Solmatix to fly the flag in European business awards
Renewable energy firm Solmatix has been named national champion for Northern Ireland in The European Business Awards.
The European Business Awards, sponsored by business advisory firm RSM, select national winners from around 32,000 businesses in 33 European countries.
Those national champions now go through to the second phase of the competition.
Solmatix, which is based in Nutt's Corner near Crumlin, was founded in 2008 by Richard and Norah-Anne Bell and has grown to achieve a turnover of £6m and 30 staff.
It was recently acquired by Harvey Group but will continue to operate as an independent company.
David Watters, managing partner of RSM McClure Watters, said: "We are absolutely thrilled that Solmatix have been chosen as among the best businesses in Europe and will represent Northern Ireland in the European Business Awards.
"This showcases the amazing talent and business success this country has and we wish them all the best for the next round."
Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, said: "Congratulations to the companies that have been selected to represent their country as national champions, they play an important part in creating a stronger business community."
The next round requires the national champions to make a presentation video, telling their story and explaining their business success. The judges will view all the national champions' videos, and award the best of this group the coveted 'Ruban d'Honneur' status.
Ruban d'Honneur recipients will then go on to be part of the grand final in 2016.
Northern Ireland pharmaceutical firms Almac Group and Randox Laboratories were finalists in last year's awards.