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Belfast Telegraph Business Awards 2017 showcase cream of Northern Ireland talent

Conleth McConville, Gary Annett, Brian McConville and Naoimh McConville from MJM Marine were presented with the Outstanding Business of the Year award by Richard Donnan, Ulster Bank Head of Northern Ireland and Leslie Buckley, chair of Independent News & Media Group. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Conleth McConville, Gary Annett, Brian McConville and Naoimh McConville from MJM Marine were presented with the Outstanding Business of the Year award by Richard Donnan, Ulster Bank Head of Northern Ireland and Leslie Buckley, chair of Independent News & Media Group. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
The Irish Football Association won the Excellence in Marketing Award. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Gary Annett, Conleth McConville and Naoimh McConville from MJM Marine was presented with the Excellence in Exporting Award by Sandra Scannell, Head of Business Services, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the category sponsor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Darina Armstrong, Caroline Murdock, Jane Millar and Gordon Boal from The Progressive Building Society were presented with the Excellence in the Development of Management & Leadership award by John Linden from category sponsor B4B Telecoms. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Shane Murphy and colleagues from Oaktree Children's Nursery was presented with an Excellence in Innovation Award from Leeona Galligan, VP of UK Operations, Almac Diagnostics, sponsor of the category. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Arlene Lyle of Thales UK was presented with an Excellence in Innovation Award from Leeona Galligan, VP of UK Operations, Almac Diagnostics, sponsor of the category. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Jack Hamilton, Mash Direct, won the Young Business Person of the Year award sponsored by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. It was presented by Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Paul Greenfield. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
David Maginnes, Oonagh Fearon, Susan Hill and Kiel McGimpsey from Novosco were presented with the IT Company or Team of the Year award sponsored by BT by Heather Wells, Head of Business Marketing at BT in Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Gareth Loye, CEO of M&M Contractors received the Best Established Small/Medium Business award from Christine Ourmieres-Widener, Chief Executive Officer of category sponsor Flybe. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Alexandra Frazer of EquiNutritive won the Emerging Business/Start of Up the Year Award. It was presented by category sponsor Retail NIÕs President Rowan Black. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Henry Brothers won the Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility award sponsored by ASDA. Jennifer Cruickshank and Ian Henry from the company were presented with the award by ASDA NI Corporate Affairs Manager, Joe McDonald. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
GCRM-Belfast won the SME Healthcare Business of the Year. Robbie Kerr and colleagues from the company were presented with the award by Kenton Hilman, Head of Corporate and Property Ulster Bank. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Richard McClean and Richard Donnan from Ulster Bank present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Janet McCollum, Moy Park pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Olivia Jennings and Gilbert Yates pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Guests at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Guests at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Guests at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Richard Donnan, Ulster Bank at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Guests at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Richard Donnan and Leslie Buckley pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Guests at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Guests at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Guests at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Guests at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Guests at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Professor Neil Gibson pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Margaret Canning pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Speaker Alan Chambers pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Lifetime Achievement Award winner Janet McCollum, Moy Park pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Darwin Templeton, Richard McClean and Martin Breen pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Janet Burns and Hannah Palmer pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Theresa McLaughlin and Cathy McGovern pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. John Paul Corry, Edel O'Neill and John Simpson pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Conleth McConville, Naoimh McConville and Brian McConville pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Thales Group guests pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Richard McClean, Conleth McConville, Naoimh McConville, Brian McConville and Richard Donnan, Ulster Bank pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Leslie Buckley , Kenton Hillman, Ulster Bank, Gail Walker, Richard Donnan, Ulster Bank and Richard McClean pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Leslie Buckley , Gail Walker, Richard Donnan, Ulster Bank and Richard McClean pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Andrew Smyth and John Quinn pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Joanne Stuart and Kathryn Thomson pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Alan Chambers, Wendy Austin and Richard McClean pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Alan Chambers and Richard McClean pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Ann McMullan and Grainne McGarvey pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Alan Chambers and Sarah Little pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Deborah Madden and Charlene Jones pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Mary Foran and Rebekah Hamilton pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Geoff, Jourdan and Joy Baird pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Una O'Neill and Ashleen Poland pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Tracy Campbell, Debbie McLorinan and Denise Daly pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Julie Flaherty and Arnold Hatch pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. John Toner, Nicola Clarke and Alan Chambers pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Len O'Hagan and John Simpson pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th May 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Declan Moore, Ailsa McNeill, Lucy Speer and Caroline Murdoch pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Martin Lindsay, Margaret Canning and John Mulgrew pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Jennifer Cruickshanks and Charlotte Scullion pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Karen Fleming, Gillian Masson and Mandy Mitchell-Segerdahl pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Mark Fullerton and Michelle Chambers pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
From left: Richard McClean, managing director of the Belfast Telegraph; Margaret Canning, business editor; Richard Donnan, Ulster Bank head of Northern Ireland
Martin Agnew from Henderson Group, winner of Overall Business of the Year, 2016
Conleth and Naoimh McConville with their father Brian McConville, named Businessperson of the Year at last year’s awards

The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards, in partnership with Ulster Bank, have taken place at a glittering ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The awards, which are now in their 15th year, saw three new categories including IT Company or Team of the Year, Emerging Business/Start-Up of the Year and SME Healthcare Business of the Year.

The overall winner of the night was Newry-based fit-out firm MJM Marine, which also won the Excellence in Exporting award, while other winners included the Irish Football Association, The Progressive Building Society, Spar NI and IT firm Novosco.

Meanwhile Janet McCollum, Chief Executive of Moy Park, received the Lifetime Achievement award.

Full list of winners

The list of 2017 winners is:

1. Excellence in Marketing: Irish Football Association

2. Excellence in Exporting: MJM Marine

3. Excellence in the Development of Management and Leadership: The Progressive Building Society

4. Excellence in Innovation: Oaktree Children's Nursery and Thales UK

5. Best Use of Digital and/or Social Media: SPAR NI

6. Young Business person of the Year: Jack Hamilton, Mash Direct

7. IT Company or Team of the year: Novosco

8. Emerging Business/Start-Up of the Year: EquiNutritive

9. SME Healthcare Business of the Year: GCRM-Belfast

10. Best Small/Medium Business: M&M Contractors

11. Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility: Henry Brothers

Special judges’ awards:

1. Lifetime Achievement Award: Janet McCollum, Moy Park

2. Overall Business of the Year sponsored by Ulster Bank: MJM Marine

Our esteemed judging panel:

The judging panel for this year was chaired by economist Professor John Simpson, who was joined by:

  • Richard Donnan, head of Northern Ireland, Ulster Bank
  •  Ann McGregor, chief executive, NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Dr Joanne Stuart, director of development, Catalyst-Inc
  • Professor Mark Durkin, executive dean, Business School at Ulster University
  • Siobhan Lyons, head of business development, Belfast Metropolitan College
  • Jackie Henry, senior partner, Deloitte
  • Paul Terrington, NI regional chairman, PwC
  • Colin Stutt, Social Enterprise specialist

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