MBTA: Who will take home the best local business award?

National Safety Training Network Ltd.


Nationwide Safety Training is a Dunboyne-based health and safety training and consulting company, with clients located across the country. Founded in 2016 with one part-time employee, the company has grown to four full-time employees plus several contract trainers.

It offers over 100 safety courses and services to a wide range of clients across multiple industries, including construction, industry, manufacturing, pharmacy, healthcare, child care, offices and services.

2021 has been a busy year for National Safety Training as it hired a new full-time employee, purchased its own premises in Dunboyne and refurbished them to create a top-notch office and training environment.

It is also on track to have its best selling year ever and now, to top it off, it has been shortlisted for a Meath Business Award.

Lessons learned from the past 18 months

Resilience is the key word that resonates with the business as it looks back over the past 12-18 months. He had a very steep learning curve, like many businesses, as his business literally collapsed in March 2021.

Management spent the early stages of the pandemic wondering what they were going to do to survive.

A positive milestone for the pandemic over the past 18 months is that it gave management the opportunity to step back and take a look at the business, helping to understand what was working and what was not, and this in turn helped the team adapt and re-evaluate their offering and moved much of their business online.

As a result, the company not only survived the pandemic, but indeed flourished.

Robo Apply Ltd.


Robo Apply Ltd. was established in Moyfeigher, Ballivor in September 2019. It manufactures custom label printer applicators, for the packaging and pharmaceutical industries. Work to date has included machines to label chest seal units (trunk), printer cartridges, dietary supplements, apple pies, recycled plastic, artificial hips, robot integration and l ‘high-speed labeling of packaged products.

The factory is equipped with milling machines and a lathe for manufacturing parts. All its machines are CE certified. The controls are mainly Siemens, and software driven, by Total Integrated Automation (TIA). His latest machine prints a label using a ZE500 print engine and blows it onto a box.

Given his role as a critical business and working only with pharmaceutical companies, owner Daniel Spaight points out that Rabo Apply has had a very busy few years.

Lessons learned from the past 18 months

The Covid 19 pandemic has given Robo Apply the opportunity to improve the plant and the components of its product. At that time, she also developed a machine for applying double adhesive to mems (Micro Electric Mechanical Sensors). The company is the only original equipment

Manufacturer (OEM) of label applicators in Ireland and had a very successful period during Covid 19. It has shown great resilience and

CalX Instrumentation Services Ltd.


CalX began operations in June 2019 with 14 employees following the merger of two former Meath companies. Today it has 42 employees and continues to expand across the island of Ireland and beyond. The Kells-based company provides calibration management to customers in regulated manufacturing industries.

She works with clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device manufacturing, dairy and food processing, and general manufacturing industries.

It is the largest NSAI approved fuel pump tester on forecourt across Ireland.

Its growth has been significant over the past two and a half years and the quality of its staff and management teams has been key to this growth. It has teams of technicians working across Ireland with a strong emphasis on training the next generation.

It currently has 10 apprentices registered in the Instrumentation, Electrical Instrumentation, Accounting Technician and Commercial programs. We also work closely with TUD Blanchardstown and have students enrolled in a course training the next generation of technicians for calibration jobs.

Lessons learned from the past 18 months

CalX and most of its customers are classified as essential services. As with all businesses, the pandemic was difficult, but the main challenge was to provide the same level of service while following the rules, protecting the health of employees and customers, and keeping the business running smoothly. The overwhelmingly positive responses it has received from NPS customer surveys conducted over the past 12 months show that it has achieved this goal. Day-to-day operation presented specific challenges.

To address customer concerns, the engineering teams were split into pods that operated independently with little to no contact with other CalX team members outside of their pod.

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