Sat 6th Jul 2013
Chamber Awards 2012 – Regional Winners Revealed
Employers For Childcare Charitable Group claims Northern Ireland’s ‘Business of the Year’ prize at the Chamber Awards 2012
A Social Enterprise committed to making it easier for parents with children to get into and stay in employment has secured a prestigious achievement after it was announced as the Chamber Awards 2012’s Business of the Year for Northern Ireland.
Employers For Childcare Charitable Group (EFCCG), which employs 38 people, beat off significant competition from across the country, impressing judges with its ability to bounce back from cuts in funding to develop a thriving ethical business that fully funds itself.
It currently operates two Social Enterprises in Employers For Childcare Solutions and Employers For Childcare Vouchers, the latter being delivered through the workplace as an employee benefit, saving both parents and employers thousands of pounds each year.
There were nine winners from Northern Ireland, including an expanding burrito bar, a manufacturer of kitchen textiles and an insurer that has developed a smartphone app to monitor driver behaviour.
The full list of Award winners, who are all members of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, includes:
- Alana Interiors’ Carol Little (Entrepreneur of the Year)
- Autoline Insurance Group (Excellence in Innovation)
- Boojum (Marketing Campaign of the Year)
- Employers For Childcare Charitable Group (Business of the Year)
- Keys Commercial Finance (Most Promising New Business)
- People 1st (Commitment to People Development)
- Shredbank (Excellence in Customer Service)
- Ulster Weavers (Achievement in International Business)
- Williams Industrial Services (Sustainability Award)
Highly commended awards were also presented to Allstate Northern Ireland for Commitment to People Development, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore for Excellence in Customer Service and Moy Park for Marketing Campaign of the Year.
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Ann McGregor said:
“There has never been a more important time for businesses to showcase the amazing work they are doing on a day-to-day basis.
“The Chamber Awards is a perfect platform for them to do just that and receive the recognition and profile they deserve for helping move the economy forward and create employment.”
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Chamber Awards 2012 is committed to finding the best businesses through a series of regional heats followed by a National Final, due to be held at London’s Guildhall on November 29th.
Now in its 9th year, the competition is one of the showcase events that highlight the role of business as a positive force for recovery and the success of local communities and individuals.
Ms McGregor concluded: “A record number of firms have taken part this year, all determined to prove that ‘Business is Good’ for the recovery.”
Above: Business of the Year – Employers For Childcare Charitable Group