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Where there is smoke… there are Waxies!


Premier Fire Products, t/a Waxies, based in Silvermines, celebrate winning the County Enterprise Award 2022 promoted by Local Enterprise Office Tipperary. From left to right: Mary Ryan (Senior Business Development Officer, LEO Tipperary), Denis McGrath (Premier Fire Products), Rory Kinane (Premier Fire Products), Joe MacGrath (General Manager, Tipperary County Council), Willie Costello (Premier Fire Products), Celine Kinnane (LEO Tipperary).

Silvermines company wins company award for fire starter product

Last Monday at the council offices in Nenagh, Joe MacGrath, chief executive of Tipperary County Council, presented a £5,000 prize to the owners of ‘Waxies’, which started trading in 2014 and now employ four people at Tipperary.

The company will now qualify to represent Tipperary at this year’s National Enterprise Awards and are hoping to win a share of a total prize pool worth €35,000. The event takes place at the Mansion House in Dublin on June 2.

Premier Fire Products was established in 2014. They manufacture two products under the Waxie brand, BBQ lighters and Eco-friendly fire starter. Both products are made from recycled wax and sawdust, as the company states, both of their products “ignite the first time every time” and stay on for 20 minutes. The company mainly sells to a mix of hardware and agricultural stores with several outlets and retail stores in Ireland.

The unique features of the ‘Waxie’ product are that it is environmentally friendly, easy to use, works first time every time, odorless and odor free and has a low carbon footprint.

The National Enterprise Awards are celebrating their 22nd anniversary this year and were created to recognize the achievements and contribution of Irish small businesses. Previous county winners have attested to the value and benefits of winning, such as the extensive public relations, networking and connections, as well as the prestige, credibility and recognition attached to the awards.

The Tipperary Enterprise Awards took place as part of a highly successful Local Enterprise Week program of events. Local Business Week is currently underway and will run until March 11. Local Enterprise Office Tipperary has launched a series of exciting business events and initiatives which will take place online and in person during the week. The initiative invites local business owners/managers to learn, engage and network in person at events taking place across Tipperary.

There will also be some really interesting and timely topics discussed virtually, including financial clinics, cybersecurity for small businesses, a social media masterclass, an introduction to starting your own business, a very interesting workshop on talent and staff retention, an emerging issue for many existing businesses.


If you would like more information about the Local Enterprise Office and our available business support, go to www.localenterprise.ie/Tipperary or contact the Local Enterprise Office on 0818 065000.

Local Enterprise Week is organized annually by Local Enterprise Offices and supported by Enterprise Ireland, local authorities and the Irish Government.