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Queen's list honours our business leaders

Northern Ireland business figures from civil servants to captains of industry have been recognised in the 2010 New Years Honours list.

Bruce Robinson, a former head of the Industrial Development Board - the predecessor of business development agency Invest NI - is to be knighted by the Queen.

The Co Armagh man is currently head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

Brian Ambrose, chief executive at George Best Belfast City Airport, has received an OBE for services to the aviation industry.

Also picking up an OBE are William McGuinness from the aerospace and defence team at Invest NI and Orla Corr, director of the McAvoy Group in Co Tyrone, for services to the building industry.

Ms Corr has been credited with turning the family-run business, formed in 1973, into an international company with an annual turnover in excess of £40m in just 10 years.

The firm, which is based in Moy, has secured major contracts at hospitals, schools, government buildings, offices, airports and harbours across the UK and Ireland.

A MBE will go to Anne Bowen of Cushendall in Co Antrim, for services to the tourism industry through her business Ardclinis Outdoor Adventure.

For 19 years the company has provided outdoor education and team-building activities in the Glens of Antrim.

Belfast retail veteran John Moore will also pick up an MBE.

Mr Moore, head of the Belfast Chamber of Commerce, owns SS Moore Sports in the city, a fixture on the retail scene in Northern Ireland for over 50 years.

He took over the reins of the Chichester Street business from his father, a former Olympic water polo player, amateur international footballer and golfer.

Dr Peter Fitzgerald, managing director of Randox Laboratories in Crumlin, Co Antrim has picked up a CBE, again for services to business in Northern Ireland.

Founded in 1982 by Dr Fitzgerald, Randox employs almost 800 people and turned over £65m in 2009.