NI firms in running for UK business accolade following Chamber Awards
Seven companies from across Northern Ireland join Ulster University and the Irish Football Association as the winners of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s annual Chamber Business Awards.
The winners will now compete against other regional winners in the national finals in a bid to win the top UK business accolade in their category and also the chance to scoop the top title as overall National Chamber Awards winner 2017.
NI Chamber has revealed the following winners:
- High Growth Business of the Year – KME Steelworks
- Small Business of the Year – CDEnviro
- Best use of Technology – Henderson Retail
- Excellence in Customer Service – Galgorm Resort & Spa
- Export Business of the Year – Linwoods
- Commitment to People Development – HLM
- Education and Business Partnership – Ulster University
- Best Use of Social Media – Irish FA
- Health & Wellbeing Award – Flynn
The national winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Chamber Awards Gala Dinner on 30 November 2017 at the Brewery in London.
The Chamber Awards is a highlight of the business calendar, showcasing the pivotal role local businesses play in the UK’s continuing growth story.
Ellvena Graham, President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said:
“Businesses are the backbone and driving force of the economy. Even in the face of uncertain times, they continue to show their resilience and strength – creating opportunities for employment, investment and growth.
“Our judges are always impressed by the high standard of submissions, and the calibre of entries this year was no different. The finalists in the Chamber Business Awards represent the best of this country’s entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and hard-work.
“The Chamber Business Awards are the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate our business communities’ achievements, to take stock of the outstanding performances of local businesses over the past year, and to encourage and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”
One of the winners is Armagh-based Linwoods who deliver a range of premium bakery, fresh dairy and healthy super food products to over 1,600 customers daily. The company has already established business for its health super foods in key European markets including Great Britain, the Republic, The Netherlands and Spain.
Commenting on the award, Brian Brannigan, Head of Sales at Linwoods, said: “We are delighted to win the Export Business of the Year Award. Exporting is at the core of Linwoods’ DNA so it’s great to be recognised in this category. We are also excited by the opportunities this gives us to raise the profile of the company and our products with more customers and more export markets.”
Shaun McAnee, Managing Director of Corporate & Business Banking at Danske Bank, a judge at this year’s Chamber Business Awards, congratulated Linwoods on being named Export Business of the Year: “Linwoods has quickly become one of Northern Ireland’s most accomplished export businesses, establishing markets for its health super foods in over 25 countries across the globe. I congratulate the company on its success up to now and expect to see its customer base grow even further in the years ahead as it continues to seek out new customers at home and abroad. Linwoods success is built on relentless innovation which should inspire other aspiring exporters in Northern Ireland.”
Highly Commended awards were also claimed by Mount Charles (High Growth Business of the Year); Flint Studios (Small Business of the Year); Kerr Henderson Group (Best Use of Technology); McElmeel Mobility Services (Excellence in Customer Service); Devenish Nutrition (Export Business of the Year); Henderson Retail (Commitment to People Development); Young Enterprise NI (Education & Business Partnership); Catalyst Inc (Best Use of Social Media) and the Henry Brothers (Health & Wellbeing Award).