A LOCAL business, Twelve Cows Art Limited TA Rynhart Bronze from Glengarriff has been short-listed for the ‘Your Business on Irish TV’ competition, which gives small businesses the opportunity to get their products on television for the first time.

The competition has a €60,000 prize fund and is a new joint initiative between Shopping from Home, a home shopping series aired on RTÉ, and the County and City Enterprise Boards.

Twelve Cows Art Limited TA Rynhart Bronze, which is run by Audrey & Les Elliott, was nominated by the West Cork Enterprise Board.

In all, 20 small businesses from around the country have been short-listed for the six top prizes, which are monthly presentation packages on Shopping from Home worth €10,000 each.

Each of the six winning companies will be given a monthly platform to promote and sell their products and services directly to viewers on television, for the very first time.

“This is the first joint competition of its kind in Ireland,” said Kathy Hoffman, Series Producer and Presenter of Shopping From Home.

“In collaboration with the County and City Enterprise Boards, we’re seeking home-grown businesses which can offer clever, innovative and affordable products to Irish viewers.

“We want our winners to be able to capitalise on the added exposure that this opportunity can give them and their businesses.

“If ever there was a need to Buy Irish it is now. We want everyone in Ireland to get behind this initiative, support these worthy winners by buying their product and service and helping them develop ,” she added.

Michael Hanley Chief Executive Officer from the West Cork Enterprise Board said, “Getting their products and services in front of consumers can open new doors for small businesses, giving them access to new marketplaces.

“This kind of unique opportunity can help small businesses grow and expand, potentially leading to job creation locally. We’d like to wish our local nominees in particular, the very best of luck in the judging process in the weeks ahead.”