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Video highlights of Belfast Telegraph Business Awards - plus full list of winners

CDE named company of year at glitzy ceremony

Co Tyrone manufacturer CDE was crowned the Outstanding Business of the Year at the 2019 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards, in partnership with Ulster Bank.

The company, which is based in Cookstown, employs a UK and international workforce of 650 and designs equipment and solutions for quarries, mines and recycling operations.

It has operations in eight regions and exports to more than 90 countries with a particular focus on the US following the opening of its North America headquarters in Cleburne, Texas, in September 2018.

Over the last 25 years, it has designed and installed almost 2,000 sets of wet processing equipment across the world. The company also marked a year of record revenues in 2018.

The judging panel praised the business's exceptional growth in international sales and its sustained and strategic expansion into new export markets worldwide.

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Belfast Telegraph’s Business Editor Margaret Canning, Editor Gail Walker and Sarah Little, publishing director for Northern Ireland at INM, at the Business Awards last night

Belfast Telegraph’s Business Editor Margaret Canning, Editor Gail Walker and Sarah Little, publishing director for Northern Ireland at INM, at the Business Awards last night

Belfast Telegraph’s Business Editor Margaret Canning, Editor Gail Walker and Sarah Little, publishing director for Northern Ireland at INM, at the Business Awards last night

The Lifetime Achievement accolade was won by Owen Brennan, executive chairman of Devenish Nutrition, for his inspirational leadership and ground-breaking contribution to Northern Ireland's agri-food industry.

For more than 20 years he has grown an organisation that is recognised as a leader in its field - researching, developing and manufacturing innovative animal nutrition products which are sold to international markets.

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Staff from Vantage Health and Life at the awards

Staff from Vantage Health and Life at the awards

Staff from Vantage Health and Life at the awards

Almost 500 of Northern Ireland's brightest and best businesspeople attended the black-tie event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, hosted by BBC NI presenter Mark Simpson.

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The Excellence in Exporting award is presented to Tony Convery of CDE by Ann McGregor

The Excellence in Exporting award is presented to Tony Convery of CDE by Ann McGregor

Rebecca Adrian and Lynsey Preston

Rebecca Adrian and Lynsey Preston

Laura Rafferty and Catherine McKillop

Laura Rafferty and Catherine McKillop

Sonya McLaughlin, Caitlin Topping, Alex Todd and Laura Scott

Sonya McLaughlin, Caitlin Topping, Alex Todd and Laura Scott

Jennifer Wallace and Jonathan Wallace

Jennifer Wallace and Jonathan Wallace

Staff from Vantage Health and Life at the awards

Staff from Vantage Health and Life at the awards

Belfast Telegraph’s Business Editor Margaret Canning, Editor Gail Walker and Sarah Little, publishing director for Northern Ireland at INM, at the Business Awards last night

Belfast Telegraph’s Business Editor Margaret Canning, Editor Gail Walker and Sarah Little, publishing director for Northern Ireland at INM, at the Business Awards last night

Mark Simpson presents awards

Mark Simpson presents awards

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to Devenish Nutrition’s Owen Brennan by Richard Donnan from Ulster Bank, and Sarah Little

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to Devenish Nutrition’s Owen Brennan by Richard Donnan from Ulster Bank, and Sarah Little

Outstanding Business of the Year Sponsored by Ulster Bank Tony Convery and Brendan Maynes from CDE  Presented by Richard Donnan, Ulster Bank and Gail Walker, Belfast Telegraph Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Outstanding Business of the Year Sponsored by Ulster Bank Tony Convery and Brendan Maynes from CDE Presented by Richard Donnan, Ulster Bank and Gail Walker, Belfast Telegraph Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.

Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility
Sponsored by Asda
Ken Belshaw and Maciek Bator from Grafton Recruitment
Presented by Elaine Livingstone, ASDA Portadown

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Sponsored by Asda Ken Belshaw and Maciek Bator from Grafton Recruitment Presented by Elaine Livingstone, ASDA Portadown Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.


Best Established Small/Medium Business   (Joint winners)
Sponsored by Crowne Plaza Belfast
Donna Todd and Gareth Collins from Digestors Silos & Tanks Limited (joint winner)  

Presented by George Graham, Crowne Plaza General Manager
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Best Established Small/Medium Business (Joint winners) Sponsored by Crowne Plaza Belfast Donna Todd and Gareth Collins from Digestors Silos & Tanks Limited (joint winner) Presented by George Graham, Crowne Plaza General Manager Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.

