Glen Dimplex founder warmed by innovation prize
Business Martin Naughton has been awarded a major accolade for his decades of work in industry.
He won the Innovation Founder title as part of the Invent Awards, run by Connect - part of Catalyst Inc, the ex-Northern Ireland Science Park.
Mr Naughton is the founder of Glen Dimplex, a heating appliances firm that started life in 1973 with just seven workers in Newry, Co Down.
The businessman has since grown the company into a global giant, with the Glen Dimplex Group now employing more than 10,000 staff across 22 manufacturing facilities spread all over the world.
"I'm humbled and honoured to join this list of founders who have in their own ways changed the landscape of Northern Irish business," Mr Naughton said.
He is one of several top business leaders to have won the award. Others have included Dr Hugh Cormican, founder of medical imaging firm Cirdan, and Dr William Wright, founder of Wrightbus.
Steve Orr, director at Connect, said: "Given the massive impact that our Innovation Founders have had on the local and international economies over the past several decades, this is our most important award each year.
"I'm delighted Martin Naughton is being given a much-deserved accolade for his contribution to Northern Ireland's innovation economy."