Bangor-based Denroy Plastics Ltd has led the way for the Northern Ireland business community in a prestigious recognition scheme.
The leading provider of precision plastics injection moulding collected 5-Star recognition in the Ireland Excellence Awards, which are run by the Centre for Competitiveness (CforC).
The company, which employs 153 at its North Down headquarters, received its accolade at a ceremony in the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel, Bangor.
Denroy has established itself as a specialist within the aerospace sector with contracts currently in place with a number of major aircraft manufacturers including Bombardier and Airbus.
16 other organisations from across the island were also presented with various levels of recognition, including charity KARE, which achieved 5-Star status, alongside Denroy.
4-Star recipients included RTA Ireland Intl, IPC Mouldings and Bradfor, all of which provide services to the aerospace industry.
Newtownards-based Tech Metals, a leading firm of aluminium finishers with clients across the UK, received 3-Star recognition, alongside Doran Consulting, a Downpatrick-based engineering consultancy.
Other winners included voluntary sector organisations such as Autism Initiative NI, and Stepping Stones NI.
Winners have undergone rigorous examination and must illustrate their employees’ dedication, low absenteeism, high productivity, customer satisfaction and superior financial performance, amongst other things.
CforC Chief Executive, Bob Barbour, said: “This year’s award recipients represent a range of industries and sectors, but they all have a commitment to ensure excellence is an integral part of what they do, so I warmly congratulate them on their achievements.”
“There are many advantages for organisations in taking part in the Ireland Excellence Awards process, and by passionately pursuing quality excellence they become leaner, more profitable, more sustainable and therefore more competitive,” he adds.
Established by the private sector, the Centre for Competitiveness (CforC) is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation, dedicated to actively supporting the development of an internationally competitive economy through innovation, productivity improvement and quality excellence in the private, public and voluntary sectors and to build best in class performance through International Leadership across all sectors.
The Ireland Excellence Awards process is based on the world class EFQM Excellence Model, incorporating different levels of recognition.
Since 1991, over 30,000 European organisations, large and small, from the private, public and voluntary sectors have used the EFQM Model as their blueprint and driver of competitiveness.
Levels of recognition include: Ireland Excellence Award, Recognized for Excellence EFQM 5 Star, 4 Star and 3 Star Awards, Committed to Excellence, and the EFQM Gold Star Service Excellence.
The Awards are not an end in themselves but a means of assessing and recognising role model organisations against the most rigorous international quality standards while encouraging management and staff to continue their excellence journey to the next level.