Darren O'Sullivan of Complete Calibrations - a finalist in the 2021 National Enterprise Awards - pictured in their labs, Little Island, Co Cork. (Picture: Clare Keogh)

An initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEO), this year’s National Enterprise Awards take place virtually this Thursday, February 11th and will celebrate small enterprises, recognising excellence in exporting, sustainability and innovation, with eight regional awards and an overall National Enterprise Awards winner.

Finalists are selected by Local Enterprise Offices across Ireland and Cork business Complete Calibrations Ltd will represent Cork County Council’s LEO South Cork at the 2021 Awards, competing against 29 other finalists for a prize fund totalling €50,000.

This year sees the addition of two new categories to reflect the business environment of 2020. The ‘Pivot Award’ will be presented to a company who has successfully pivoted their business in the face of challenging conditions in the last 12 months. The ‘Brexit Ready Award’ will be presented to a company who has excelled in preparation for Brexit.

Founded in 2006 by Darren O’Sullivan BSc (Hons), Complete Calibrations Ltd is an award-winning ISO17025 accredited calibration company, specialising in the calibration and supply of test weights to all industries.

Located in a specialised premises in Little Island, the employment of a second full time technician allowed the company to grow their products and services.

Darren was able to design a robust industrial thermometer for the Irish and overseas markets with the help of Cork County Council’s LEO South Cork, as well as design and build a wireless temperature monitoring system that is currently in final stages of testing.

The first Design and Build Robotic Mass Comparators to calibrate test weights is now available, with a further three models launching globally later this year.

Wishing all finalists well, Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey commented: “Cork County Council’s Local Enterprise Offices strive to support our indigenous industries and promote entrepreneurship.

“Supporting and mentoring the talent here in County Cork is fundamental to a resilient economy and to driving job creation and our LEOs provide top-class supports.

“Complete Calibrations Ltd is a remarkably successful model of growth and I wish them continued success.

“Whether or not they win on the night, finalists in the National Enterprise Awards are well positioned to follow in the footsteps of the success stories that have gone before them, like Pestle & Mortar, Simtech Aviation and Terra NutriTech.”