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Celebrations as IT specialists Novosco take crown at Belfast Telegraph Business Awards

Novosco the leading light at Telegraph gala evening

Gary Parkinson and Susan Hill from Novosco collected the Outstanding Business of the Year from Richard Donnan, Ulster Bank Head of Northern Ireland, Margaret Canning, Belfast Telegraph and Gail Walker Belfast Telegraph. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Gary Parkinson and Susan Hill from Novosco collected the Outstanding Business of the Year from Richard Donnan, Ulster Bank Head of Northern Ireland, Margaret Canning, Belfast Telegraph and Gail Walker Belfast Telegraph. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Dr Norman Apsley received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Richard Donnan, Ulster Bank Head of Northern Ireland and Richard McClean, managing director of Independent News and Media. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Mark Duggan, Aideen Duggan, Jamie Wallace, Laura Lee Quigley and John Curlett pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Nigel Dodds MP, Gail Walker and Michelle O'Neill pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Richard McClean, Richard Dornan Ulster Bank, Dr Joanne Stuart, Gail Walker, Dr Norman Apsley pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Cara Mackle and Mairead Mackle pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Niamh McDermott and Dorothy McIlroy pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Glyn Roberts, Michelle O'Neill, Nigel Maxwell and Lorraine Higgins pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Dr Norman Apsley, Gail Walker and Richard Dornan Ulster Bank pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Gareth Brown, Megan Smyth, Lindsey Ferguson and Jill Caswell pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Frank Donnelly and Elaine Shaw pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Grainne McGarvey, Gail Walker, Karen McGarvey and Andrea Kennedy pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Olga Lynch and Victoria Scott pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Margaret Canning pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Gareth and Laura Chambers pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Breeda Toner and Robert Young pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Sonya Cassidy and Janet McKay pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza David Henry, Julie McKeown, Charlene Jones, Allen Reid and Ian Henry pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Olga Lynch and Victoria Scott pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Guests from Northway Mushrooms pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Conor McPeake, Megan Osborne, Robert Cleland, Sinead Carville and Darragh McCarthy pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Penny Kennedy and Laura Briggs pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Jeff and Sandra Hull pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Guests from AJC Group pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Margaret Canning and Emma Deighan pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Sarah Owens, Declan Sheridan and Zoe Barnes pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza John McKee, Sandra Overend and David Henry pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Dr Norman Apsley and colleagues pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Dr Norman Apsley and Richard Dornan Ulster Bank pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Richard Dornan Ulster Bank, Susan Hill from Novosco and Gail Walker pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Mascott won the Excellence in the Development of Management and Leadership award, sponsored by Asda. Kirsty Semple, People Trading Manager at Asda, presented the award to Michael Edwards from Mascott Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza The Excellence in Exporting award sponsored by Crowne Plaza Belfast was presented by the hotelÕs general manager George Graham to Alan Lowry of Environmental Street Furniture. Also pictured is Wendy Austin. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza The Excellence in Marketing award, sponsored by Mascott, was presented by Daniel Chesney, the companyÕs development director to Claire McNally and Laura Rafferty of Mackle Pet Foods. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Gary Parkinson, Susan Hill and Dominic OÕNeill from Novosco accepted the IT Company of the Year award sponsored by Jobfinder from Sarah Little, Commercial Director of the Belfast Telegraph. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Gareth Chambers won Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by Outsource Solutions. Terry Moore, CEO of Outsource Solutions presented the award. Also pictured is Wendy Austin. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Digital 24/Babocush won Best Use of Digital and/or Social Media sponsored by Saville Audio Visual. Cara Pennell, office manager, Saville Audio Visual presented the award to Naimh Taylor, Kelly Neill, Carolyn Henderson, Kirsty Nixon and Kerry Grugan from Digital 24. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Mary Black, Assistant Director of Public Health from sponsor Public Health Agency, presented the Excellence in Workplace Health and Wellbeing award to Paula McGleenan and Mark Spence of Flynn. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza The Best Established Small/Medium Business was sponsored by Fleet Financial. Damian Campbell, Head of Corporate Sales, from the company presented the award to Philip Bain of Shredbank. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Stuart Lutton, Yasmoin Lutton and Sarah Adams from New Life Teeth was presented with the SME Healthcare Business of the Year award by Mairead Mackle, chief executive Homecare Independent Living. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Elaine Shaw, CEO of sponsor Northway Mushrooms presented the Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility to Deirdre Ryan from Lidl NI. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Gary Parkinson and Susan Hill from Novosco collected the Outstanding Business of the Year from Richard Donnan, Ulster Bank Head of Northern Ireland, Margaret Canning, Belfast Telegraph and Gail Walker Belfast Telegraph. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Richard Dornan, Ulster Bank pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Margaret Canning pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Richard Dornan, Ulster Bank pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Glyn Roberts, chief executive of Retail NI presented the Retailer of the Year award to Keith Irvine of Warden Bros. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Wendy Austin pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Neil Gibson pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Charity draw winners pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Guests from Northway Mushrooms pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Richard Donnan, Nigel Dodds MP and Richard McClean pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Gavan Wall and Robert Welsh pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Mark Fullerton, Lizzie McCullough and Barbara Specchia pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Guests from Copeland Gin pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th April 2018 - 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza Guests from Outsource pictured at the Business Awards. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

