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Thursday last was certainly a good night for two successful Newry businesses when they won big at the prestigious BEFTA 18 Business Awards in Belfast.

PKF-FPM Accountants, with offices in Newry, Belfast, Dungannon and Balbriggan were the inaugural winners in a new ‘Professional Services Firm of the Year’ category. Meanwhile, Newry based First Derivatives were crowned ‘Technology Company of the Year’ for their commitment to innovation in the technology sector.

 

The awards, now in their 13th year and re-branded from the former UTV Business Eye Awards, were presented at a glittering ceremony attended by a 600-strong business audience at ICC Belfast. Sponsored by First Trust Bank, the awards honoured companies and business leaders across 18 different categories, rewarding growth, innovation and commitment to CSR, the environment and people development.

Michelle Hawkins and Teresa Campbell from PKF FPM Accountants won Professional Services Firm of the Year, presented by Chris Power from Davy. Photograph: Press Eye
Michelle Hawkins and Teresa Campbell from PKF FPM Accountants won Professional Services Firm of the Year at BEFTA Awards, presented by Chris Power from Davy. Photograph: Press Eye

Speaking at the awards, Adrian Moynihan, Head of First Trust Bank said;

“The BEFTAs are Northern Ireland's longest running business awards and are an opportunity to celebrate the stand-out organisations and leaders in our business community, while very importantly recognising the value of their achievements to our economy and wider society.

Everyone who has been shortlisted and our winners should be very proud of their achievements.

“The event is also an important platform to beat the drum for the Northern Ireland business community and given the uncertain times we live in, politically and economically, we must ensure our voices are heard loud and clear at this critical time.

“Last week we saw a significant and positive step forward in Brexit negotiations with the publication of the draft Withdrawal Agreement and a date set for the EU Summit. While maybe not perfect, we agree with the views and position of the leading Northern Ireland business organisations and representative groups who have voiced their support for the draft Agreement. It is clear that most business leaders understand and agree that a ‘No Deal’ Brexit could be hugely damaging for our economy and is simply not an option. This deal at last brings some certainty and allows us to turn our attention to the future trade relationship with the EU - safe in the knowledge that we have a transition period to negotiate it and a backstop to fall back on should those negotiations fail.”

Paul Hollway, Head of Corporate Finance at First Derivatives, winner of Technology Company of the Year BEFTA award presented by Brian Gillan, First Trust Bank. Photograph: Press Eye
Paul Hollway, Head of Corporate Finance at First Derivatives, winner of Technology Company of the Year BEFTA award presented by Brian Gillan, First Trust Bank. Photograph: Press Eye

Richard Buckley, Editor of Business Eye added “Business Eye is proud to have been organising Northern Ireland’s foremost business awards for the past 13 years. Against a challenging backdrop, it’s really important for business success, by both companies and individuals to be recognised in this way. We had a record-breaking entry in 2018 and both the scale and quality of that entry illustrates the strength of the local business sector.”

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