Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland firms victorious at all-island business awards

By Staff Reporter

Ulster companies stole the show at a major all-island awards event in Dublin last week, which saw a Belfast firm lift the top prize.

Andor Technology was named Overall Winner at the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards in the Mansion House, in addition to winning the International Business category.

Londonderry-based BubbleBum was named best Start-Up Business in one of the most hotly-contested categories, which had more than 100 entries.

There were eight Ulster firms among the finalists in the prestigious awards scheme, which had some 400 entries in total from across the island.

Ian Jordan, Head of Business and Commercial Banking in Northern Ireland with Ulster Bank, said that he is delighted for the local companies.

"To be chosen as the overall winner from 400 entries is a great achievement and something that Andor Technology can be really proud of.

"The judging panel, which includes some of the island's top business people and experts, was highly impressed by the company's success in international markets and its ability to continue leading the way in a competitive, high-end sector," Mr Jordan said.

"Winning the Start-Up Business Awards is also a fantastic accomplishment.

"BubbleBum came out top in this competitive category due to the innovative nature of its product and the business's numerous successes in such a short period of time," Mr Jordan added.

The other finalists from Ulster were: Wholeschool Software from Belfast; Donegal County Enterprise Fund; Wilson's Auctions, Newtownabbey; Envirogreen Recycling based in Coalisland; Wilson's Country Ltd, Armagh; and Autoline Insurance Group from Newry.

As the overall winner, Andor Technology received a comprehensive prize package including an Executive Education programme at Harvard University Business School, €50,000 (£44,000) worth of advertising space in the Irish Independent and a two-year membership of the Institute of Directors.

Among the all-island winners were:

  • Overall Winner: Andor Technology (Belfast)
  • Start-Up Business: BubbleBum UK (Derry)
  • Innovation and Emerging Technology: Sonru Ltd (Wexford)
  • International Business Award: Andor Technology (Belfast)
  • Social Entrepreneurship Award: West of Ireland Alzheimer Foundation (Mayo)
  • Family-Run Business: Grainger Sawmills Ltd (Cork)