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Craigavon firm AJ Power scoops accolade in Belfast Telegraph Business Awards

By Claire Weir

A Craigavon firm has generated the biggest win at the 2014 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards.

Over 350 people saw AJ Power, which makes diesel generator sets, collect the Excellence in Exporting and overall Business of the Year accolades at the ceremony, which was sponsored by British Airways and held at the Culloden Hotel.

The company, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, exports its products to over 75 countries around the world and employs around 80 people.

Mark Nodder, managing director at Wrightbus in Ballymena, drove away with the Businessperson of the Year award after a fantastic year of business wins for the company.

Other winners were pharma company Almac, which won the Excellence in Technology and Excellence in Innovation prizes, digital camera maker Andor, which picked up the Excellence in Marketing trophy, and BioKinetics Europe, which was named the best Small/Medium business for its work in clinical research.

The Outstanding Service to Business accolade went to Belfast Metropolitan College, while the Culture Company 2013 was honoured for Best Use of Digital and/or Social Media for the Derry/Londonderry City of Culture campaign and coverage.

The Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility prize went to Co Derry construction firm Henry Brothers Ltd, while Mark Hutchinson of SJC Hutchinson Engineering was named Young Businessperson of the Year, helping steer the company from making animal feeders to parts for aeroplanes. Before the awards were handed out, polar explorer, mountaineer, author and motivational speaker, Tom Avery, told guests about his exploits as one of only 41 people in history to have reached both the North and South Poles on foot and the youngest Briton to have been to both Poles.

Also addressing the audience were Belfast Telegraph business editor, David Elliott, followed by Keith Williams, executive chairman of main sponsor, British Airways. The awards themselves were designed by Jasper McKinney, a Banbridge native, who has been awarded numerous commissions and prizes for his work.

Award sponsors were British Airways, Ulster Business School, Danske Bank, Selective Travel, the Department for Employment and Learning, Begbies Traynor,, Cleaver Fulton Rankin and Invest Northern Ireland.

Wrightbus boss drives off with Belfast Telegraph's top business award 

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