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Business Achievers – Company Profiles


Multihog Ltd manufactures a range of multipurpose implement carriers designed to target the airport, highway and groundscare maintenance market. The company was formed by Jim McAdam and his daughter Ruth McAdam in 2008 after identifying a niche in the market for a heavy duty vehicle capable of carrying out numerous applications all year round. Multihog Ltd designs and manufactures their range of vehicles at their production facility in Dundalk and are exporting all across Europe.

The Multihog vehicles can be used for an endless array of applications including snow ploughing, salt spreading, asphalt planing and white line removal.  The ability of the Multihog vehicle to remain operational all year round provides the end user with a financially justifiable all year round solution for all maintenance applications.  The Multihog greatly increases product utilization, minimises machine operating costs, reduces labour requirements and provides a safer working environment for the operator.

Multihog were winners of the Leinster Best Business Start up award in 2010. The company has since grown to a team of over 35 and has won new contracts in the domestic and international markets. Multihog have re-entered the awards this year and we wish them the very best of luck in the 2011 Business Achievers Awards.


Nostra Systems

Nostra Technologies Limited was founded in 2007 by Kevin O’ Loughlin. The business achieved a turnover of just under €1 Million in its first year of trading. Nostra Systems is an innovative business which has a clear focus. Reduction of technology in its client’s offices linked with a reduction in costs.

Nostra manage clients both large and small across Ireland and the UK. Its clients range from Image Magazine and the Talbot Hotel group to Boyle Sports and Dawn Foods. Nostra is a rapidly expanding business which has built a reputation of advising clients on what’s best for them and introducing new technologies rather than going with the old and familiar.

Nostra is the leader in Ireland in Cloud technology and began selling cloud in 2008, before it was even known as Cloud technology. Nostra currently manages the IT for over 100 companies and has one of the highest qualified IT teams in the market. Nostra has a base of only Senior engineers meaning that it can deliver on its biggest promise, the now famous “30 Minute response guarantee”.

Nostra has proven itself to be a dynamic player in IT and continues to review, manage and deliver the best service to its clients. Most of the new business in Nostra comes from referral from its existing clients which is a testament to how the business operates. In 2008 Nostra was awarded the Leinster Best Business Start Up Award.



The Irish family owned business Brambles Café Ltd opened its first outlet in conjunction with Rathfarnham Castle in 1995 by Maeve and Ciaran Reid. Since then the company has become a growing food and catering business within the marketplace. In 2004 Brambles had 5 cafés and a turnover of €2.5 million each year. Now Brambles has a network of over 20 cafes and employs over 180 full and part time staff.

Brambles epitomize everything positive there is with a Successful Food Business. With the whole family having been involved from the inception each member has been instrumental in all the success achieved from the past 10 years. They have created a niche area within the market as they are not overly reliant on one sector of the market, but span across all demographics with a large range of food and catering business within the marketplace.

This family business has gained a well-earned reputation for providing high-quality food and dedicated service from start to finish. Brambles’ is the premier one-stop-shop for corporate and social events.

In 2009, Brambles was awarded the ‘Agriculture, Food & Drink Award’ In Leinster. More recently Maeve Reid represented the company during our creative shoot for this year’s Business Achievers Awards.


Ace Express Freight

Ace Express Freight, established by Philip and Julie Tracey in 1989, is one of the largest family owned freight forwarding businesses in Ireland. With offices in Ireland, the UK and the Far East, Ace Express Freight specialises in road freight, nationwide distribution, sea freight services, airfreight, logistics and same day transport.

As the business continued to grow, the company opened up an office within the UK and developed strategic alliances with a number of key players within the UK. Around this time, Philip recognised the need to strengthen the operating management structure, and recruited to a number of key positions from the immediate extended family, specifically Mark Tracey was appointed to the role of Commercial Director, Robert Tracey was appointed to a senior logistics role. There are 8 of the Tracey family involved within the business

Ace Express Freight currently employs 83 people and has become a significant employer in north county Dublin, employing 80% of its staff within a 15km radius.

Speaking about the awards Philip Tracey added “Awards programmes have always been an important part of the Ace Express business and we were thrilled to be awarded the Leinster Family Run Business accolade in 2010. The award recognised the contribution of everyone in the Ace Express business, particularly our family which has been an integral part of the business since 1989.”



Speedpak is a ‘more than profit’ social enterprise operating on Dublin Northside, employing over 50 staff. We provide real work experience, mentoring and training to local long term unemployed people through our two commercial businesses and award winning Workplace Accreditation Model (WAM©) training programme. WAM© is an innovative model of workplace learning where staff receive a qualification that is the equivalent of the Leaving Certificate through working in the organisation.

Commercially we operate as a manufacturing support company specialising in providing customised contract packing and finishing services to industry. We also manufacture and sell a wide range of promotional products, including rosettes, sashes and badges under our Shamrock Rosette brand (

“For us, the business achievers awards have been a very positive experience. Winning the provincial award was a testament to the contribution made over many years by our voluntary board of directors and by the effort and commitment put in by our fantastic staff. The award has been a great motivator for our team and the associated PR and marketing has been very beneficial too.”


Andor Technology

Andor Technology plc. (Andor) is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and operates at the high-value end of the global scientific digital camera market. Andor was setup in 1989 out of Queen’s University in Belfast, and now employs over 260 people in 16 offices worldwide and distributes its products to 10,000 customers in 55 countries.

The principal business of Andor is the development and manufacturing of high performance digital cameras. The company has grown organically and is today the fastest growing company manufacturing high performance digital cameras. Along the way they have pioneered the development of high performance cameras.

The growth and success of Andor has been driven by their simple ethos of maintaining the company focus on innovation, teamwork and customer focus.

Andor were chosen from over 400 businesses to be the Overall Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award winner in 2010.