Belfast Telegraph

Hats off to best in the business

Belfast Telegraph Business Awards

Northern Ireland's business success stories were celebrated in style at the eleventh Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with British Midland International (bmi).

The brightest and best in our business community gathered at the Ramada Plaza Hotel at Shaw's Bridge, south Belfast for a gala awards dinner on Thursday.

The judging panel, chaired by leading economist Professor John Simpson, awarded the title of Outstanding Business of the Year to pharmaceutical company Almac.

The panel was impressed by the company's success at becoming a world class player in advanced medical science.

Almac also walked away with the award for Outstanding Business Team of the Year.

Around 500 of Northern Ireland's top business leaders were in attendance to see a total of 11 awards handed out, including, for the first time, a gong for businessperson of the year, picked up by Conor Walsh of Andor.

Philip Bain of Shredbank was named young businessperson of the year.

Other winners included Specialist Joinery Group, McGrigors LLP, Finnebrogue, HeartSine Technologies, Autoline Group, Andor Technology and the Ulster Museum.

Category sponsors were Moy Park, Progressive, Northern Bank, Made Not Born, Invest NI, Bibby Financial Services, Cleaver Fulton Rankin, Yell and bmi.

With a 'Casablanca' theme, guests at the ceremony were treated to a performance by the Ulster Orchestra, who played all the favourites from the 1940s film.

The event was hosted by BBC Northern Ireland journalist Noel Thompson.

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