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It was a successful evening for local businesses at the fourth annual Business Eye First Trust Bank Small Business Awards with highly commended awards to Resonate Testing, Chancellors Road, Newry; Killowen Contracts, Burren and Cunningham Butchers, Kilkeel. Known as the BEFTAs the awards shine a light on Northern Ireland’s small business sector and recognised its top performers across 14 different categories, celebrating industry and business success as well as innovation, customer support and community contribution.

James Cunningham Jr pictured with Angela Craigan, Associate Partner at Harbinson Mulholland (sponsor) and James Cunningham Snr of Cunningham Butchers, picking up a Highly Commended Award for Family Business of the Year at the 2018 BEFTAs.
James Cunningham Jr pictured with Angela Craigan, Associate Partner at Harbinson Mulholland (sponsor) and James Cunningham Snr of Cunningham Butchers, picking up a Highly Commended Award for Family Business of the Year at the 2018 BEFTAs.

Resonate Testing, a commercial test house for organisations in need of certification services across all industrial sectors, was Highly Commended in the Innovative Business of the Year category while Kilkeel based Cunningham Butchers, and building and Burren civil engineering company Killowen Contracts, were both Highly Commended in the competitive ‘Family Business of the Year’ category. 

Speaking at the 2018 Business Eye First Trust Bank Small Business Awards, Head of Business Banking at First Trust Bank, Seamus McGuckin, said “Northern Ireland’s small business community, which together with medium businesses and self-employed people account for more than 75% of turnover across NI’s private sector, should be immensely proud. If it wasn’t for their contribution, Northern Ireland as a region and as an economy would not be fairing as well as it is in light of ongoing economic and political uncertainty. The innovation, dedication and creativity showcased by this year’s BEFTAs finalists and winners sets an example to our future business leaders and upcoming entrepreneurs and we are proud to shine a spotlight on their operations. While each business is different, all the winners share a number of common denominators -  agility, resilience, innovation and a focus on open, honest customer service. I offer my congratulations to all the entrants and winners and look forward to seeing how their businesses develop over the coming years.”

Brenda Buckley, Commercial Director of Business Eye, added “Given the number of entries received for this year’s awards and the energy and atmosphere at the ceremony, it’s clear that the BEFTAs have truly cemented themselves as a must-do in Northern Ireland’s business community. We received very strong entries from a wide variety of companies based right across Northern Ireland. They are very much an integral part of the business calendar here, and we’ve every reason to believe that they will go from strength to strength.”

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