Belfast IT company Novosco was crowned the Outstanding Business of the Year at the 2018 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in partnership with Ulster Bank last night.

The company, which employs 180 people, provides IT infrastructure and cloud services to both public and private organisations and won a major contract in 2017 - a £10m deal with one of the UK's largest housing associations, Notting Hill Housing.

The judging panel praised the strength and commitment of the leadership team in steering the company's success and commended its corporate social responsibility (CSR) work and commitment to its own staff. Novosco, based at Catalyst Inc - formerly known as the Northern Ireland Science Park - also won the IT Company of the Year award. And the work which has gone into Catalyst Inc led to a Lifetime Achievement Award for its chief executive Dr Norman Apsley, for his commitment to innovation and enterprise promotion in Northern Ireland.

Over the last 18 years he has developed an organisation recognised as one of the best of its kind across Europe.

Over 350 of Northern Ireland's brightest and best business people attended the glittering black tie event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Belfast, hosted by BBC NI presenter Wendy Austin.

It is the second year Ulster Bank has partnered with the Belfast Telegraph for the awards. Two new categories were introduced this year - Retailer of the Year and Excellence in Health and Wellbeing. AWARE, the Northern Ireland charity which promotes mental health and helps those suffering from depression, was charity partner for the event. Richard Donnan, Ulster Bank head in Northern Ireland, said: "I think it speaks volumes that this year, the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in partnership with Ulster Bank, received a record level of entries. It demonstrates that not only is there exceptional work taking place in our business community but that companies are increasingly aware of the importance of showcasing the calibre of what they do through the business awards in order to further develop and grow.

"Being on the judging panel was an inspiring experience. We had a really strong mix and diverse range of submissions from firms that have an excellent and well-executed strategy and those who are truly competing and winning in their market places and delivering real value for their business and for Northern Ireland."

Richard McClean, managing director of Belfast Telegraph owner Independent News and Media (NI), said: "We were thrilled that such a wide range of businesses of all sizes and from all sectors from right across Northern Ireland joined us for a fantastic evening to mark their achievements. Hearing their success stories has been truly inspirational.

"Being shortlisted means that your business has met the very high standards set by our panel of esteemed judges and is certainly something worth celebrating. We are proud, along with our partner Ulster Bank, to champion local entrepreneurs and help tell their stories to the wider business community, and in their 16th year our awards are stronger than ever."

Where the awards went

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Ulster Bank

Dr Norman Apsley, chief executive of Catalyst Inc

Outstanding Business of the Year sponsored by Ulster Bank

Novosco

Excellence in Marketing sponsored by Mascott

Mackle Pet Foods

Excellence in Exporting, sponsored by Crowne Plaza Belfast

Environmental Street Furniture

Excellence in the Development of Management and Leadership sponsored by Asda

Mascott

Excellence in Innovation sponsored by Copius Group

Northway Mushrooms

Best Use of Digital/ Social Media sponsored by Saville Audio Visual

Digital 24/Babocush

Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by Outsource Solutions

Gareth Chambers, Around Noon

IT Company of the Year

Novosco

Retailer of the Year sponsored by Retail NI

Warden Bros

Excellence in Workplace Health and Wellbeing sponsored by the Public Health Agency

Flynn

Best Established Small/ Medium Business sponsored by Fleet Financial

Shredbank

Emerging Business/Start Up sponsored by FintrU

Copeland Spirits

SME Healthcare Business of the Year

New Life Teeth

Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility sponsored by Northway Mushrooms

Lidl NI