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Large Company of the Year: Almac’s goal ‘to advance human health’

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Max Nesbitt, Partner from Wilson Nesbitt presents the Best Large Company of the Year Award to Niall Harkin from Almac Group. Credit: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Max Nesbitt, Partner from Wilson Nesbitt presents the Best Large Company of the Year Award to Niall Harkin from Almac Group. Credit: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Max Nesbitt, Partner from Wilson Nesbitt presents the Best Large Company of the Year Award to Niall Harkin from Almac Group. Credit: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Almac Group, based in Craigavon, was a popular winner in the category of Large Company of the Year, sponsored by law firm, Wilson Nesbitt.

The contract development and manufacturing organisation provides an extensive range of integrated services across the drug development lifecycle.

In its entry, Almac summed up its mission as “to advance human health”.

“We achieve this goal through partnerships with the largest biotech and pharmaceutical clients globally.

"We are at the forefront of developing, manufacturing, testing and distributing essential medicines to vulnerable patients.

“We are currently involved in over 300 life-saving drugs across oncology, immunology, neurology and more, and over 200 separate research projects for Covid-19.”

The business was founded more than 50 years ago by Sir Allen McClay. It now employs 6,500 people in 18 locations across the globe, including over 3,400 in Northern Ireland.

And the company said staff were key to its strength. “Our ambition is to find and hire the best.

“Our retention strategy is based upon providing the right training, mentorship, benefits and creating an environment and culture that will allow talent to prosper. 

“We provide extensive structured training and mentorship to all employees, supporting their career through continuous professional development.”

It also sought to offer benefits to reward teams and support work-life balance including flexible and hybrid working.  And it had also cut core working hours from 40 to 37.5 per week, with no loss in pay. 

Almac also added a holiday buyback scheme. High staff retention means that staff stay over eight years on average. 

The company added: “Our contribution to advancing human health both directly and indirectly in NI and across the globe has increased each year for the last 15 years.

“Each year, we have grown, and that is planned to continue.”


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