Belfast Telegraph

Allstate shows its class on night to remember

Software company was one of several firms who were recognised at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards

The cream of Northern Ireland's business world were honoured for their achievements at the 2012 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with bmi earlier this week.

Software company Allstate was named Outstanding Business of the Year with the judging panel, chaired by economist John Simpson, impressed by how it has contributed to the economy.

Allstate also won the title of Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility, while employee Padraic Sheerin was named Young Manager of the year.

Michael Ryan, vice president and general manager of Bombardier Aeropsace, was unanimously named Businessperson of the Year for his achievements over his 30-year career with the company.

Brenda Morgan, sales manager Ireland from title sponsor bmi, said: "This year's awards ceremony highlighted that Northern Ireland is in business, not just business as usual, but business that is competitive and competing on a world stage.

"The 2012 winners reflect the range and diversity of outstanding business success both at home and abroad.

"There is a very clear message - the Northern Ireland business community is alive and well and succeeding in one of the most difficult economic climates for many years," the bmi sales manager Ireland added.

Other winners from Tuesday night's gala celebration were Firmus Energy, CEM, Autoline Insurance, Fireglass Direct Ireland, Northgate Managed Services, Hughes Insurance, Almac and McCue Fit-Out, while Shauna Gallagher from Nature's Inspiration took the title of Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Category sponsors were Invest NI, Progressive, Northern Bank, Investors in People, Bibby Financial Services, Cleaver Fulton Rankin, Yell and Moy Park.