A COMPANY developed by two West Clare men has won its second award in less than four months.

Trazoo.ie is the brainchild of Kilmurry McMahon’s Pádraig and Joe Neylon, and last week the company was awarded the overall winner of the New Frontiers programme funded by Enterprise Ireland.

The uncle and nephew team were chosen as one of 14 out of 140 applications to take part in the entrepreneur development programme at GMIT last year.

Of the 14 that took part, Trazoo was one of the seven that went forward for the award sponsored by KPMG.

The West Clare entrepreneurs were surprised when it was announced that they had won the overall prize worth €10,000 – €5,000 in cash and €5,000 in consultancy fees with KPMG.

“It was a bit of a shock. The standard was very high to be honest. I didn’t think we were in with a shot,” said Pádraig.

“Obviously the judges saw potential in the business.

“Our previous participation in the Ennis Innovative Programme was a great help leading into the Enterprise programme,” he added.

Last November Trazoo won the prestigious eircom Spider Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Award.

The site allows those wishing to make group bookings to fill out an enquiry form with information of where they would like to go, and Trazoo allows hotels and hostels to bid for that booking.

Trazoo also hosts a unique ‘Value Added’ section where hotels and hostels can offer or promote additional services like airport collections, free nite-club entry or meals as part of the offer.

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Claire Gallagher is a multi-award winning journalist with more than 15 years experience in media. The Galwegan began her career in radio working in news and current affairs. Having spent a year on the dark side – political PR and Spin – she returned to journalism and has since then worked mainly in print – regional and national – while continuing to work with the broadcast media. She has been with the Clare People since its foundation in 2005. She was awarded “Young Irish Medical Journalist of the Year” in June 2008 while working with the paper. Twitter @galocon Facebook ClaireGallagherClarePeople

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