Ulster Bank’ s Head of Business and Commercial Banking Ian Jordan (front centre)with UlsterBank BusinessAchieversAwards winners: Grainne McCullagh of Guardian 24 (front left) and Nishi Ward of Waste Systems Limited (front right). Secondrow – l-r: John Toner of Glantek, John McVeigh of Crossgar Foodservice and Elaine Gillespie of TG Eakin Ltd. Back row, L-R– Anne Walshof East Belfast Mission, Vicki McDwyer of Esker Lodge Nursing Home, Michael O’Donnell of Island Seafoods Ltd and Eleanor McEvoy of Budget Energy.
Ulster provincial winners of Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards revealed
The high achievement of entrepreneurial local companies has been celebrated at a prestigious awards event in Belfast.
Eight Ulster firms, including new businesses and successful exporters, have been presented with prizes in the provincial stage of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, run in association with Invest Northern Ireland and InterTradeIreland, and supported by the Belfast Telegraph.
Seven firms from across Northern Ireland and one from Donegal were on stage at Riddel Hall in Stranmillis (Queen’s University Belfast’s Executive Education Centre of which Ulster Bank is a member of the Founders Club) on Thursday (January 26th) to collect their awards in the Ulster final of the all-island scheme.
The Ulster winners are:
Start-Up Business Award: Budget Energy (Londonderry)
Innovation and Emerging Technology Award: Wastes Systems Limited (Omagh)
International Business Award: TG Eakin (Comber)
Agri-Food and Drink Award: Crossgar Foodservice (Downpatrick)
Social Entrepreneurship Award: East Belfast Mission (Belfast)
Family Run Business Award: Island Seafoods Ltd (Killybegs, Co Donegal)
Green Business Award: Glantek (Newtownabbey)
Service Business Award: Guardian 24 (Belfast)
A Judges Special Recognition Award was also presented to Esker Lodge Nursing Home from Cavan.
The Ulster winners will now go forward for all-island judging against provincial winners from Leinster, Munster and Connaught, with the all-island winners to be announced on April 19 at a gala event in Dublin.
Ulster Bank’sHead of Business and Commercial Banking,Ian Jordan, congratulated the Ulster winners.
He says: “There were some 400 entries to the awards this year, which in itself is encouraging. Even more pleasing is the high quality of many of the entries, including a large number of start-up and internationally-focused companies. Entries from the agri-food businesses were also very strong, which is not surprising given our vibrant agri-food sector in Northern Ireland.”
“There were however a number of Ulster businesses that stood out for particular recognition and we are delighted to present these eight companies with their awards today. We also wish them the very best of luck in the all-island stage of the scheme.”
Judges for the Ulster stage of the awards included Ian Jordan, Ulster Bank; Sam McIlveen, the Belfast Telegraph’s digital publisher, Liam Nellis of InterTradeIreland, Donal Durkan of Invest Northern Ireland and Grainne Kelly owner of BubbleBum UK, which picked up the ‘Best Business Start-Up’ category last year.
The companies were judged on a variety of merits including business milestones and achievements, business strategy, business financial performance, development of innovative products or services, importance of the business to the local area, theleadership and vision of the entrepreneur.
Provincial and category winners receive a specially commissioned award, PR opportunities, entry into the all-island awards and a dedicated profile page on the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards website.