Crest Solutions wins €40,000 prize in 'Payback' Competition

Crest Solutions Irish Jobs Engineering payback win

The Crest Solutions entry was selected by judges, among stiff competition from 68 other companies across Ireland. 

We are delighted to announce that Crest Solutions has won the top prize of €40,000 in’s ‘Payback' Competition.

The competition asked entrants to outline how a recent hire through had helped to improve and grow their business.

Frank Madden is the founder and CEO of Crest Solutions, a leading provider of automated vision inspection and anti-counterfeiting solutions for the pharmaceutical packaging industry that currently employs 87 people in Ireland.

Madden said that hiring a dedicated Trainer through had helped the business invest in a programme of continuous professional development and has positioned the company for continued growth:

“As a direct result of the Irish Jobs hire, we were able to transform our internal and external training capabilities with a dedicated programme. Our team and customers now benefit from highly focused skillsets, specific training and Subject Matter Experts as standard when working with Crest Solutions.” 

Stringent process with prestigious judges

The submission won over the judging panel, which included Sunday Independent business correspondent Gavin McLoughlin; Jane Lorigan, European CEO of parent company Saongroup; and Safann Mac Carthy, European Marketing Director at Saongroup.

Orla Moran, General Manager at, said:

“We were delighted to receive so many excellent entries in our Payback Competition. Ireland’s thriving, high-value STEM sector was particularly well-represented. This is positive news as the country continues to establish itself as a global leader in tech and engineering.

“Crest Solutions demonstrated this drive, and their ambition to continue to grow their business, upskill staff and create additional high-quality jobs in Cork impressed the judging panel. We offer Mr Madden and the rest of his team our congratulations and continued success in business.”

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