Small Business Awards celebrations for two Carrick firms

Warren Hanley, Jacqui Gray, Joanne Liddle and James Williamson, from IPC Mouldings in Carrick, which took the Manufacturing Business of the Year title. It was presented by Gerry May from category sponsors Forde May Consulting. INCT 24-701-CON

Warren Hanley, Jacqui Gray, Joanne Liddle and James Williamson, from IPC Mouldings in Carrick, which took the Manufacturing Business of the Year title. It was presented by Gerry May from category sponsors Forde May Consulting. INCT 24-701-CON

Carrickfergus companies have enjoyed success at the Business Eye First Trust Bank Small Business Awards.

Composites specialists IPC Mouldings claimed the title of Manufacturing Business of The Year whilst AC Automation, which provides power generation solutions, won the award for Innovative Business of the Year.

Gary Callaghan (right) from AC Automation, in Carrickfergus, receives the award for Innovative Business of the Year.  It was presented by Stephen Cairns from category sponsors Innov8 Office Interiors. INCT 24-702-CON

Gary Callaghan (right) from AC Automation, in Carrickfergus, receives the award for Innovative Business of the Year. It was presented by Stephen Cairns from category sponsors Innov8 Office Interiors. INCT 24-702-CON

Joanne Liddle, managing director of IPC Mouldings, said: “We are absolutely delighted that we have won the Manufacturer of the Year Award at the First Trust Business Eye Small Business Awards.

“This last year has been a very busy year for the company and although there is no let up in sight, this award goes some way to recognising the hard work and effort we as a team have put in to making us a winning and successful company.”

The awards celebrated Northern Ireland’s top performing businesses with 50 employees or less across 12 different categories.

Des Moore, head of First Trust Bank, said: “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.”