Top business gong for project management firm
A LEADING project management company has been crowned overall winner at the Ulster Bank Business Achiever's Awards.
The PM Group, which specialises in project and construction management as well as technical and consulting services, was judged the overall winner, as well as claiming the International Business Award.
The awards, which were presented at a ceremony at the Mansion House, in Dublin, were sponsored by the Irish Independent. Enterprise Ireland and InterTradeIreland were also sponsors.
As the overall winner, the PM Group received a prize package including an Executive Education programme at Harvard Business School, advertising space in the Irish Independent valued at €50,000, and a two-year membership of the Institute of Directors.
Founded in 1973, the PM Group employs 1,700 people worldwide. As well as management and consulting services, it also provides vaccine facilities.
It also has interests in the Life Sciences sector, especially biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical technology, food and nutrition.
The firm's chief executive, Pat McGrath, described the award as "a real boost for the company". "We are very proud to be an Irish-based company providing our expertise around the world. I accept it on behalf of our fantastic team," he added.
Tanaiste Mary Coughlan presented the awards and described PM Group as "proof of the quality of Irish business".
"The diverse range of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award winners, and finalists alike, illustrates the soaring quality of Irish businesses spread across the country," she said.
Robert Gallagher, chief executive, Ulster Bank Corporate Markets offered congratulations to PM Group and the other award winners on their "fantastic achievements".
There were several other firms celebrating by the end of the night, including semi-conductor company DecaWave which won the One-To-Watch award for the progress it has made with ultra wideband chips for the wireless industry.
The Cork Academy of Music, which gives disadvantaged people access to music education, took home the prize for Social Entrepreneurship.
Europharma Concepts is a contract manufacturing and product development company. It finished the night victorious in the Best Business Start-Up category.
Silver Hill Foods, a Monaghan-based duck producing company, was judged the best Family Run Business, while the Green Business award went to ICEComfort Slat Mats Ltd which provides flooring in animal housing. Its products reduce ammonia emissions by 50pc and methane emissions by 19pc.
The gong for Agri, Food and Drink left the Mansion House in the hands of Kestrel Foods Ltd. Through its Forest Feast brand, the firm provides numerous products from the natural and healthy end of the market to sweet and savoury snacks.
The vacuum suppliers ProVac Ltd took home the Emerging Technology award. The company designs and specifies customised solutions for Pfizer and Abbot Vascular among other clients.
The Special Recognition award went to First Derivatives Plc. The company provides technology solutions to the financial industry, specifically the capital markets sector.
The Ulster Bank Achiever Awards have been in existence for 16 years to recognise the achievements of Irish entrepreneurs. This year the awards drew just under 400 entries from across the country.