Standún Spiddal, the unique destination store is a finalist in this year’s Small Firms Association national business awards. The winners will be announced at a gala event in Dublin in March 2014 and the awards will be presented by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Offering a wide variety of quality Irish goods, including fashion lines, pottery, crystal, and more. With a small café offering home baked goodies and panoramic views, Standún is more than just a shop, it is the entrance to the heart of Connemara.
Cliona Standún, granddaughter of Donal Standún, the founder of Standún, is now at the helm, managing the everyday running of the store, as well as travelling all over the world on buying trips. The business has been in the family for more than 60 years and for three generations. ”We are delighted to be a finalist in the Services section of the SFA awards.” said Cliona Standún manager at Standún. “This has been a landmark year for
Standún following our recent top 50 award for the best store in Ireland by Retail Excellence.’ Standún has grown welcomes almost 20,000 visitors a year to their 11-acre site, from local schools to visitors from all over the world. ‘
The aim of the SFA awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to Irish industry.
There are six categories of awards for established businesses and an Emerging New Business award for companies less than two years old.
Standún as many accolades, the store was recommended in many guidebooks as well as winning the Wall Street Journal Award for the best place to buy an Aran Sweater online.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, who is Patron of the Awards, said that: “I am delighted to support the SFA awards. Small firms don’t just provide invaluable jobs in our economy, they act as the financial heartbeat of our communities, playing a fundamental role in rebuilding our economy.”