Thu 15th Oct 2015
Firms scoop NI Chamber Awards
Pictured is Spoon Street’s Katie Waddell with NI Chamber Chief Executive Ann McGregor.
Top NI firms now in running for prestigious UK business award
Seven companies from across Northern Ireland and the Co-owner of innovative new frozen yogurt bar have been crowned winners of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) Chamber Awards for 2015. The winners will now compete with fellow regional winners from Chambers of Commerce across the UK in the national finals as they seek to win a top UK business accolade.
NI Chamber has announced the seven firms – Concentrix; Henderson Retail; M&M Contractors; Northern Regional College; Selective Travel Management; The Lava Group; Windell and Katie Waddell, Co-owner of ‘Spoon Street’ as the Northern Ireland winners in their respective categories of the awards.
The Chamber Awards is a highlight of the business calendar, showcasing the pivotal role local businesses play in the UK’s continuing growth story. The national winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Chamber Awards Gala Dinner on 26 November 2015 at the Brewery in London.
Stephen McCully, President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said:
“The Chamber Awards are the perfect opportunity to take stock of the outstanding performances of businesses over the past year – something made all the more impressive by the continuing global economic headwinds they are facing.
“The creativity and determination that has been shown by each year’s entrants never ceases to impress us, and is a source of encouragement knowing that the Northern Ireland economy is being driven by such hard-working and talented professionals.
“It’s important that we recognise and celebrate these businesses, and ensure that we can provide the support and assistance they need to help them realise their growth ambitions. I wish them well as they go into the UK finals with a sense of pride in what they have achieved to date.”
A full list of winners is as follows:
• Best use of Technology to Improve Business Performance – Concentrix
• Business in the Community – Henderson Retail
• Education and Business Partnership – Northern Regional College
• Exporting Business of the Year – M&M Contractors
• High Growth Business – Selective Travel Management
• People Development Award – The Lava Group
• Small Business of the Year – Windell
• Young Person in Business – Katie Waddell, Spoon Street
Highly Commended awards were also claimed by Agnew Corporate (Best use of Technology to Improve Business Performance); Coca Cola (Business in the Community); Belfast Metropolitan College (Education and Business Partnership); Kitchenmaster (Exporting Business of the Year); Concentrix (High Growth Business); The Henry Group (People Development); Seating Matters (High Growth Business) and Sorcha Lynch from The Present Tree (Young Person in Business).