Patrick Joy, founder and chairman of Suretank, a global leader in the supply of cargo carrying units to the offshore oil and gas industry, has been awarded the highly prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Ireland.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award is considered the world’s most prestigious business award and is held in more than 140 cities and in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Recognised as one of the companies that has significantly contributed to creating jobs and opportunities in today’s challenging market, Suretank is the world’s largest manufacturer of cargo-carrying units for the offshore oil and gas industry. Its customer base includes most of the leading service, rental, exploration and production companies in the offshore industry.

The company has been bullish on the international stage, expanding significantly through a well-established and growing network of operating locations situated to provide first class supply and customer service.

Suretank chairman Patrick Joy, commenting on the award win said, “I am extremely proud to have won such a highly acclaimed award, it really is a reflection of the hard work and commitment of all Suretank’s employees.  Without them, the business would not be where it is today.”

Our company has come a long way since its inception less than twenty years ago and is now a global supplier with design, manufacturing and sales facilities located across the world.”

The EY award covers 94% of the global economy and is continuing to grow. Frank O’Keeffe, Partner-in-Charge of EY Entrepreneur of The Year said, “This year’s programme was centred on encouraging entrepreneurs to think globally and scale their ambitions for their respective companies.”

In a message to aspiring entrepreneurs, Patrick said, “You have to have ambition. You have to believe in yourself. No matter what you do in business, you’re going to have knockbacks.”

Patrick will now go on to participate in the World Entrepreneur of The Year awards held in Monte Carlo in June 2014.

Suretank products are found worldwide, including the North Sea, West Africa, Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Caspian, Sakhalin Sea, India, Australia, Middle East and the Far East. Its product range includes chemical and acid tanks, helifuel tanks, offshore containers, baskets, mudskips and cryogenic tanks.

Suretank has design and manufacturing facilities in Ireland, UK, Poland, Thailand and China as well as sales offices in USA, Norway, UK, Australia and Brazil.