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Harry Hughes heads to Monaco for Entrepreneur finals


MONACO BOUND Harry Hughes will be rubbing shoulders with the world’s leading businessmen in Monaco this week.

Westport’s Harry Hughes of Portwest, winner of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ireland, will travel to Monaco tomorrow, Wednesday, June 13, for the 18th EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
Mr Hughes will be among winners representing more than 50 countries to compete for the world title and cement their legacy by entering the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame, joining more than 700 previous finalists of the event since 2001. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on the evening of Saturday, June 16 at Salle des Étoiles.
Kevin McLoughlin, Partner Lead for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme in Ireland, said: “Harry is an incredible example to Irish people. He has worked tirelessly to grow an incredibly successful business. Throughout the years, Portwest has remained a family business, committed to its hometown, Westport. He has set incredible growth targets for the company over the next decade and given the past performance, it is likely he will achieve them. This competition is a chance for Irish entrepreneurs to be recognised among the world’s best.”
Speaking ahead of the trip, Harry Hughes commented: “I am very excited to be representing Westport and Ireland on the world stage. I was hugely honoured to win the Irish EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award last October against some stiff competition. Since becoming involved in the programme, I have been able to tap into the Alumni network, which has been extremely valuable. When my brothers and I got involved in the family business it was a very different and it will continue to evolve as we grow. I am looking forward to representing Westport and Ireland, competing in Monaco and seeing what I can learn from the other entrepreneurs to bring back to Portwest.”

A full list of speakers, panelists and the almost 50 country winners competing this year is available at www.ey.com/weoy.