name. Established in 2011, NUA Naturals currently employs 11 people at their base in Westside, Galway. The company entered the UK market last year and has plans to increase their reach internationally over the next 18 months. NUA Naturals’ Niall Fennell and Hilary Foley were presented with their prize by Padraig O’ Callaghan, Chairman of St. Columba’s Credit Union Galway, and John Lenihan, Chairman of SCCUL Enterprises who jointly sponsored the winner’s prize. Speaking at the event, Mr. Fennell said that he was honored and delighted to receive this award, “Entering the SCCUL Awards has been an incredible experience for us. It has allowed us to take a step back and really look at our business. We will invest our award back into our business to help us take our business to the next level,” said Mr. Fennell.
NUA Naturals also receives a €2500 advertising package from local media sponsor Galway Independent and a specially commissioned sculpture by Galway based sculptor, Liam Butler. In addition to claiming the overall prize NUA Naturals won the SCCUL Enterprise Agriculture & Food Award. NUA Naturals was selected as the overall winner in the SCCUL Enterprise Awards by a judging panel which included Norah Casey, former RTE Dragon & publishing entrepreneur; Barry Egan Director, West Region Enterprise Ireland; Hannah Kiely CEO, HC Financial Advisors Ltd; Harry Hughes, Managing Director, Port West and Dr. Emer Mulligan, Head of J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway. The judging panel was chaired by Declan Dooley, Managing Director Galway Independent.