First Trust Bank Business Eye Awards 2019 …..NI’s Leading Business Awards

Adrian Moynihan, Head of First Trust Bank and Brenda Buckley, Commercial Director, Business Eye Magazine launch the First Trust Bank Business Eye Awards 2019 at ICC Belfast.

Northern Ireland’s leading business awards are back for the 14th consecutive year, with a new name but a well established reputation as the very best of their kind on the local business scene.

The First Trust Bank Business Eye Awards are an exciting new version of Northern Ireland’s longest running business awards, are the result of a partnership between the experienced team at Business Eye and lead sponsors First Trust Bank.

This year’s awards will be presented at a gala evening on Thursday, 28th November, at ICC Belfast and will offer local companies and business leaders the opportunity to enter a total of 18 categories covering every aspect of business across the region.

The Business Eye Awards have been honouring our leading companies, organisations and business leaders for the past 13 years.

Last year’s awards showcased an impressive array of winners at a memorable awards night held at the showpiece ICC Belfast venue in front of a 600-strong audience.

Belfast-based FinTrU, one of the leaders in the dynamic fintech sector in Northern Ireland, lifted the coveted Company of the Year award, while entrepreneur and business leader Tina McKenzie was named as Business Personality of the Year.

Other key winners included Denroy Group as Manufacturer of the Year, Mash Direct in the Family Business category and PKF-FPM Accountants as the Professional Services Firm of the Year.

First Trust Bank, a key supporter of the Northern Ireland business community, has partnered Business Eye on the annual Business Eye First Trust Bank Small Business Awards for the past four years, a successful partnership that has moved to a new level.

Brenda Buckley, Commercial Director of Business Eye, says that the Awards are a clear leader in the Northern Ireland business community. “There is no doubt that these are the awards that local businesses want to win, and our annual awards night in November has grown to become one of the best nights of the year on the local business calendar.

“These awards mean a lot to those who win them…to their management teams, to their employees and to their customers.”

“First Trust Bank works with businesses of all sizes and in every sector across Northern Ireland” says Adrian Moynihan Head of First trust Bank. “We are delighted to continue to work with the Business Eye team on these awards. Despite all of the challenges, organisations in Northern Ireland continue to innovate and inspire. We’re looking forward to celebrating a range of business success stories at the awards event in November.”

The closing date for entries will be Friday, 25th October, with the judging panel due to meet in early November. Companies and individuals will be able to enter no less than 18 different categories covering most aspects of the local economy and business life.

Entries can be completed online at www.businesseye.co.uk/submit-entry

Full list of award categories is as follows:

  • Company of the Year
  • Young Business Personality of the Year
  • Tourism & Hospitality Company of the Year 
  • Medium/Mid-Sized Business of the Year 
  • Innovative Company of The Year
  • Family Business Of The Year
  • Research & Development Project of the Year
  • Community (CSR) Award
  • Executive Support Professional of the Year
  • Manufacturer of the Year
  • Professional Services Firm of the Year
  • Exporter of the Year 
  • Employer of the Year 
  • Fast Growth Business of the Year
  • Agri Food Business of the Year Award
  • Technology Company of the Year
  • Green Company of the Year
  • Small Business of the Year

‘FinTrU to Form’ – Financial Services Specialists Come out on Top at BEFTA18 Business Awards

‘Business Personality of the Year’ Accolade goes to Tina McKenzie

Belfast businesswoman Tina McKenzie has been named ‘Business Personality of the Year’ at the 2018 BEFTAs, the Business Eye First Trust Bank Business Awards. Meanwhile, the overall ‘Company of the Year’ accolade went to financial services specialists FinTrU, who also completed a rare double by picking up the award for ‘Fast Growth Business of the Year’.

The awards, now in their 13th year and re-branded from the former UTV Business Eye Awards, were presented at a glittering ceremony attended by a 600-strong business audience at ICC Belfast last night (Thursday, 22nd November). Sponsored by First Trust Bank, the awards honoured companies and business leaders across 18 different categories, rewarding growth, innovation and commitment to CSR, the environment and people development.

Tina McKenzie was chosen by the judging panel for steering the growth of the Staffline Group in the Northern Ireland marketplace, and for her contribution to the local economy as a prolific spokesperson on business issues in her role as NI Policy Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses.

Financial services group FinTrU, set to grow to over 800 employees here over the coming years, took the ‘Company of the Year’ title at the 2018 BEFTAs. The company, led by founder and CEO Darragh McCarthy, was also named as ‘Fast Growth Business of the Year’, following the recent rapid growth of the business, only formed in December 2013.

