Small business accolade for local firm

Alan Lowry from Environmental Street Furniture being presented with the award by Michael McQuillan from University of Ulster Business School. INNT 25-802CON
Alan Lowry from Environmental Street Furniture being presented with the award by Michael McQuillan from University of Ulster Business School. INNT 25-802CON

A Newtownabbey-based company has recevied a top industry award at a recent ceremony held in Belfast.

Environmental Street Furniture claimed the title of ‘Exporter of the Year Award’ at the prestigious First Trust Bank Small Business Awards event.

The awards, which were organised by Business Eye magazine and sponsored by First Trust Bank, recognised companies with 50 or less employees across a range of 12 categories.

Speaking about the Awards, Head of First Trust Bank, Des Moore, said; “First Trust Bank has the pleasure of working with a diverse range of innovative and creative small businesses and we recognise the crucial role they play in growing Northern Ireland’s economy. By celebrating and rewarding their success through initiatives like the First Trust Bank Business Eye Small Business Awards, we help shine a light on best practice and hopefully motivate other businesses to achieve their full potential. The standard, diversity, innovation and entrepreneurial drive demonstrated at the Awards were not only exciting but encouraging for the local economy and we want to congratulate all of the entrants and winners.”

Brenda Buckley, Publisher of Business Eye, said: “We were delighted with the success of the Small Business Awards in their first year, and we’re even more pleased with how they’ve grown year on year. We received a really strong entry from a wide variety of companies based right across Northern Ireland. They are already an integral part of the business calendar here, and we’ve every reason to believe that they will go from strength to strength.”