BEFTAs 2018 – A Record-Breaking Year as Shortlist Announced

BEFTAs 2018

2018 is set to be a record-breaking year for the annual BEFTAs – the new name for the UTV Business Eye Awards – which have been revamped as a result of the partnership between Business Eye and lead sponsor, First Trust Bank.

The total number of entries for the 2018 Awards, across 18 categories, is by far the biggest volume received during the 14-year history of Northern Ireland’s leading business awards.

Across every category, the judging panel were faced with a difficult choice to make between high quality submissions according to Richard Buckley, Editor of Business Eye, who said;  “The step up in both quantity and quality this year is dramatic. In some categories, our judging panel faced an almost impossible task to differentiate between exceptional entries from some of our very best home-grown businesses. The quality, and the quantity, of entries is reflected in the comprehensive shortlist for this year’s BEFTA  Awards.”

The 2018 judging panel sat down at The Resolution Centre, a meeting facility based at The Boat on Belfast’s Donegall Quay, to make the tough calls for this year’s awards. The event will take place on Thursday, 22nd November, at ICC Belfast, the new name for the Belfast Waterfront Conference Centre.

Fellow judge, Ann McSorley, Head of Corporate at First Trust Bank added;  “After supporting the small business awards for the past four years, acknowledging the best and brightest business owners and entrepreneurs from our small business community, it was only natural to join Business Eye in celebrating growth across our business community as a whole.  The high calibre of entries from every sector and corner of Northern Ireland made for a lively and difficult discussions for the judges, but we were all left with a great sense of optimism after discovering undeniable levels of passion, innovation and growth locally. We offer our congratulations to all those who made it onto the shortlist and look forward to celebrating the leaders in our business community at the new-look BEFTA awards later this month.”

A limited number of tables are still available for what promises to be a sparkling awards event attended by upwards of 600 of the great and good from Northern Ireland’s business community. In addition to the awards, hosted by Marc Mallett, guests will be entertained on the night by Scotland’s Drums n’ Roses and Re-Take That, the UK and Ireland’s top Take That tribute band.

To book your table, visit



Agri Food Innovation Award

Keenan Seafood

Around Noon

Davison Canners

Business Personality of the Year

Tina McKenzie

Glyn Roberts

James Hagan

Mairead Mackle

Judith Totten

Peter Johnston

Community (CSR) Award

Power NI

Killowen Contracts


George Best Belfast City Airport

LIDL Northern Ireland

ATG Group

Homecare Independent Living

Musgrave NI

Waste Reduction Project of the Year

Titanic FX


Carriages Bistro

ATG Group

Employer of the Year


The Momentum Group

Action Cancer


Lidl NI

Pinsent Masons

Automated Intelligence

Axiom Global



Executive Support Professional of the Year

Kim McClelland, Momentum Group

Janine Smalls, HCIL

Fran Devenney, Pinsent Masons

Kathy Hanna, Oasis Travel

Tourism/Hospitality Project of the Year

Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

Andras House Group

We Are Vertigo

Family Business of the Year

Mash Direct

Killowen Contracts

Mercury Security

MJ Kane & Co

Wilsons Auctions

ATG Group

TS Foods

Fast Growth Business of the Year

Selective Travel Management


Davison Canners

Frank & Honest Gourmet Coffee (Musgrave)

CTS Projects


PAC (Process Automation & Calibration)

Technology Company of the Year

Henderson Technology

Audit Comply

Lava Group

First Derivatives


Automated Intelligence

Decision Time

Manufacturer of the Year


KES Group

Icemos Technology

Denroy Plastics

TS Foods

BMI Trailers


Exporter of the Year

Salt DNA



PWC Operate

Icemos Technology

Pure Fit Out

Medium/Mid-Sized Business of the Year

Killowen Contracts

Selective Travel Management

BMI Trailers

PKF-FPM Accountants


Willis Insurance & Risk Management

Professional Services Firm of the Year

Fairstone Financial Management NI



A&L Goodbody

The Momentum Group

Pinsent Masons

Lowry Grace Consulting

MCL Waste Management

Amplifi Solutions

Research & Development project of the Year

Bloc Blinds

Belfast City Centre Management

Obbi Solutions Ltd

ATG Services

Innovative Business of The Year

Salt DNA




Performance Alloys


Wilsons Auctions


Young Business Personality of the Year

Adam Gilmore, AG Electrical

Maire Claire Reid, TST Transport

Conor Cole, Cole Groundwork Contracts

Connor McCandless, Energystore

Andrew Davis, 77 Retail

Shauna Collins, Catalyst Inc

Chris Rankin, Precept IT

Paul Redpath, Catalyst 2

Gavin Halpin, Paper Owl Films

Company of the Year

Musgrave NI

Lidl NI


Wilsons Auctions

PKF-FPM Accountants


Salt DNA

HCIL (Homecare Independent Living)

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