Multi-award-winning Mash Direct took the ‘Family Business of the Year’ award, while Bangor-based Denroy Plastics was named as ‘Manufacturer of the Year’.

In other awards, PKF-FPM Accountants were inaugural winners in a new ‘Professional Services Firm of the Year’ category. Meanwhile, a hotly-contested’ Young Business Personality of the Year’ title was awarded jointly to Maire Claire Reid of Ballymena-based haulage firm TST Transport and Gavin Halpin of Belfast animation/TV house Paper Owl Films.

Speaking at the awards, Adrian Moynihan, Head of First Trust Bank said;

“The BEFTAs are Northern Ireland’s longest running business awards and are an opportunity to celebrate the stand-out organisations and leaders in our business community, while very importantly recognising the value of their achievements to our economy and wider society. 

Everyone who has been shortlisted and our winners should be very proud of their achievements.  

“The event is also an important platform to beat the drum for the Northern Ireland business community and given the uncertain times we live in, politically and economically, we must ensure our voices are heard loud and clear at this critical time.

“Last week we saw a significant and positive step forward in Brexit negotiations with the publication of the draft Withdrawal Agreement and a date set for the EU Summit. While maybe not perfect, we agree with the views and position of the leading Northern Ireland business organisations and representative groups who have voiced their support for the draft Agreement. It is clear that most business leaders understand and agree that a ‘No Deal’ Brexit could be hugely damaging for our economy and is simply not an option. This deal at last brings some certainty and allows us to turn our attention to the future trade relationship with the EU – safe in the knowledge that we have a transition period to negotiate it and a backstop to fall back on should those negotiations fail.”

Richard Buckley, Editor of Business Eye added;

“Business Eye is proud to have been organising Northern Ireland’s foremost business awards for the past 13 years. Against a challenging backdrop, it’s really important for business success, by both companies and individuals to be recognised in this way. We had a record-breaking entry in 2018 and both the scale and quality of that entry illustrates the strength of the local business sector.”

Commenting on their award success, FinTrU Founder & CEO, Darragh McCarthy, said:

“I am delighted that the dedication and high-quality work of the employees here at FinTrU has been recognised in this way. FinTrU is a ‘people business’ and our employees are a critical driver of our success.”

Speaking about her recognition as ‘Business Personality of the Year’, Tina McKenzie said;

“It is an absolute honour to receive the award for Business Personality of The Year – a big thank you to my teams who work tirelessly to allow me the freedom to give back in other ways and also the team at FSB NI. I am proud to be part of the wider NI business community where we all support each other.” 

 

Full List of Winners

The full list of winners of the BEFTA18 Awards are:

Award Sponsor Winner(s)

 

Business Personality of the Year First Trust Bank Tina McKenzie, Group MD, Staffline Ireland
Company of the Year First Trust Bank FinTrU

 

Young Business Personality of the Year Ulster University Maire Claire Reid, TST Transport & Gavin Halpin, Paper Owl Films
Exporter of the Year Business Eye Telestack
Employer of the Year Clear Channel Action Cancer
Family Business of the Year Harbinson Mullholland Mash Direct
Agri Food Innovation Award Musgrave Davison Canners
Tourism & Hospitality Project of the Year Visit Belfast Andras House Group
Fast Growth Business of the Year Fleet Financial FinTrU
Manufacturer of the Year Nimbus CS Denroy Plastics
Technology Company of the Year U105 First Derivatives
Innovative Business of the Year Business Eye Neurovalens
Medium Mid-Sized Business of the Year QUB Leadership Institute/

Chief Executive’s Club

AMI
Professional Services Firm of the Year Davy PKF-FPM Accountants
Waste Reduction Project of the Year ISL Waste Management Pritchitts
R&D Project of the Year Momentum Group Bloc Blinds
Community (CSR) Award Community Foundation NI ATG Group
Exec Support Professional of the Year Honeycomb Janine Smalls, Homecare Independent Living

BEFTA’s 2018 – A Record-Breaking Year as Shortlist Announced

2018 is set to be a record-breaking year for the annual BEFTAs – the new name for the UTV Business Eye Awards – which have been revamped as a result of the partnership between Business Eye and lead sponsor, First Trust Bank.

The total number of entries for the 2018 Awards, across 18 categories, is by far the biggest volume received during the 14-year history of Northern Ireland’s leading business awards.

Across every category, the judging panel were faced with a difficult choice to make between high quality submissions according to Richard Buckley, Editor of Business Eye, who said;

“The step up in both quantity and quality this year is dramatic. In some categories, our judging panel faced an almost impossible task to differentiate between exceptional entries from some of our very best home-grown businesses. The quality, and the quantity, of entries is reflected in the comprehensive shortlist for this year’s BEFTA Awards.”

