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

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