Emerging Business/Start Up of the Year
Sponsored by Wilson Nesbitt
Mark Lilley and his colleagues from Groundswell
Presented by Neil Logan, Partner, Wilson Nesbitt

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Emerging Business/Start Up of the Year Sponsored by Wilson Nesbitt Mark Lilley and his colleagues from Groundswell Presented by Neil Logan, Partner, Wilson Nesbitt Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.


Best Established Small/Medium Business   (Joint winners)
Sponsored by Crowne Plaza Belfast
Donna Todd and Gareth Collins from Digestors Silos & Tanks Limited (joint winner)  

Presented by George Graham, Crowne Plaza General Manager
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Best Established Small/Medium Business (Joint winners) Sponsored by Crowne Plaza Belfast Donna Todd and Gareth Collins from Digestors Silos & Tanks Limited (joint winner) Presented by George Graham, Crowne Plaza General Manager Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.


Excellence in Workplace Health and Wellbeing award
Sponsored by the Public Health Agency
Eamon Bunting and Stephen Baker from Outsource Solutions (NI) Limited
Presented by Brendan Bonner, Assistant Director of Public Health and Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement for PHA

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Excellence in Workplace Health and Wellbeing award Sponsored by the Public Health Agency Eamon Bunting and Stephen Baker from Outsource Solutions (NI) Limited Presented by Brendan Bonner, Assistant Director of Public Health and Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement for PHA Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.


Retailer of the Year Award
Sponsored by Retail NI
William and Chris Suitor from Suitor Brothers Tailoring
Presented by Retail NI President, Peter McBride

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Retailer of the Year Award Sponsored by Retail NI William and Chris Suitor from Suitor Brothers Tailoring Presented by Retail NI President, Peter McBride Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.

IT Company or Team of the Year
Sponsored by Carson McDowell
Lorna McAdoo and John Harrower from Version1
Presented by Declan Magee, Joint Head of Litigation, Carson McDowell

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. IT Company or Team of the Year Sponsored by Carson McDowell Lorna McAdoo and John Harrower from Version1 Presented by Declan Magee, Joint Head of Litigation, Carson McDowell Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.



Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.


Best Use of Digital and/or Social Media
Sponsored by Sparq
Richard McKnight, Chris Lavery and Mark Lilley from Groundswell/Neurovalens
Presented by Cara Pennell

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Best Use of Digital and/or Social Media Sponsored by Sparq Richard McKnight, Chris Lavery and Mark Lilley from Groundswell/Neurovalens Presented by Cara Pennell Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.

Excellence in Innovation
Sponsored by MCL Insurance Ltd
Peter Johnston, Aidan Larkin and Mark Woods from Wilsons Auctions
Presented by Stephen Lamb, Marketing Doirector

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Excellence in Innovation Sponsored by MCL Insurance Ltd Peter Johnston, Aidan Larkin and Mark Woods from Wilsons Auctions Presented by Stephen Lamb, Marketing Doirector Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.


Excellence in the Development of Management & Leadership
Sponsored by Ulster University Business School
Rachel Gill, Zoe Young and Andrea Scott from Henderson Foodservice
Presented by Dr Darryl Cummins

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Excellence in the Development of Management & Leadership Sponsored by Ulster University Business School Rachel Gill, Zoe Young and Andrea Scott from Henderson Foodservice Presented by Dr Darryl Cummins Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.

Excellence in Exporting
Sponsored by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Tony Convery from CDE 
Presented by Ann McGregor, Chief Executive

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Excellence in Exporting Sponsored by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tony Convery from CDE Presented by Ann McGregor, Chief Executive Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.

Excellence in Marketing
Sponsored by Phoenix Natural Gas
Sara Murphy and Brenda Mulligan from SPAR
Presented by Jonathan Martindale, Director of Sales and Marketing 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Excellence in Marketing Sponsored by Phoenix Natural Gas Sara Murphy and Brenda Mulligan from SPAR Presented by Jonathan Martindale, Director of Sales and Marketing Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.