The 2018 judging panel sat down at The Resolution Centre, a meeting facility based at The Boat on Belfast’s Donegall Quay, to make the tough calls for this year’s awards. The event will take place on Thursday, 22nd November, at ICC Belfast, the new name for the Belfast Waterfront Conference Centre.

Fellow judge, Ann McSorley, Head of Corporate at First Trust Bank added;

“After supporting the small business awards for the past four years, acknowledging the best and brightest business owners and entrepreneurs from our small business community, it was only natural to join Business Eye in celebrating growth across our business community as a whole.

“The high calibre of entries from every sector and corner of Northern Ireland made for a lively and difficult discussions for the judges, but we were all left with a great sense of optimism after discovering undeniable levels of passion, innovation and growth locally. We offer our congratulations to all those who made it onto the shortlist and look forward to celebrating the leaders in our business community at the new-look BEFTA awards later this month.”

A limited number of tables are still available for what promises to be a sparkling awards event attended by upwards of 600 of the great and good from Northern Ireland’s business community. In addition to the awards, hosted by Marc Mallett, guests will be entertained on the night by Scotland’s Drums n’ Roses and Re-Take That, the UK and Ireland’s top Take That tribute band.

Click here to book a table

VIDEO: Watch the BEFTAs 2018 Launch Video

Northern Ireland’s leading business awards are back, with a new name but a well established reputation as the very best of their kind on the local business scene.

The BEFTA’s 2018, an exciting new version of Northern Ireland’s longest running business awards, are the result of a partnership between the experienced team at Business Eye and lead sponsors First Trust Bank.

ISL Waste Management Sponsoring BEFTAS 2018 – Waste Reduction Project

Zero Waste to Landfill company ISL Waste Management is proud to sponsor a Business Eye First Trust Bank Business Award for 2018.

On Thursday, 22nd November, 2018 Northern Ireland’s premier business awards will take place in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall and recognise the best of Northern Irish businesses and business leaders.

We will be sponsoring the ‘Waste Reduction Project of the Year’ category for the third year running.

The award will recognise business based environmental initiatives and projects which can show a clear impact on the wider environment.

In 2016 Clements Coffee, CastleCourt Shopping Centre and Henderson Wholesale were nominated in the category. Highly Commended went to Belfast’s Castle Court, while The Henderson Group took the award. In 2017 it was supermarket chain Lidl who finished first.

Barry Donaghy, Managing Director ISL Waste Management says:

“ISL Waste Management is proud to be sponsoring this award and to be continuing our involvement with the Business Eye team.

We work with companies across Northern Ireland every day to assist them in not only the responsible disposal of their waste, but also in reducing waste produced. Through staff training programmes along with the implementation of innovative solutions and new technology we have helped many local businesses achieve zero waste to landfill status, while also helping them to save money on their disposal costs.”

ISL is a supporter of responsible and innovative businesses in Northern Ireland and wishes luck to all those entering this year’s awards.

NI’s Leading Business Awards opened for entries

Northern Ireland’s leading business awards are back, with a new name but a well established reputation as the very best of their kind on the local business scene.

The BEFTAs 2018, an exciting new version of Northern Ireland’s longest running business awards, are the result of a partnership between the experienced team at Business Eye and lead sponsor, First Trust Bank.

The BEFTAs are a natural successor to the UTV Business Eye Awards which have been honouring our leading companies, organisations and business leaders for the past 13 years.

This year’s revamped awards will offer local companies and leaders the opportunity to enter a total of 18 categories covering every aspect of business in line with growth, emerging trends and focus across the region.

Last year’s awards showcased an impressive array of winners at a memorable awards night held at the showpiece Belfast Waterfront venue in front of a 600-strong audience.

Newry convenience food manufacturer Around Noon lifted the coveted ‘Company of the Year’ award, while meat entrepreneur Peter Hannan was named as ‘Business Personality of the Year’.

The Lifetime Achievement Award, meanwhile, was presented to the recently retired former Chief Executive of Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Roy Adair. Other key winners included Axiom Law in the ‘Employer of the Year’ category, Environmental Street Furniture in International Business with Wilsons Auctions named as ‘Family Business of the Year’.

This year’s BEFTAs will take place once again at Belfast Waterfront on Thursday, 22nd November under its new name and backing of new lead sponsor, First Trust Bank, with a revamped category line-up for 2018. New categories include an award for Northern Ireland’s Medium/Mid-Sized Company of the Year, the region’s ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ and overdue recognition for our top Professional Services Firm as well as our leading Executive Support Professional.

