Veronica Molloy T/a Crossogue Preserves, Ballycahill was announced as the overall winner of the 2009 National Enterprise Awards County Competition while this year’s Runner-up was Lyncare Systems Ltd, C/o Gordon and Andrea Lynch, Unit 3, Shannonside Business Park, Birdhill. The winners were announced at a lunch time prize giving ceremony held at the Peppermill Restaurant, Nenagh on Thursday 1 October organised by the Tipperary County Enterprise Board.
This prestigious County competition carried a prize fund of €3,000 together with Louise Kennedy crystal awards and certificates of achievement. The County winners, Crossogue Preserves received a cheque for €1,500 and will now advance to represent North Tipperary in the National competition to be held in Dublin Castle on 10 November next. Lyncare Systems Ltd were awarded a cash prize of €1,000 in addition to the crystal award.
The competition was introduced in 1997 by the County & City Enterprise Boards to recognise the contribution that small enterprises make to Ireland’s economic development and to acknowledge their role in building a vibrant and successful indigenous business sector. The competition is open to all small firms that have received financial support from the County or City Enterprise Boards in the past. This year’s awards were presented by Matt Shortt, Director of Services, North Tipperary County Council, the new Chairperson of the Tipperary North County Enterprise Board. Rita Guinan, the Enterprise Board CEO acted as MC for the event which was attended by Board Directors, members of the Evaluation Committee, business interests and media. Last year’s Winner and Runner-up were also present.
Mr Ed Field, Digino Marketing Ltd, who won the 2008 competition recounted his experience and detailed the benefits that winning brought to his company in terms of free PR and the “opening of doors” with bodies such as Enterprise Ireland, Irish Ferries and Ryan Air etc. Mr Field stated that “it is fantastic when someone on the outside recognises that you are trying to do a great job as an owner / manager as generally we tend to be focused on internal operations”. Marian Murphy Cooney the well known local Fashion Designer and the 2008 Runner-up was also in attendance.
The winning entries were selected by independent adjudicators, Brian Keating, Shannon Development and Tom O’Keeffe of Bank of Ireland. At National level the Competition carries a prize fund worth in excess of €20,000 and the winning companies gain invaluable press coverage and acclaim.
Previous county winners included: 2008 – Digino Marketing Ltd, Ballina and 2007 – Cooleeney Farmhouse Cheese, Moyne Thurles who both made it into the top 8 firms in the Country. Other winners down through the years included John Cavanagh, T/a Friary Iron Works, Nenagh, Soap Opera Ltd, Nenagh; QA Resources, Brenwood Products Ltd., Hennessy Engineering Works, The Manor Nursing Home, Tipperary Garden Peat, Tipperary Wood Products and Mackey Plant.
Profile of the winners
T/a Crossogue Preserves,
Veronica Molloy was born and raised in Kenya before training as a nurse in England. After Veronica’s marriage to Tony in 1967 she relocated to Ireland and set-up home at Crossogue House, a mixed farm where all the fruit and vegetables used in the preserves were grown. Veronica was taught how to make preserves by her mother-in-law Nancy Molloy and many of the recipes used today are family recipes passed down through the generations. Busy raising six children, initially jam making was little more than a hobby producing preserves for local stores and country markets but as new recipes evolved and demand grew, larger commercial stores started to take an interest.
Simplicity combined with superiority is the key. All preserves are made using traditional cooking methods using the highest quality ingredients and produced in small batches by hand to maximise control procedures and taste; no artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives are used. Although this means that production is labour intensive it results in a unique and distinctive flavour. This continuing dedication aimed at producing a superior product has brought success in the shape of Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards for the past ten years at the prestigious Guild of Fine Food Fair held in London. In July 2007 Crossogue Preserves won 5 Gold medals in London and a fêted Bridgestone Award and was also appointed as supplier of preserves to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel at Powerscourt. In 2008 Crossogue won the top award – 3* Gold – for their lemon Curd and 2* Gold – for their Old Irish Thick Cut Marmalade and this was followed up by with a Gold Award for 2009 for their Cranberry Jelly.
