Celebrations as IT specialists Novosco take crown at Belfast Telegraph Business Awards
Novosco the leading light at Telegraph gala evening
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
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
Excellence in Innovation sponsored by Copius Group
Best Use of Digital/ Social Media sponsored by Saville Audio Visual
Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by Outsource Solutions
Gareth Chambers, Around Noon
IT Company of the Year
Retailer of the Year sponsored by Retail NI
Excellence in Workplace Health and Wellbeing sponsored by the Public Health Agency
Best Established Small/ Medium Business sponsored by Fleet Financial
Emerging Business/Start Up sponsored by FintrU
SME Healthcare Business of the Year
New Life Teeth
Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility sponsored by Northway Mushrooms
The @BelTel_Business Awards are wrapping up. Congrats to our winners and thanks to our sponsors. There will be a special supplement with the Belfast Telegraph next Tuesday. See you next year! #BelTelAwardshttps://t.co/b0qdPoPKiu— BelTel Business (@BelTel_Business) April 26, 2018
SPEECHLESS!— Novosco (@novosco) April 26, 2018
This is an incredible honour. Incredible.
Thank you so much to all of our customers, partners, to the whole team, to our friends, both within the industry and outside it. You’re all amazing, and help us be who we are.#BelTelAwards @BelTel_Business https://t.co/zIheVB9M2E
Building and maintenance contractor @FLYNNbuilding received this year's Excellence in Workplace Health and Well-being award, sponsored by @publichealthni. It’s a new category #BelTelAwards pic.twitter.com/9ixWPIlkML— BelTel Business (@BelTel_Business) April 26, 2018
.@WardensArds are named our first ever Retailer of the Year. The new award sponsored by @retail_ni champions customer service. The Newtownards department store specialises in homeware, hardware and gardening equipment #BelTelAwards pic.twitter.com/Z2HQSfoPCa— BelTel Business (@BelTel_Business) April 26, 2018
Next is the winner in the Innovation category sponsored by @TheCopiusGroup. The award goes to Northway Mushrooms. The organisation based in Dungannon represents 27 mushroom growers #BelTelAwards pic.twitter.com/zMx30fcW0D— BelTel Business (@BelTel_Business) April 26, 2018
Great night engaging with local business community @BelTel business awards. Many concerned about the uncertainty posed for their business by #BREXIT.— Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) April 26, 2018
Thanks to @retail_ni @RetailExIreland for the company. Important that we all #buylocal pic.twitter.com/vfu7JkNWLa
Congrats @WorldofESF! Newtownabbey-based supplier of street furniture and solar products Environmental Street Furniture receives the award for Excellence in Exporting sponsored by @CrownePlaza #BelTelAwards pic.twitter.com/da8d9vBhih— BelTel Business (@BelTel_Business) April 26, 2018
Well done Mackle Pet Foods! They receive the award for Excellence in Marketing sponsored by @Mascott_NI. The Co Tyrone family owned business has over 40 years experience in the petfood industry #BelTelAwards— BelTel Business (@BelTel_Business) April 26, 2018
Touching on Brexit, Neil Gibson says the debate over the referendum was not conducted well #beltelawards— Margaret Canning (@MargaretCan) April 26, 2018
EY Ireland chief economist Neil Gibson tells audience at #beltelawards that it's "heartbreaking" that we have no Executive— Margaret Canning (@MargaretCan) April 26, 2018
Dr Norman Apsley, Chief Executive Officer of @CatalystIncHQ, receives a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the Knowledge Economy in Northern Ireland. The award is sponsored by @UlsterBank #BelTelAwards pic.twitter.com/piGN0QKDyF— BelTel Business (@BelTel_Business) April 26, 2018
The other new award, Excellence in Health and Wellbeing, shows how important it is for companies to support their staff’s needs #BelTelAwards— BelTel Business (@BelTel_Business) April 26, 2018
New categories tonight include Retailer of the Year and Excellence in Health and Wellbeing #BelTelAwards— BelTel Business (@BelTel_Business) April 26, 2018
#BelTelAwards chair of the judging panel is Professor John Simpson. Standard of entries remains high and, in some categories, it was a very tough decision to choose just one winner— BelTel Business (@BelTel_Business) April 26, 2018