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11 March 2019

FSB Northern Ireland Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019

Harrod’s Christmas lights, a country estate reimagined, and fostering innovation: The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019 showcase Northern Ireland’s most inspiring small businesses

10 winning Northern Ireland businesses go forward to the UK FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019 finals

Engineering consultancy, Instil software, is one of the businesses that have seen off stiff competition to be crowned one of Northern Ireland’s best small businesses. It picked up the prize for Business and Product Innovation – one of 11 award category winners at the FSB Northern Ireland Celebrating Small Business Awards, held on Thursday 7 March at the Crowne Plaza, Belfast.

Other winners on the day included Pure Fitout who are responsible for the renovation and creation of some of Northern Ireland’s latest hotspots and some further afield - they scooped up the International Business of the Year Award. Bangor based Momentum Group, who assist SMEs to maximise their potential through R&D tax credits, picked up Employer of the Year. The Young Entrepreneur Award went to Declan Murdock of AJC Group located in Newcastle, who under Declan’s directorship have provided lighting solutions for some of NI’s most well-known sports clubs and even provided the Christmas lights for Harrod’s in London. Family Business of the Year went to Montalto Estate, once almost derelict, it has been reimagined by the Wilson family, and has since hosted BBC and Disney TV productions.

For a full list of all the winners, please refer to the notes at the end of this release.

Commenting on the success of the Awards, sponsor of the Business & Product Innovation category, Environmental Street Furniture, Managing Director, Alan Lowry said:

“At last year’s Northern Ireland Celebrating Small Business Awards we were thrilled to win in two categories, before going on to pick up the prize for Business & Product Innovation at the UK final, which was just phenomenal. Given the positive impact that winning the award has had on our business, we were delighted to give something back this year by sponsoring the Business & Product Innovation category. Many congratulations to Instil software who took home the Business & Product Innovation Award and to all those who have won, been highly commended or shortlisted.”

FSB Northern Ireland Regional Chair, Brendan Kearney said:

“Congratulations to all this year’s Northern Ireland FSB Celebrating Small Business Award winners. They are reflective of the vibrancy, innovation and tenacity that makes up our small business community.

“While the wider political uncertainty and lack of devolved government continues to present a challenge, it’s been thrilling to see so many successful local businesses doing well and enthusiastically take part in our awards. The best of luck to all our winners for the UK finals in May.”

The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards celebrate the best small businesses from the length and breadth of the UK, offering national recognition for those who have made the biggest impression over the last 12 months. Twelve area awards finals take place between January and March, with the UK finals taking place at a VIP attended awards ceremony on 23 May in London.