Bray based Megazyme reaches the final of Europe’s largest business awards

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A Bray based business has reached the final of Europe’s largest business awards.

Having recently achieved success at a National level for the RSM Entrepreneur of the year in Europe, Megazyme CEO Prof. Barry McCleary has now been named as one of the finalists, and Ruban d’Honneur recipients, in the 2016/17 European Business Awards sponsored by RSM.

Megazyme is delighted to have been selected as one of only 110 finalists announced after over 33,000 businesses engaged in the competition, chosen by a panel of independent judges due to our display of the core values of innovation, ethics and success.

Megazyme plays an invaluable role in contributing to food safety and quality control worldwide, offering an unparalleled range of products to meet the demand of a continuously evolving and highly competitive market. Our customers have come to rely on the unrivalled reliability of our assays and the high purity of our enzymes. Our analytical kits allow accurate measurement of quality parameters of cereals and other plant products, from the farm gate through to the final food product, whether that be bread, beer, wine or animal feeds.

The next step for Megazyme and each of the finalists, is to undertake an in depth face-to-face interview, and the overall winners of the 11 categories will be announced at a Gala Final on May 4th in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The European Business Awards was set up to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. Lead sponsor RSM, a provider of audit, tax and consulting services to middle market businesses globally, has supported the European Business Awards since its inception.

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said: “To survive in this economic climate is hard enough, so to innovate, prosper and grow as this year’s Ruban D’Honneur recipients have is truly remarkable. Europe needs more companies like these. Well done to them all.”


Dr Barry McCleary, who co-founded Megazyme in Australia in 1988 with Angela Kennedy, moved the company to Ireland in 1996 for personal and business reasons. For Megazyme , Ireland is the ideal place to be. The tax credits for research and development are brilliant – much better than in Australia , says Barry. He also finds the corporate tax rate great. With a lot of pre-planning, they transferred the business from Australia to Ireland over a weekend and didn’t lose any business.

Based in Bray, County Wicklow , the company has grown from very humble beginnings in a garage beside a house in Australia, building works are currently underway to house a training laboratory (for international visitors) as well as expanded production facilities. The company is growing rapidly and currently exports to over 90 countries”.


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