Newry businesses win big at AIB Business Eye Awards 2019

  • Photo: 'Company of the Year' winners, First Derivatives

    Newry-based fintech First Derivatives won ‘Company of the Year’ title at last week's AIB Business Eye Awards, while MJM Group founder Brian McConville was named ‘Business Personality of the Year’.

    A special ‘Contribution to Business’ Award was presented on the evening to Julie Conlon, widow of First Derivatives founder Brian Conlon, who passed away in July of this year. The global tech provider was also named as ‘Technology Business of the Year’.

    The awards, now in their 14th year, were presented to a 750-strong business audience at ICC Belfast on Thursday 28 November. The awards honour companies and business leaders across 19 different categories, rewarding growth, innovation, commitment to CSR, the environment and people development.

    Brian McConville was chosen by the judging panel for steering the rapid growth of the MJM Group, a global leader in the marine fit-out industry, as well as for his successful acquisition of Antrim-based Mivan.

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    Downpatrick specialist guitar makers Lowden Guitars, which supplies instruments to stars such as Ed Sheeran, Gary Lightbody and Eric Clapton, took the ‘Family Business of the Year’ award, while Lisburn-based Creative Composites was named ‘Manufacturer of the Year’.

    Accountancy firm Harbinson Mulholland won the ‘Professional Services Firm of the Year’ category. A ‘Young Business Personality of the Year’ title went to Gareth Deering from Denroy Plastics in Bangor.

    Adrian Moynihan, Head of AIB (NI) said that the local bank “used the occasion to showcase and celebrate our own transformation as we launch our rebrand from First Trust Bank to AIB (NI). We are excited about the benefits the change can help deliver for our customers, our communities, our stakeholders and the wider Northern Ireland economy.

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    “Congratulations to all the winners, you are the force that drives our economy with unfailing resilience and innovation. We are delighted to shine a light on your efforts with these much-deserved accolades.”

    Richard Buckley, the editor of Business Eye added: “Business Eye is very proud to have been organising Northern Ireland’s foremost business awards for the past 14 years. Against a challenging political and economic backdrop, it’s really important for business success that both companies and individuals can be recognised in this way. We had an incredibly high-quality entry in 2019 and that entry illustrates the strength of the local business sector.”

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