A woman who has commenced a new but growing entrant into the Irish whiskey market was last night named Tipperary’s best young entrepreneur for 2016.
At an awards ceremony in Nenagh, Jennifer Nickerson, a qualified Chartered Accountant, with an MA hons in Business and Accounting, received the prestigious award, having already been awarded a €15,000 investment as the best start up business in the County.
Jennifer, with two others started Tipperary Boutique Distillery, a business which recently received planning permission to establish a distillery on Ballindoney farm in Cahir. The long-term aim of the business is to produce an Irish whiskey exclusively from Tipperary barley and Tipperary water, distilled and matured in Tipperary.
The award for the best new idea (not yet established) went to Loughmore native, Paddy Moynihan, who received an investment of €7,000 for his business Unibooks, an online portal created to facilitate 3rd level students to buy, rent and sell academic literature to and from one another.
The best established business award, with a €15,000 investment, went to Andy Spillane of Savvy Kitchens, based in Thurles.