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Zeus founder Brian O’Sullivan named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2021

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Zeus founder Brian O’Sullivan named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2021

Zeus founder Brian O’Sullivan named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2021
November 30
10:06 2021
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Brian O’Sullivan (pictured), Chairman and founder of Irish-owned global packaging company Zeus, has been named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2021. Brian O’Sullivan founded Zeus in 1998 and has built it into a global packaging force with a turnover of €300 million and a staff of 670 people in 26 countries. As well as picking up the overall award, Brian O’Sullivan also won the International category.

Speaking on his win, Brian O’Sullivan said: “I am deeply honoured to be named EY Entrepreneur of the Year, and humbled to be chosen from a field of candidates who have impressed and inspired me so much throughout the competition.

“Entrepreneurship is about hard work and dedication, but also about collaboration. This win recognises the effort and drive of everyone at Zeus as we build it into one of Europe’s largest privately-owned packaging companies. We have set ambitious goals which we consistently surpass, allowing us to double our turnover in the last five years.

“As with many industries, the last 18 months have brought challenges we could never have predicted. By working closely with our customers and leveraging our expertise and experience, we have adapted to new market realities. Our goal now is to bring our turnover to €500 million in the next five years, by prioritising innovation, people and sustainability.”

Earlier this year, Zeus completed a €40 million, two-year programme of strategic acquisitions as well as the subsequent acquisition of Limerick Packaging in October 2021.

Other Awards

David Henderson the Managing Director of Tobermore is the 2021 EOY Industry Entrepreneur of the Year. Tobermore was founded in 1942 and manufactures high quality paving products. David Henderson joined the company in 1976 and became Manging Director in 1987.  Since then, Tobermore has focused on business excellence agenda to underpin its growth and development across the island of Ireland and into the UK. It employs more than 400 people and produces 8.5m concrete products annually. Tobermore intends to double sales in the UK in the coming four years and sales this year are up 40 per cent and continue to grow.

Aimee Connolly, founder and CEO of Sculpted By Aimee is the 2021 EOY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. Upon graduating from university with first class honours, Aimee wanted to combine her degree and her love of makeup, which led to Sculpted By Aimee being born a year later, in 2016. Aimee also began teaching about makeup and later went on to found her own certified academy in 2017. Sculpted By Aimee has seen massive growth over the past 5 years, and are on track to accomplish revenues of €8 million in 2021. It has established itself as a leading cosmetics brand on the island of Ireland and further afield.

Each year EY also presents a Special Award to individuals who have made a significant contribution to life on the island of Ireland through their vision, innovation and commitment to excellence. This year, the prestigious honour was awarded to Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights who is now leading a global campaign to tackle the climate crisis we face.

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