Galway business woman is named among Ireland’s Entrepreneurs of the Year

Evelyn O’Toole of CLS, winner of the EY Industry Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017.
Evelyn O’Toole of CLS, winner of the EY Industry Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017.

A Galway woman – who set up her own business 23 years ago when a fire at her previous employers led to her losing her job – has now been honoured as one of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs.

Clifden woman Evelyn O’Toole established Complete Laboratory Solutions in 1994 after she had been made redundant from her role, heading up the scientific testing side of a fish smoking plant in Carna, before it burned down.

But her career and her company have since gone from strength to strength – and last week she was announced as winner of the Industry Category at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

The founder and CEO of CLS was honoured in front of more than 1,500 of Ireland’s business leaders at the gala event in City West, seeing off the seven other entrepreneurs shortlisted.

“I was competing against great entrepreneurs in this category so I’m absolutely thrilled to have won the Industry EY Entrepreneur of the Year accolade,” she said afterwards.

“It’s been a fantastic journey for me since setting up CLS in 1994 to where I’m at today as an entrepreneur, scientist and businesswoman.

“This is a tremendous recognition for me, and for all the team at CLS, and I want to take this opportunity to thank the judges for voting for me and the team at EY, as its’ been an incredible experience to be part of,” she added.

CLS was set up by Evelyn O’Toole in 1994 and has two facilities in Galway – CLS in Ros Muc and CLS MedPharma on the Tuam Road in the city, between them employing 140 staff.

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