Excellence in Marketing
Sponsored by Phoenix Natural Gas
Sara Murphy and Brenda Mulligan from SPAR
Presented by Jonathan Martindale, Director of Sales and Marketing 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Excellence in Marketing Sponsored by Phoenix Natural Gas Sara Murphy and Brenda Mulligan from SPAR Presented by Jonathan Martindale, Director of Sales and Marketing Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Sponsored by Ulster Bank
Owen Brennan, Devenish Nutrition Ltd
Presented by Richard Donnan, Ulster Bank and Sarah Little, Belfast Telegraph


Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsored by Ulster Bank Owen Brennan, Devenish Nutrition Ltd Presented by Richard Donnan, Ulster Bank and Sarah Little, Belfast Telegraph Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Margaret Canning pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Margaret Canning pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Richard Donnan pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Richard Donnan pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Alastair Hamilton pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Alastair Hamilton pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Grainne McGarvey, Margaret Canning, Gail Walker and Sarah Little pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Grainne McGarvey, Margaret Canning, Gail Walker and Sarah Little pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Staff from Version 1 pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Staff from Version 1 pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Ryan McAleer and Emma Deighan pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Ryan McAleer and Emma Deighan pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Staff from Groundswell pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Staff from Groundswell pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Staff from Rapid 7 pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Staff from Rapid 7 pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Staff from Vantage Health and Life pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Staff from Vantage Health and Life pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Jenny Clarke and Rachael Hetherington pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Jenny Clarke and Rachael Hetherington pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Staff from Roco Boutique pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Staff from Roco Boutique pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Staff from Wilson Nesbitt  pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Staff from Wilson Nesbitt pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Jennifer Wallace and Jonathan Wallace pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Jennifer Wallace and Jonathan Wallace pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Jenny Clarke and Rachael Hetherington pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Jenny Clarke and Rachael Hetherington pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Darren Dickson , Emmas Hanna and Gavin Neill pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Darren Dickson , Emmas Hanna and Gavin Neill pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Rebecca Adrian and Lynsey Preston pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Rebecca Adrian and Lynsey Preston pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Laura Rafferty and Catherine McKillop pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Laura Rafferty and Catherine McKillop pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Heather Murray, Lucy McCreery and Lesley McGaritty pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Heather Murray, Lucy McCreery and Lesley McGaritty pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Margaret Canning, Gail Walker and Sarah Little pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Margaret Canning, Gail Walker and Sarah Little pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Heather Murray, Lucy McCreery and Lesley McGaritty pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Heather Murray, Lucy McCreery and Lesley McGaritty pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Staff from AJC Group pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Staff from AJC Group pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Ian Anderson, Pearse Owens, Denise McCann, Robert Cleland and Conor Donnelly pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Ian Anderson, Pearse Owens, Denise McCann, Robert Cleland and Conor Donnelly pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Caitlin Topping and Laura Scott pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Caitlin Topping and Laura Scott pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Louise McReynolds and Kerri Galway pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Louise McReynolds and Kerri Galway pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Sonya McLaughlin, Caitlin Topping, Alex Todd and Laura Scott pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Sonya McLaughlin, Caitlin Topping, Alex Todd and Laura Scott pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Donna Matchett, Rory Copeland and Alison Forsythe pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Donna Matchett, Rory Copeland and Alison Forsythe pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Heather and Megan Hamill pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Heather and Megan Hamill pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Karen McGarvey, Mark Fullerton, Connor Diamond and Sarah Little pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Karen McGarvey, Mark Fullerton, Connor Diamond and Sarah Little pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Louisa Cash, Neil Mooney, Sarah McAvoy, Christopher Souto, Meriem Naili and John Faloon pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Louisa Cash, Neil Mooney, Sarah McAvoy, Christopher Souto, Meriem Naili and John Faloon pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Brian Kilpatrick, Abigail O'Sullivan, Trevor Thompson and Chaz Fitzsommons pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Brian Kilpatrick, Abigail O'Sullivan, Trevor Thompson and Chaz Fitzsommons pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Niall Caldwell, Richard Donnan and John Mulgrew pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Niall Caldwell, Richard Donnan and John Mulgrew pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Aideen and Mark Duggan pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Aideen and Mark Duggan pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Rachel Gordon and Karen Pennell pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Rachel Gordon and Karen Pennell pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Matthew, Gabbi Burnside and John Ferris pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Matthew, Gabbi Burnside and John Ferris pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Martin and Collette McElmeel pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Martin and Collette McElmeel pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Rachel Gordon and Karen Pennell pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Rachel Gordon and Karen Pennell pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Stephen Beck, Harry Eves, Trisha McNeilly, Jessica Wilson and Paudie Fearon pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Stephen Beck, Harry Eves, Trisha McNeilly, Jessica Wilson and Paudie Fearon pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 -  
Gabi Burnside, Stephen Beck, Harry Eves, Trisha McNeilly, Jessica Wilson, Paudie Fearon and John Ferris pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Gabi Burnside, Stephen Beck, Harry Eves, Trisha McNeilly, Jessica Wilson, Paudie Fearon and John Ferris pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Emma McQuiggan, Ben Lindsay and Jessica Wilson pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2019 - Emma McQuiggan, Ben Lindsay and Jessica Wilson pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with Ulster Bank at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

