CEO Brendan Ennis named ‘Ambassador of the Year’

Chief Executive of Wexford Enterprise Association, Brendan Ennis, was recently named ‘Ambassador of the Year’ at the 2022 County Wexford Business Awards hosted by County Wexford Chamber of Commerce at a Gala ceremony held last Friday evening in Clayton Whites Hotel Wexford.

The ‘Ambassador of the Year’ Award, sponsored by Zurich, is a new award that celebrates individuals who have made valuable contributions to the development of the business, community, social and/or environmental landscape of County Wexford, on a region, national or international level.

The award came as a complete surprise. Accepting the award on the night Brendan said, “I’d like to sincerely thank County Wexford Chamber of Commerce for reminding us of the importance that person-to-person contact has in our lives. The County Wexford Business Awards is testament to that. It is great to meet so many old friends again and make some new ones as well. I’m honoured to accept the Business Ambassador award on behalf of all the Wexford Enterprise Association team, without whom none of what we do would be possible. 

While this award recognises recent and past achievements, I will use the award over the next twelve months to continue to promote Co Wexford as a premium business and lifestyle location and highlight Co Wexford businesses both home and abroad.  Wexford Enterprise Association’s goal under the Chairmanship of Eleanor White, her Board and myself, is to open new international channels and networks for both Wexford and Southeast based companies by building on recent visits by Pat Wilson and his team from the Georgia Department of Economic Development as well as His Excellency, Akhilesh Mishra, Indian Ambassador to Ireland. In addition, we are ramping up our activities in relation to the development of the relationship between Co Wexford and the Southeast with Savannah and Southeast Georgia through our shared international Tradebridge Program.”

Georgia Southern University (GSU) is currently opening their first International Education Hub in Wexford town and students, staff and a group of past students are currently in Wexford. Commenting on the presentation of this award, Dr Howard Keely, Director for Irish Research and Teaching at GSU congratulated Brendan and stated, “I am thrilled to see Brendan getting recognition for his dynamism, vision and work ethic that has been critical to the success of the Wexford – Savannah relationship.”

Brendan Ennis has been at the helm of Wexford Enterprise Association for more than 25 years and oversees the Social Enterprise, Social Advancement and Entrepreneurial Development divisions of the organisation which comprises Wexford Enterprise Centre (WEC), one of Ireland’s first and largest Enterprise Centres, Datagroup, a national supplier of document management services, Recycling 2000, manufacturers of animal bedding products made from recycled newspaper and TradeBridge, a Regional Development Programme connecting the regions of Southeast Ireland and South East Georgia, USA.