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2023 Winners

Celebrating the 2023 winners

Here’s the full list of award winners in the 2023 Irish Business Design Challenge

The prizes

The winners received €15,000 each and runners-up won €2,000 each, as well as free publicity and promotion, in recognition of the innovative and imaginative ways they are meeting the sustainability challenge.

Micro category

Westcountry willows

2023 micro category winners Westcountry willows is run by Kate and Alan Burrows who are full time basket and willow coffin makers and teachers. Since early 2023 they have started making natural willow coffins.


They create baskets and crafts using the materials that grow around them, including the willow they grow ourselves on their own land, and they offer workshops to teach these traditional techniques.

Common Knowledge

Common Knowledge, the 2023 micro category runner-up, was co-founded by Spider Hickman, Fionn Kidney, Erin McClure, and Harrison Gardner.


“We believe that by coming together to share basic skills, create useful resources, and connect as a community, we can bring more affordable, sustainable, and joyful homes into our lives—and hopefully also have a little craic along the way!”


Programmes such as the Irish Business Design Challenge shine a light on the innate creativity and innovation of Irish MSMEs. The last few years have taught businesses to be flexible and adapt quickly, which has been proven through this year’s Irish Business Design Challenge winners.

Neale Richmond

TD, Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Small category

Medium category

This award proves, both internally and externally, that we are believers in sustainability. We want to become part of the circular economy, we want to reuse, repurpose and if necessary recycle.

Paul Farrell

Chief Executive, Farrell Furniture