Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Achievement Awards for eight Ulster companies

Ian Jordan from Ulster Bank (centre) joins award winners Michael Hall from Kestrel Foods; Jurgen Prause from rehabstudio; Ruth Connolly from First Derivatives; Geoff Baird from Lir-med; Marie Marin from Employers For Childcare Vouchers; Declan Gallagher from Oilean Glas Teo, Marian Donnelly from Silver Hill Foods and Colin Ferguson from Willowbrook Foods
Ian Jordan from Ulster Bank (centre) joins award winners Michael Hall from Kestrel Foods; Jurgen Prause from rehabstudio; Ruth Connolly from First Derivatives; Geoff Baird from Lir-med; Marie Marin from Employers For Childcare Vouchers; Declan Gallagher from Oilean Glas Teo, Marian Donnelly from Silver Hill Foods and Colin Ferguson from Willowbrook Foods
Belfast organisation rewarded for impressive achievement: Jurgen Prause from Belfast based company, rehabstudio is presented with the ‘Emerging Technology Award’ at the recent Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards in Belfast’s Hilton Hotel by Ian Jordan, Ulster Bank Head of Business Centres, left and Sam McIlveen of the Belfast Telegraph, who was one of the Judges.
Monaghan organisation rewarded for impressive achievement: Marian Donnelly from Monaghan based company Silver Hill Foods is presented with the ‘Family Run Business’ Award at the recent Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards in Belfast’s Hilton Hotel by Ian Jordan, Ulster Bank Head of Business Centres, left and Donal Durkan of Invest Northern Ireland, who was one of the Judges.
Portadown organisation rewarded for impressive achievement: Michael Hall from Portadown based company Kestrel Foods Ltd is presented with the ‘Agri Food and Drink’ Award at the recent Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards in Belfast’s Hilton Hotel by Ian Jordan, Ulster Bank Head of Business Centres, left and Sam McIlveen of the Belfast Telegraph , who was one of the Judges.
Newry organisation rewarded for impressive achievement: Kevin Walsh from Newry based company, First Derivatives is presented with the ‘International Business Award’ at the recent Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards in Belfast’s Hilton Hotel by Ian Jordan, Ulster Bank Head of Business Centres, left and Sam McIlveen of the Belfast Telegraph, who was one of the Judges.
Portadown organisation rewarded for impressive achievement: Geoff Baird from Portadown based company Lir-Med Ltd is presented with his ‘Start-Up Business’ Award at the recent Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards in Belfast’s Hilton Hotel by Ian Jordan, Ulster Bank Head of Business Centres, left and Paul Allen, Group CEO, Tayto Group, who was one of the Judges.
Co Donegal organisation rewarded for impressive achievement: Declan Gallagher from Kilcar based company, Oilean Glas Teo is presented with the ‘Green Business Award’ at the recent Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards in Belfast’s Hilton Hotel by Ian Jordan, Ulster Bank Head of Business Centres, left and Donal Durkin of Invest NI, who was one of the Judges.
Co Down organisation rewarded for impressive achievement: Colin Ferguson from Co Down based company Willowbrook Foods Limited is presented with the ‘One to Watch’ Award at the recent Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards in Belfast’s Hilton Hotel by Ian Jordan, Ulster Bank Head of Business Centres, left and Donal Durkan of Invest Northern Ireland, who was one of the Judges.
Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards at The Hilton Hotel Belfast. L-R Bernie McConnville, Ulster Bank, Newry Business Centre, Geoff and Joy Baird Ð Lir-med
Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards at The Hilton Hotel Belfast. L-R Ð Lawson McDonald, Global Armour Ltd, Orlagh Carmody, Global Armour Ltd and Aaron Ennis, Ulster Bank
Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards at The Hilton Hotel Belfast. L-R Ð Paul McElvaney, Learning Pool, Janet Harkin, Learning Pool, Thomas Redmond, Effective Offshore and Chris Veldman, Effective Offshore
Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards at The Hilton Hotel Belfast. L-R Ð David Scott, Ulster Bank, David Andrews, Ulster Bank and Ryan Mawhinney, Ulster Bank
Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards at The Hilton Hotel Belfast. L-R Ð Nuala McVeigh, Vertical Wind Energy and Nicola Bothwell
Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards at The Hilton Hotel Belfast. L-R Ð Marie Anne Smith, Keylite Roof Windows, Marie Marin, Employers For Childcare Vouchers and Clare Dempsey, Employers For Childcare Vouchers
Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards at The Hilton Hotel Belfast. L-R Ð Jurgen Prause Ð rehabstudio, David McAdoo, Ulster Bank and Iain McCrum, rehabstudio
Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards at The Hilton Hotel Belfast. L-R Ð Maurice Donalson, Ulster Bank and Sam McIlveen, Belfast Telegraph
Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards at The Hilton Hotel Belfast. L-R Ð Henry Elvin, Ulster Bank, Tracey McElroy, Ulster Bank Mid Ulster Business Centre and Cormac McKervey , Ulster Bank
Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards at The Hilton Hotel Belfast. L-R Glen Thompson, Streamon, Mark McCann, Streamon, Conor OÕNeil, Ulster Bank, Mark Brown, Ulster Bank
Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards at The Hilton Hotel Belfast. L-R Ð Chris Henderson, Ulster Bank, Deborah Stevenson, Cedar Foundation and Kieran Molloy, Cedar Foundation
Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards at The Hilton Hotel Belfast. L-R Ð Tracy and Lance Hamilton, Mash Direct

The achievements of entrepreneurial businesses in the face of challenging economic conditions have been celebrated at an awards event in Belfast.

Six Northern Ireland companies, along with one from Monaghan and one from Donegal, were yesterday presented with prizes at the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, run in association with the Belfast Telegraph, Invest Northern Ireland and InterTradeIreland.

Awards were handed out at a lunchtime ceremony in Belfast’s Hilton Hotel to the eight Ulster companies, who will now go forward to compete for all-island prizes against provincial winners from Leinster, Munster and Connaught.

The all-island winners will be announced at a gala event in Dublin in March 2010.

In the Ulster awards Silver Hill Foods from Monaghan took home the Family Run Business prize, First Derivatives of Newry was the International Business winner and Lir-Med of Portadown claimed the start-up busiiness award.



Video: Gary Grattan's reports from the awards



The social entrepreneurship gong went to Employers for Childcare in Lisburn and the green award went to Oilean Glas Teo of Donegal.

Kestrel Foods from Portadown were victorious in the agri-food and drink category.

Rehabstudio from Belfast claimed the emerging technology prize and the accolade of the one to watch award went to Willowbrook Foods of Killinchy.

The eight winners were drawn from a shortlist of 24, who were selected from the 125 Ulster companies entered.

Ulster Bank head of business centres in Northern Ireland, Ian Jordan, said: “The entries to these awards demonstrate that many businesses remain determined, resilient and resourceful in the face of difficult economic conditions.

“I have seen numerous examples of companies overcoming the odds to achieve success and of firms being creative and innovative to survive and in some cases grow.”

Judges for the awards included Mr Jordan; Sam McIlveen, the Belfast Telegraph’s digital publisher; Paul Allen, group CEO of Tayto; Liam Nellis of InterTradeIreland; and Donal Durkan of Invest Northern Ireland.

The Business Achievers Awards aim to reward established businesses across all industry sectors, regardless of size, for their leadership, successes and contribution to the economy in the face of many challenges and obstacles.

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