Mon 20th Oct 2014
Firms scoop NI Chamber Awards
Top NI firms now in running for prestigious UK business award
Seven companies from across Northern Ireland, a Lisburn-based entrepreneur and a young businessman from Holywood, have been crowned winners of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) Chamber Awards 2014. 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 – CDE Global; Core Systems; Employers For Childcare Charitable Group; H&J Martin; Henderson Retail; Hutchinson Engineering and Sepha – along with Marie Marin, Chief Executive Officer of Social Enterprise Employers For Childcare Charitable Group (EFCCG) and Draven McConville, Managing Director at creative digital product and software company Gravity, as the Northern Ireland winners in their respective categories of the awards.
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Chamber Awards, now in its 11th year, 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 27 November 2014 at the Pavilion at the Tower of London.
Ann McGregor MBE, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said:
“Northern Ireland firms have surpassed themselves with the outstandingly high calibre of entries to the Chamber Awards. The high standards are a testament to the dedication and ingenuity of the local business community under challenging conditions.
“Each of our winners can go into the UK finals with a great sense of pride in what they have achieved to date and can be confident of success on the UK stage – we wish them all well.”
Nora Senior, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:
“These businesses are hungry for growth, constantly seeking new opportunities in local and global economies, creating new products for market, and sharing best practice with their peers. These businesses play a crucial role in creating a balanced and prosperous economy, and one that is admired on the global stage.
“The Chamber Awards, now in its eleventh year, is the perfect platform to showcase and celebrate the amazing work of UK firms across the country.”
A full list of winners is as follows:
- Small Business of the Year – Employers For Childcare
- Manufacturer of the Year – Hutchinson Engineering
- Best use of Technology – H&J Martin
- Young Person in Business Award – Draven McConville from Gravity
- The Sustainability Award – Henderson Retail
- Achievement in International Business – Core Systems
- Commitment to People Development – CDE Global
- Entrepreneur of the Year – Employers For Childcare
- Excellence in Innovation – Sepha
Highly Commended Awards were also claimed by Environmental Street Furniture (Small Business of the Year), Vita Liberata (Achievement in International Business), ShredBank (Commitment to People Development) and Tessa Cooke from Indigo Ivy (Young Person in Business Award).