Belfast Telegraph

CDE Global cleans up at Ulster Bank all-Ireland awards

by CLARE WEIR

Two firms from Cookstown have come out on top in an all-Ireland awards scheme.

CDE Global, based at Ballyreagh Industrial Estate in the Co Tyrone town, finished top out of almost 600 entrants to the Ulster Bank Business Achievers, while TES NI Ltd of Cookstown's Kilcronagh Business Park won the Best Established SME prize.

CDE Global, a leading supplier of washing equipment for quarries and mines on the global market, was chosen by the judges as the overall 'Ulster Bank Business Achiever' from the eight category winners, having won the International Business section.

The company, which has a plant in Kolkata in addition to its Northern Ireland base, has the ultimate goal of being the number one washing equipment supplier in every country in the world, and its current strategy sets a target of $100m (£64.9m) turnover by 2016. The firm will receive a publishing bursary with the Irish Independent, business mentoring, a full service communications workshop and PR opportunities.

The awards, run in association with organisations including Invest NI, the Belfast Telegraph and InterTradeIreland, were handed out during a ceremony at Mansion House in Dublin.

Colin Trainor, of CDE Global, said: "Receiving this award is a true testament to the strength and quality of our business and our staff, and is even more pleasing when we consider the overall competition within the category."

And the winners are...

Overall Ulster Bank Business Achiever 2012: CDE Global

1 Best Established SME: TES NI Ltd

2 International Business: CDE Global

3 Woman-Led Business: Clevamama

4 Best Business Start Up: Tayto Park

5 Innovation and Emerging Technology Channel Mechanics

6 Food and Drink: Irish Yogurts Limited

7 Social Enterprise: Acquired Brain Injury Ireland

8 Agri-business Meade Potato Company

Judges' Special Recognition Award Clare Crusaders Clinic

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