The founder and chairman of Mount Charles has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to business life in Northern Ireland.
Trevor Annon received the accolade at 2018 Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Business Awards at IoD headquarters at Pall Mall in London.
The awards were presented across nine categories to businesses that have excelled in areas such as fast growth, export, innovation, and marketing.
With Trevor's guidance, Mount Charles has created "true economic benefit not only for its employees and their families, but also for the wider NI economy". Mount Charles currently sources approximately 90% of its food from NI suppliers, attributing to a contribution of £9m per annum to the NI economy, while labour costs currently generate £17m per annum.
In October 2016, Trevor opened new headquarters on Belfast's Ormeau Road, having invested £1.6m in the building's purchase and refurbishment. Mount Charles said the opening reflected its "commitment to future growth and development".
Business Person of the Year Cathal Grant, managing director of CGDM Construction Ltd, said he was delighted to win this award, and was overwhelmed to be honoured amongst the best of Northern Ireland businesses. Cathal explained that CGDM has grown rapidly, "by securing high value contracts in the commercial, retail, banking, health, leisure and hospitality sectors throughout the UK and Ireland".
Cathal oversaw the diversification of his company from an architectural design business to a design and build business. The other categories included Best SME Award, which went to STATSports Group Ltd and Fast Growth Business Award, which was picked up by FinTrU.
Babocush picked up the Excellence in Marketing Award while Brookvent won the Innovation of the Year Award. Selective Travel Management won the Overall Excellence Award.