Celebrating the best in the private sector

The UK Private Business Awards, sponsored by PwC, celebrate the best in the private sector and their importance and contribution to the local economy.
The national judging for the 2017 awards is currently underway, and we are delighted to announce that a number of Northern Ireland businesses have successfully made it through to the national shortlist. A dinner for the Northern Ireland region entrants was held on Thursday 1 June at Deanes Restaurant Belfast and the stories from the evening highlighted the innovative and entrepreneurial businesses and individuals that are contributing to the future of the local economy. These businesses are #LeadingNI
The Northern Ireland shortlisted businesses going through to national judging are:

Limeforge Limited – See.Sense (shortlisted for Technology Innovation of the Year Award). See.Sense is a cycling technology company that is ‘redefining the bike light’ using crown sourced data for smart cities. Its first product uses advanced technology to create real time data that the city can use to develop its own Smart City Plan. Based in Northern Ireland, the company was founded through crowd sourcing by husband and wife team, Philip and Irene McAleese. See.Sense currently exports to 50 countries and its profit has increased 150%. @seesense_cc

Uform (shortlisted for High Growth Business of the Year Award). From a small company established in 1993 by the Donnelly brothers along with their late father Eddie, Uform is now a multi award winning, market leading distributor of kitchen doors and accessories to the trade throughout UK and Ireland. Launched in 2007, Kitchen Stori, the consumer brand of Uform, is now the leading brand within the kitchen industry, with a 9% market share in the UK and plans to grow to 15%. They will shortly celebrate 25 years as a family business and have achieved 75% growth over the last three years. @Kitchen_Stori

 

Mash Direct (shortlisted for Family Business of the Year Award). Mash Direct is an innovative farming enterprise, run by family team Martin, Tracy, Lance and Jack Hamilton at their farm in Co. Down. A fifth generation family business that has successfully diversified into "Field to Fork" vegetable and potato dishes. Mash Direct supplies into 5,000 stores daily in UK/ROI/ Middle East and USA. One Mash Direct product is now sold every second – a business from a traditional industry that is taking British farming into the future by responding to changing consumer behaviours. @mashdirect

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