Eight businesses from across the country rewarded for business success
County Down based company, TG Eakin Ltd, has been crowned the ‘Ulster Bank Business Achiever 2011’ at the national final of the awards, which took place at the Mansion House, Dublin last night – Thursday, 19th April. The awards, now in their 18th year, are in association with the Irish Independent, Enterprise Ireland and InterTradeIreland.
TG Eakin Ltd. manufactures medical devices for the ostomy and woundcare industry. These products are then distributed to 36 countries worldwide.
The company was founded in 1974 by Tom Eakin, who is still Chairman of the Eakin Group. His two sons, Jeremy and Paul Eakin now manage the business with Jeremy as Managing Director of TG Eakin Ltd and Paul as Managing Director of Pelican Healthcare Ltd – a sister company in the Group. TG Eakin Ltd has grown into a hugely successful company with a turnover of over £23 million in 2011.
Each year, TG Eakin Ltd enhance their geographic reach and within the past 5 years, have set up new distribution channels in India, Poland, Hungary, Iran, Slovakia, Croatia, Italy, Romania, Czech Republic, South Korea, Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Receiving the Ulster Bank Business Achiever 2011 Award, Barbara-Ann Hitchens from TG Eakin, said: “We are delighted to have been named Ulster Bank Business Achiever 2011 and winner of the International Business Award. This is a huge boost for the company and our dedicated staff – without whom, this would not be possible. Each person in TG Eakin plays an integral role in the company’s success and continued development. I would like to accept this award on their behalf.”
Along with TG Eakin Ltd, seven other leading businesses from across the country were named national winners in their individual award categories.
**The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards national winners are as follows:
- Innovation & Emerging Technology Award – Cupprint Ltd, Clare
- International Business Award – TG Eakin Ltd, Down
- Social Entrepreneurship Award – Pieta House C.P.S.O.S, Dublin
- Best Business Start-up Award – Budget Energy, Derry
- Family Run Business Award – O’Connell Group, Cork
- Green Business Award – Joule, Dublin
- Agriculture, Food & Drink Award – Clonakilty Blackpudding Ltd, Cork
- Service Business Award – Millmount Healthcare, Meath
Speaking at the national final awards ceremony, David Thomas, Managing Director of Corporate Markets, Ulster Bank said: “The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards recognise and reward business success. This year’s 32 national finalists represent 13 counties, employing over 2,000 people and have a combined annual turnover of over €190 million. We see the incredible results stemming from SMEs across the country and we are wholly committed to supporting this sector. Our award winners are an inspiration to businesses throughout the island. I would like to congratulate them and I wish them every success in their future endeavours.”
Due to the high standard of entries and level of competition in the 2011 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, a ‘Judges Special Recognition Award’ was presented to Tara Haughton of Rosso Solini for her innovative design and setting the standard for youth entrepreneurship. Established in 2010 by then Transition Year student, Tara, Rosso Solini sells high-heel makeover kits with coloured soles – giving shoes a designer look and enabling women to match their soles to an outfit.
The Ulster Bank Business Achiever 2011, TG Eakin Limited, will receive a comprehensive reward package including a publishing bursary with the Irish Independent, business mentoring, a full service communications workshop, as well as national and regional PR opportunities.
For further information on the 2011 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards and award winners, go to www.businessachieversaward.com