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Local businesses to vie for Louth Business Awards

Knead Artisan Bakery, Ardee. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Three Ardee-based businesses have made the shortlist for the Louth Business Awards, which will take place at the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala Dinner next month.

Knead Artisan Bakery, Simply Fit Food and Smarmore Castle Private Clinic have all been nominated across three different categories in the awards.


Knead, which formerly had an outlet in Dunleer and opened it’s doors in Ardee in May 2016, is one of four businesses nominated in the Best New Business (Under 5 Years) category. The joint management team of entrepreneurs Rosemary Fahy and Marie Keenan are no strangers to Ardee – they bake all of their goods on site in the town, at the North East Food Hub facilities at Ardee Business Park.

Rosemary, from Blackrock, and Marie, who hails from Castlebellingham, combine over 60 years international experience as chefs, having worked for leading restaurants across Europe.

They are joined in that category by Ardee-based Simplt Fit Food, who are also based at the North East Food Hub in the town. The start-up has enjoyed tremendous success since launching last year. The company, run by Evelyn Garland and Luke Judge, provides customised nourishing, healthy meals and snacks – all delivered straight to their customers doors – meaning that fast food doesn’t have to be junk food and there’s no excuse not to opt for the healthy option.

Earlier this year, the duo appeared on RTE’s Dragon’s Den but did not get the investment they were seeking.

The final local business in nominated is Smarmore Castle Private Clinic. Operated by the Castle Craig company, the alcohol and drug rehabilitation and treatment centre is run by Peter and Dr Margaret McCann, and is their first clinic open in Ireland, having run successful clinics in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

The husband and wife duo are two of the UK’s leading experts in the field of addiction treatment. The clinic attracts patients from the UK and other European countries using an EU law which enables EU citizens to exercise a right to treatment in another EU country, with the treatment being funded by their home medical system.

They are nominated in the Best Emerging Business category, alongside others such as CX+ Sport and Sync IT.

Just like last year, the list of nominees is nominated by Dundalk-based business. In 2016, Dooley’s Restaurant was the only local business nominated across 16 categories. The Louth Business Awards take place as part of the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala on Saturday October 21st in the Carrickdale Hotel Dundalk with tickets on sale now. They are priced at €50 per person plus VAT, including a champagne reception, four course meal with wine and dancing through the night with music from Sugartown Road.

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