Crossogue Preserves is a family owned operation with an experienced and dedicated team whose aim is to produce quality products with efficiency and offers excellent customer service. However it is Veronica who is the driving force behind the company, which currently provides employment for herself and one other on a full time basis and four additional part time staff. The business currently supplies retail outlets nationally in addition to a number of hotels, restaurants and gift shops. Additionally their products are stocked in outlets in Belfast, London and Brussels.
In recent times Crossogue Preserves has taken an exotic turn with the launch of a series of new products – hot red pepper jelly, banana chutney, and banana and rum jam – inspired by Veronica’s trip to Tanzania last September with the Playing for Life Charity.
Veronica’s mission was to share her preserve-making skills with a class of 14 Tanzanian women, using fruit and vegetables grown locally. As well as the three recipes which have gone into production in Ireland, Molloy and her group made sweet potato jam, mango and passion fruit jam, melon and lime jam, and lots of exotic fruit chutneys.
Crossogue Preserves has just launched in the United States. Veronica was one of a group of Tipperary based businesses who travelled to the Irish Fest in Milwaukee to showcase their products. The event was an invaluable market research exercise as Veronica came into direct contact with consumers and received feedback from upwards of 150,000 people over the four days of the event. The result is that Crossogue Preserves has just received their first order in America and is in the process of appointing a distributor there.
Crossogue Preserves is an excellent example of how a small business can grow over time into a commercial success story.
Lyncare Systems Ltd.
C/o Gordon & Andrea Lynch
Shannonside Bus Park
Lyncare Systems Ltd was set up in 2007 as a response to the need within the healthcare sector to decontaminate patient equipment, to allow customers to reuse items with a number of patients and at the same time reduce the risk of spreading acquired infections, such as MRSA.
The company came about through an understanding of the issues that faced Irish Healthcare Facilities in relation to infection control. In recent times much has been written and said about the crisis in the Irish Healthcare Services particularly in relation to hospital associated infections. Since 2007, Lyncare Ltd has been investigating the market for cleaning and disinfecting patient equipment so that it can be reused without fear of cross contamination. As a result Lyncare Systems Ltd has been established to offer a service cleaning and maintaining patient equipment for the HSE.
The service is offered to Community Care departments, Primary Care Teams, Homecare Teams, hospitals and nursing homes and involves Lyncare Systems collecting patient equipment such as wheel chairs, beds, mattresses, bath boards and seats, chairs, stools etc from end users or a central store, transporting these items to the central service facility in Birdhill, wash, disinfect and maintain the equipment and then return the clean decontaminated items to the customers central store or directly to the end user. The service now provided by Lyncare Systems was fully supported by TNCEB by means of a Capital grant in 2007.
Allowing 11 months from initial concept for setup and relocation to new premises Lyncare Systems opened it doors to provide the first decontamination of patient equipment in February 2008.
Lyncare Systems Ltd and its sister company Lyncare are owned and managed by Gordon and Andrea Lynch. Gordon Lynch is a graduate of the University of Limerick with a Bachelor of Technology in Electronic Manufacturing. He started his career as a Product Engineer with NTS Computer Systems in Shannon where he worked as a Product Engineer liaising between R&D and Manufacturing. In 2000, he moved to Schaffner where he worked until 2002 at which time having completed a Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurial Management in UL he took the position of Engineering Manager with Chameleon Colour Systems in Tuam Co. Galway. He left this position in 2004 to set up Lyncare Ltd.
Andrea Lynch is a qualified Registered General Nurse and worked initially in the Midwestern Regional Hospital and then in Beaumont Hospital before going to Australia during which time she worked a private agency nurse. In 1999, she joined Evans Medical Supplies Ltd initially as a Sales Representative, working her way up to the position of Sales and Marketing Manager. In 2004 she left to form Lyncare Ltd with her husband Gordan.
The company currently employs 9 full time staff and have plans to grow the business into the future. Gordan and Andrea would like to expand the business to have a second decontamination facility in Leinster and to be the leading decontamination provider in the healthcare sector in Ireland.