UTV Business Eye Awards 2013: Business Personality of the Year Award

Eleanor McEvoy (centre), CEO of Budget Energy receives the Business Personality of the Year Award from Simon Lilley, Director of Marketing of overall sponsor Flybe. Also pictured are Andrea Hayes, General Manager for Market Development, Flybe (left) and Brenda Buckley, Commercial Director of Business Eye (right). UTV Business Eye Awards 2013: Business Personality of the Year Award Eleanor McEvoy (centre), CEO of Budget Energy receives the Business Personality of the Year Award from Simon Lilley, Director of Marketing of overall sponsor Flybe. Also pictured are Andrea Hayes, General Manager for Market Development, Flybe (left) and Brenda Buckley, Commercial Director of Business Eye (right).

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MEDICAL GROUP TAKES TOP TITLE AT UTV BUSINESS EYE AWARDS

The fast-growing 3fivetwo Group, Northern Ireland's largest private health provider, took the top title of Company of the Year at the 2013 UTV Business Eye Awards with Flybe.

The awards, now in their seventh year, were presented at a gala event held at the Culloden Estate & Spa last night (Thursday 10th October).

3fivetwo Group, which opened the brand new Kingsbridge Private Hospital on Belfast's Lisburn Road less than two years ago, has grown from small beginnings as a Belfast clinic into a multi-million pound turnover operation with 18 sites and 240 employees.

The Chief Executive of another fast-expanding company, Eleanor McEvoy of Budget Energy, was named as Business Personality of the Year. A serial entrepreneur, she has guided the rapid growth of the Derry-based electricity provider which has doubled its customer base in less than 12 months.

Other key winners on the night included SME of the Year Elmgrove Foods, an innovative Dungannon-based meat processing firm, and International Award winner Lagan Construction, one of our leading building firms and responsible for major projects worldwide.

Jarek Zasadzinski, the 33-year old Chief Executive at Tyrone packaging manufacturing company  Greiner Packaging was the winner of the hotly-contested Young Business Personality of the Year category, while contact centre group Firstsource Solutions took the Employer of the Year Award.

Flybe's General Manager for Market Development, Andrea Hayes, a member of the judging panel, commented that the entries for the 2013 awards were stronger than ever.

“We were delighted with the all-round quality of the entries, and the Awards once again produced some excellent winners, both individuals and organisations.”

Michael Wilson, Managing Director of UTV Television, said:

“The calibre of entries for this year's awards show that there are plenty of ambitious, confident and well led companies operating in Northern Ireland. UTV is delighted once again to recognise and celebrate these top achievers and organisations in such a positive way. These awards represent all that is good about business in Northern Ireland and it is great to see growth and success in so many sectors in spite of the tough times.”

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