The Excellence in Exporting award is presented to Tony Convery of CDE by Ann McGregor

It is the third year the Belfast Telegraph has partnered with Ulster Bank for the Business Awards, with trophies and highly commended certificates presented across 13 categories.

New for this year's awards was an on-stage Dragon's Den-style elevator pitch, with five shortlisted entrepreneurs presenting a live one-minute business pitch as to why they should win a £4,000 prize package to help expand their start-up business. The winner, voted by guests attending the awards ceremony, was Stephen Beck of Zero Waste Biotech.

A synopsis of the Northern Ireland economic landscape was delivered in a speech by Alastair Hamilton, the chief executive of economic development agency Invest NI.

Richard Donnan, head of Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland, said: "Once again, the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards, in partnership with Ulster Bank, attracted a very high calibre of entries from an impressive range of companies, ranging from inspiring start-ups to some of Northern Ireland's biggest businesses.

"The awards demonstrate that not only is there exceptional work taking place in our business community, but that companies are also increasingly aware of the importance of showcasing it through the Business Awards to help them further develop and grow.

"Being on the judging panel was a hugely rewarding experience.

"I would like to congratulate all of our finalists, those who were highly commended and of course our ultimate winners on the night.

"It's clear that local businesses are competing and winning in their marketplaces and delivering real value for their business and for Northern Ireland.

"The awards also showcased our vibrant start-up industry, with five very different companies pitching so confidently to win a cash business development prize. Congratulations go to all of them and especially to the overall winner."

Sarah Little, publishing director of Independent News & Media NI, said: "We're thrilled that such a wide range of businesses from all sectors joined us for a fantastic evening to mark all their achievements.

"We believe it's important to champion and celebrate local entrepreneurs and help spotlight their stories and successes. A huge thank-you also goes to our awards partner, Ulster Bank, and all our category sponsors, as well as our judges, finalists and guests who attended the evening."

Full list of all the winners at last night’s Business Awards

Overall Business of the Year sponsored by Ulster Bank: CDE

Lifetime Achievement Awards sponsored by Ulster Bank: Owen Brennan, Executive Chairman, Devenish Nutrition

Excellence in Marketing sponsored by Phoenix Natural Gas: Winner: SPAR

Excellence in Exporting sponsored by NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Winner: CDE. Highly commended: Fortress Diagnostics

Excellence in the Development of Management and Leadership sponsored by Ulster University Business School: Winner: Henderson Foodservice

Excellence in Innovation sponsored by MCL Insurance: Winner: Wilson's Auctions. Highly commended: Naturo/Mackle Pet Foods Chefs Selection

Best Use of Digital and/or Social Media sponsored by Sparq: Winner: GroundsWell/Neurovalens. Highly commended: Balloo Hire Centres

Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by Direct Medics Healthcare Recruitment: Winner: Declan Murdock, AJC Group. Highly commended: Gavin Annon, Mount Charles

IT Company or Team of the Year sponsored by Carson McDowell: Winner: Version 1

Retailer of the Year sponsored by Retail NI: Winner: Suitor Brothers Tailoring

Excellence in Workplace Health and Wellbeing sponsored by the Public Health Agency: Winner: Outsource Solutions (NI). Highly commended: Progressive Building Society

Best Established Small/Medium Business sponsored by Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast: Winners: Lowden Guitars and Digestors Silos and Tanks. Highly commended: McElmeel Mobility Services

Emerging Business or Start-up of the Year sponsored by Wilson Nesbitt: Winner: Groundswell

SME Healthcare Business of the Year sponsored by Linwoods: Winner: Fortress Diagnostics

Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility sponsored by ASDA: Winner: Grafton Recruitment. Highly commended: NI Water

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