New class of business leaders honoured on The Hill of the O’Neill
DUNGANNON’S historic Hill of the O’Neill welcomed a new class of leaders at Wednesday night’s glittering Mid-Ulster Business Awards 2012, which saw an “elite club” of the area’s most successful industry representatives honoured for their achievements.
Set in the captivating location which was coveted for its strategic importance in Ulster, the awards ceremony formed a key part of the Festival of the Hill celebrations which were launched to showcase the town’s landmark tourism and culture project.
As well as councillors and officials from Dungannon and Cookstown Councils, the event was attended by Minister for Regional Development, Danny Kennedy, and representatives from the main sponsors – Northern Bank , Cavanagh Kelly, First Trust Bank, Invest Northern Ireland, ASM Chartered Accountants, Ulster Bank, Dungannon and Cookstown Enterprise Centres and Workspace Enterprises Ltd.
Peter Bayne, Regional Editor of the Tyrone Times and Mid Ulster Mail newspapers, which hosted the awards ceremony, told the assembled guests it was a “great honour” that the event was one of only six chosen to headline the week-long Festival on the Hill.
Referring to the historical significance of the venue for the evening, Mr Bayne said: “Many a battle was launched from this site which was coveted for its strategic importance in Ulster.
“Tonight we welcome back to the hill of the O’Neill, a different class of leaders, our modern day business heroes of Tyrone and Mid-Ulster.”
The awards focused on 14 categories, celebrating the best Mid Ulster businesses, with prizes for excellence in technology, innovation, environmental impact and customer service presented.
Former French teacher turned successful chartered accountant, Sean Cavanagh of Cavanagh Kelly, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by his nephew, Tyrone footballer, also named Sean, who paid tribute to his work with local community organisations and sterling support for the GAA in his area.
Mr Bayne said judges had uncovered a number of attributes which gave the overall winners “that little edge over their competitors”, including individuality, ambition and belief, humility, adaptability and foresight.
The Regional Editor said businesses in Mid Ulster had consistently shown a resilience and belief, which had proven vital during recent periods of economic hardship.
As well as thanking the awards sponsors, Mr Bayne acknowledged the efforts of fellow judges, Mark Bain (Deputy Editor of Tyrone Times and Mid Ulster Mail), Ciaran Higgins of Cookstown Enterprise Centre, and David Marshall, Northern Bank, as well as the Marketing Team within Johnston Press.
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