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Northern Ireland's biggest achievers are recognised in Ulster Bank awards

By Margaret Canning

Northern Ireland's most successful firms have been recognised at the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards in Belfast.

The winners ranged from well-established IT firm Novosco to new start-up Environmental Street Furniture in Newtownabbey.

Generator firm AJ Power in Craigavon was named top small business, while Market Resource Partners was singled out for its achievements on the international stage.

Bryson House was named best social enterprise, while Lynn's Country Foods - the trading name for venison firm Finnebrogue - won out in the food and drink category.

Hannan Meats won in the agri-food section, while civil engineering firm Amelio, led by 25-year-old Catherine O'Neill, was named best women-led business.

The Ulster winners will now go forward to compete against provincial winners from Connaught, Leinster and Munster in the all-island stage of the competition.

The overall Business Achiever and all-island category winners will be announced at a gala evening in Dublin in December.

Richard Donnan, head of Ulster Bank Northern Ireland, said: "With over 200 entries from Ulster to the awards this year, the winners and shortlisted companies today can be sure that they are the cream of a very impressive crop.

"The standard was truly exceptional and I am extremely confident that the eight category winners will do Ulster proud in the all-island final."

Judges for the Ulster stage of the awards included Nigel Walsh of Ulster Bank, Janet Toal of InterTradeIreland, Sarah Little from the Belfast Telegraph, Ian Murphy of Invest NI and Sean Mahon from Janse Consulting.

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