Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland victors fight for all-island title

Eight companies progress to finals of Ulster Bank business awards after success in regional section

Eight high-achieving Ulster companies are set to compete in the all-island Ulster Bank Business Achievers awards final in Dublin on Thursday. Each of the companies was a winner in their respective categories at the Ulster stage of the competition, run in association with Invest NI, InterTradeIreland, the Belfast Telegraph, and

The category winners were selected from over 200 entries from across Ulster and were presented with prizes in the provincial stage of the awards at the Ulster Museum, Belfast.

The winners were:

Business start-up:

Environmental Street Furniture Ltd (Newtownabbey)

Small business:

AJ Power Limited (Craigavon)

Established SME:

Novosco Ltd (Belfast)

International business:

Market Resource Partners (Belfast)

Social enterprise:

Bryson Charitable Group (Belfast)

Food and drink:

Lynn’s Country Foods Limited (Downpatrick)


Hannan Meats/The  Meat Merchant (Moira)

Women-led business:

Amelio (Belfast)

The eight companies have gone forward for all-island judging against provincial winners from Leinster, Munster and Connaught, with the all-island winners, including the Overall Ulster Bank Business Achiever, to be announced on Thursday at a gala event in Dublin. This year will see the introduction of a new People’s Choice award.

Members of the public are encouraged to vote for their company of preference by visiting

Wishing the Ulster companies well, Richard Donnan, head of Ulster Bank Northern Ireland, said: “Ulster has a history of punching above its weight when it comes to lifting the top title in the Ulster Bank Business Achievers, as the four most recent overall Business Achievers were CDE Global, TG Eakin, Andor and Almac. We are confident that the eight companies this year will represent Ulster well again.

“The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards is a flagship programme for us, helping us communicate our support for businesses — sitting alongside other initiatives such as our overall sponsorship of the Balmoral Show and our Entrepreneurial Spark Hatchery that will open in Belfast early next year. The awards recognise and reward entrepreneurship, one of the most important components of any economy,” he said.

The overall winner will walk away with a comprehensive prize package comprising a €50,000 (£35,000) publishing bursary with the Belfast Telegraph, expert business mentoring from Enterprise Ireland, a full-service communications workshop and significant media exposure.

You can keep up to date with all of the action from the 2015 awards using #businessachievers on Twitter

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