Belfast Telegraph

IT firm clicks with judges and wins NI company of year

By Margaret Canning

IT company Novosco last night won the Overall Business of the Year at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with British Airways.

The big win for the Belfast IT support firm - led by entrepreneur Patrick McAliskey - topped a glittering night of celebration of Northern Ireland businesses at the Culloden Hotel.

The company triumphed in a special category for Overall Business of the Year, which was sponsored by British Airways.

Brenda Morgan, British Airways partnership manager for Northern Ireland, said it had been "delighted" to sponsor the awards for the third year running.

"We would like to say a warm congratulations to all the winners and runners-up," she added. "These accolades are testament to your success in the local and international business arena."

Novosco, which employs 100 people and has been in business for 20 years, won attention from the judges for its diligence and consistency in winning contracts worth millions of pounds both at home and in Britain.

Mr McAliskey is a former Royal Air Force electronics technician, who later joined FG Wilson as an IT expert before leaving to set up his own company.

This year, Novosco secured contracts worth more than £2.1m with a large housing association in the south-east of England.

The company, which is headquartered in the NI Science Park in Belfast and has offices in Dublin and Birmingham, secured the business with Swan Housing, which manages more than 10,000 homes in London and Essex.

It was the latest in a series of large contracts in the housing association sector that the Belfast-headquartered company secured.

Novosco now provides ICT support services - including providing on-site technical services engineers and a remote service desk - for Swan Housing's 300 IT users across 12 locations, as well as the installation and management of a wide area network and associated services.

Mr McAliskey said the company was ideally placed to win the contract because of its expertise in the housing association sector.

Last year, it announced a significant managed service contract with Manchester-based Northwards Housing, which has 13,000 homes and more than 330 staff across more than 30 sites.

Suzanne Wicks from Swan last month praised Novosco for its "knowledge and enthusiasm".

Belfast Telegraph