Three companies have represented Northern Ireland at a awards ceremony celebrating business excellence across the island of Ireland.
Kestrel Foods Ltd from Co Armagh, McCue Interior Fit-Out Solutions and Blackbourne Integrated M&E, both from Co Antrim, all joined the "network of excellence" at the 2012/2013 Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme.
They were among a total of 20 companies from across the island recognised at an awards gala dinner in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin.
"They (the winners) represent the best of innovation, creativity, dynamism, tenacity and excellence in the indigenous business sector," Glenn Roberts, senior partner at Deloitte Belfast, said.
"The judging panel were extremely impressed with the innovative strategies that are being adopted by management teams across Northern Ireland and these awards acknowledge their hard work and commitment. We are delighted to showcase their achievements on the all-island stage."
In addition to the winning companies, those firms recognised as a Best Managed Company for the fourth time were awarded a special 'gold standard' accolade. In total 14 firms were designated with the gold standard including Eakin Holdings Ltd from Co Down and Wilson's Auctions Ltd from Antrim.