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Almac founder posthumously recognised by Craigavon award

By Margaret Canning

The widow of Almac Group founder Sir Allen McClay accepted a posthumous award in his honour at the first Craigavon Business Awards.

The awards ceremony marked the economic contribution of companies in Craigavon, and to Northern Ireland’s economy.

Lady Heather McClay was presented with a special recognition award on behalf of Sir Allen and the Almac Group. The group employs around 1,500 people in Craigavon and 700 in the US.

Garth Cairns, founder of agri-engineering company SlurryKat, picked up the Sir Allen McClay Young Business Person of the Year Award.

As well as being named after the entrepreneur, the award also brings mentoring from Almac and seven of its business partners.

Sir Allen (77) died in January, a decade on from setting up Almac, after buying five divisions of Galen Holdings when it was sold to Warner Chilcott.

The awards at Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre were organised by Craigavon Borough Council and Portadown Chamber of Commerce.

Sir Allen’s special recognition award was presented to Lady Heather by Craigavon Mayor Stephen Moutray.

“The Borough of Craigavon holds a wealth of business talent and expertise which everyone in the borough should be very proud of.

“Our thanks go to all the event sponsors and those who helped organise the ceremony — we look forward to the Craigavon Business Awards going from strength to strength in future years.

“ I am confident that this year’s winners will seek to keep improving, and that other companies will strive to get on the stage and pick up an award next year.”

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