NI’s top businesses honoured at awards

Mark Regan of Kingsbridge Private Hospital & 3fivetwo Healthcare Group with Phil Delaney (Flybe) and Brenda Buckley of Business Eye alongside Flybe cabin crew Lesley Johnston & Ken Boyd
Mark Regan of Kingsbridge Private Hospital & 3fivetwo Healthcare Group with Phil Delaney (Flybe) and Brenda Buckley of Business Eye alongside Flybe cabin crew Lesley Johnston & Ken Boyd

One of Northern Ireland’s largest employers, Henderson Group, was named as Company of the Year at the 2015 UTV Business Eye Awards last week.

The awards, in association with Flybe, welcomed 480 industry guests and saw Mark Regan, chief executive of Kingsbridge Private Hospital, take the Business Personality of the Year title recognising continued growth at Kingsbridge and its parent company, 3fivetwo Healthcare.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Professor Marie McHugh, the long-serving Dean of the Ulster University Business School, which has just celebrated its 40th anniversary.

While other key winners were Connaire McGreevy of both CTS Projects Ltd & Mourne Mountains Brewery, who won Young Business Personality of the Year, and fast-growing Belfast company M&M Contractors - named as the SME (Small & Medium-Sized Enterprise) of the Year.

The Employer of the Year title went to local charity Action Cancer, BA Components of Cookstown lifted the International Award while Staffline Group was named as Fast Growth Company of the Year.

“We’re delighted to be the main sponsor of these awards which have established themselves as the premier awards for business here in Northern Ireland over the past five years,” said Andrea Hayes, Flybe’s UK General Manager (North & South).

“Flybe is firmly committed to serving the Northern Ireland marketplace with a comprehensive route network out of George Best Belfast City Airport, and we’re also firmly committed to serving an increasing number of business passengers on those routes.”

Michael Wilson, Managing Director of UTV Television, said that the UTV Business Eye Awards in association with Flybe are an important part of the business calendar here in Northern Ireland.

He added: “UTV has had the opportunity to support the Business Eye Awards since their inception nine years ago and once again businesses across Northern Ireland have showcased their innovation, strengths and credibility not only at a local level but as international players also.

“UTV strives to give the business sector the voice and strong platform to not only bring about change and investment where needed, but most importantly to recognise and celebrate all that has been achieved by the Northern Ireland business community over the last year.”

The awards will be televised for the first time this year with a special programme on Sunday, December 6, at 10.50 pm.