Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Cream of the crop in running for top awards

Judges, from back left: Kate Barker, chair of the Northern Ireland Economic Advisory Group; Alastair Hamilton, chief executive, Invest Northern Ireland; Professor Rodney McAdam, University of Ulster; John Heaslip, chief executive, Business in the Community; (front row) Joanne Stuart, Northern Ireland Science Park; Professor John Simpson, chair of the judging panel; Brenda Morgan, sales manager Ireland, bmi

The 2012 Belfast Telegraph Northern Ireland Business Awards in association with bmi have once again attracted a host of high calibre entries.

Companies from all sectors of the business community entered the competition and the judges, chaired by Professor John Simpson, said the standard was higher than ever.

"Northern Ireland businesses put themselves on display to a large audience when they enter the Business Awards competition organised by the Belfast Telegraph," he said.

"Not only do business success stories add credibility to each business, when they are seen as part of the wider canvas showing a full range of business strengths, this builds a credibility for the whole economy.

"The Business Awards reflect the commitment of many businesses to tackling the impact of a market downturn and producing creative and progressive responses to maintain and expand their activities.

"The credibility of the Business Awards lies, first, in the evidence of achievement from the firms themselves. Then, the selection of those to commend and those to win different categories, gains more credibility because of the professional competence of the judging panel."

Anyone wishing to attend the black tie gala awards dinner on Tuesday April 24 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast should contact JPR on mail@jprni.com or 028 9076 0066. A table of 10 is £900 plus VAT and individual places are £100 plus VAT.

The nominations for the Belfast Telegraph 2012 Business Awards

1. Excellence in Marketing, sponsored by Progressive Building Society

Almac

Autoline Insurance

Firmus Energy

Hughes Insurance

Shredbank

2. Excellence in Exporting, sponsored by Northern Bank

Almac

CEM Systems

Mash Direct

McCue Fit -Out

3. Excellence in the Development of Management and Leadership, sponsored by Investors in People

Allstate Northern Ireland

Autoline Insurance

Northgate Managed Services

RFD Beaufort

4. Excellence in Innovation, sponsored by Invest NI

Chocolate Clothing

Fireglass Direct Ireland

Hughes Insurance

Novosco

TCB Group

5. Outstanding Service to Business

Guardian 24

Northgate Managed Services

6. Outstanding Business Team of the Year, sponsored by Invest NI

Allstate Northern Ireland

CEM Systems

Core Systems

Hughes Insurance

7. Young Businessperson of the Year, sponsored by Bibby Financial Services

Cara Cash — Stepping Stones NI

Conor Devine — Devine Commercial

Shauna Gallagher — Natures Inspiration

Padraic Sheerin — Allstate Northern Ireland

8. Excellence in Technology, sponsored by Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Almac

Core Systems

Guardian 24

Marketstall Services and Software Solutions

9. Best Small/Medium Business, sponsored by Yell

Fusion Heating

Mash Direct

McCue Fit-Out

Shredbank

Sixteen South Television

Suki Tea

10. Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility, sponsored by Moy Park

Allstate Northern Ireland

Homecare Independent Living

IKEA

Shredbank

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