First Trust Bank, a key supporter of the Northern Ireland business community, has partnered with Business Eye on the annual Business Eye First Trust Bank Small Business Awards for the past three years, a successful partnership that now moves to a new level.

Speaking at the launch of BEFTAs Seamus McGuckin, Head of Business Banking, First Trust Bank said;

“In the last year against ongoing challenges and uncertainty, much of Northern Ireland’s business community has gone above and beyond standard practice, showing levels of creativity and innovation that can inspire others. We are delighted to join Business Eye in celebrating these stand-out organisations and leaders in our business community at the new-look BEFTA business awards this autumn.”

The closing date for entries to the BEFTAs 2018 will be Friday, 19th October

New-Look Business Awards Set To Raise The Bar

Business Eye Editor Richard Buckley says that the new BEFTA’s format will ensure that Northern Ireland’s most successful, and longest established, business awards increase in stature.

“We’ve been running business awards through some very difficult times on the broader economic front and one thing is for sure. Companies and business leaders around Northern Ireland are always keen to celebrate success, and they’re just as keen to be recognised for business success in front of their peers.”

“We’re returning to the very best venue available in Belfast, the excellent Belfast Waterfront, for the third year running and we’ll be organising a night to remember for our business guests and partners.

“The team at Business Eye is delighted to be working with First Trust Bank, a bank which is making real waves in the business marketplace at the moment. It’s a partnership that he delivered some memorable award events in previous years and we’re confident that it will do so once again this year.”

The message from Business Eye to local businesses is to look closely at the award categories and get their entries in as soon as possible.

“We have a comprehensive line-up of categories which, we believe, cover all of the business bases. So it’s over to companies and individuals out there in the business community to get those entries in to be in with a chance of success on the 22nd of November.”

First Trust Bank – A Commitment To Business

First Trust Bank’s lead sponsorship of the BEFTAs 2018 reflects the bank’s ongoing commitment to serving the corporate and business banking marketplace in Northern Ireland.

First Trust Bank has worked with Business Eye over the past three years on the highly successful Business Eye First Trust Bank Small Business Awards. For November 2018, it has taken over the lead sponsorship of the region’s leading and most established business awards, re-named The BEFTAs from 2018 onwards.

“First Trust Bank works with businesses of all shapes and sizes and in every sector of the Northern Ireland economy,” says Seamus McGuckin, Head of Business Banking at First Trust Bank, “So we are delighted to partner with the team at Business Eye team to revamp the well-established business awards.

“In the last year against ongoing challenges and uncertainty, much of Northern Ireland’s business community has gone above and beyond standard practice, showing levels of creativity and innovation that can inspire others. We are delighted to join Business Eye in celebrating these stand-out organisations and leaders in our business community at the new-look BEFTA business awards this autumn.”

BEFTA’s 2018 …..NI’s Leading Business Awards

Northern Ireland’s leading business awards are back, with a new name but a well established reputation as the very best of their kind on the local business scene.

The BEFTA’s 2018, an exciting new version of Northern Ireland’s longest running business awards, are the result of a partnership between the experienced team at Business Eye and lead sponsors First Trust Bank.

The awards will offer local companies and business leaders the opportunity to enter a total of 18 categories covering every aspect of business across the region.

The BEFTA’s are a natural successor to the UTV Business Eye Awards which have been honouring our leading companies, organisations and business leaders for the past 13 years.

Last year’s awards showcased an impressive array of winners at a memorable awards night held at the showpiece Belfast Waterfront venue in front of a 600-strong audience.

Newry convenience food manufacturer Around Noon lifted the coveted Company of the Year award, while meat entrepreneur Peter Hannan was named as Business Personality of the Year.

The Lifetime Achievement Award, meanwhile, was presented to the recently retired former Chief Executive of Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Roy Adair.

Other key winners included Axiom Law in the Employer of the Year category, Environmental Street Furniture in International Business with Wilsons Auctions named as Family Business of the Year.

This year’s BEFTA’s will take place, once again at Belfast Waterfront, on Thursday, 22nd November, with a new name, a new lead sponsor in First Trust Bank and a new line-up for 2018.

First Trust Bank, a key supporter of the Northern Ireland business community, has partnered Business Eye on the annual Business Eye First Trust Bank Small Business Awards for the past three years, a successful partnership that now moves to a new level.

The closing date for entries to the BEFTA’s 2018 will be Friday, 19th October, with the judging panel due to meet in early November.

And local companies and individuals will be able to enter no less than 18 different categories covering most aspects of the local economy and business life.

New categories for 2018 include an award for Northern Ireland’s Medium/Mid-Sized Company of the Year, the region’s Manufacturer of the Year and overdue recognition for our top Professional Services Firm as well as our leading Executive Support Professional.