Ozaroo wins the top award and is crowned 'Small Business of the Year' at the fourth annual Business Eye Small Business awards, sponsored by First Trust Bank who said that the judges were wowed by Ozaroo's passion, innovation and customer focused ethos.
The awards ceremony, known as the 'BEFTAs', is the premier awards for small and medium and family-run businesses in Northern Ireland, and was held at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Belfast on 31st May where Chris and Conor Martin were presented the award by Adrian Moynihan, head of First Trust Bank, and Brenda Buckley, commercial director at Business Eye, joined by some of the award-winning team.
Speaking after receiving the award, founder and managing director Chris Martin announced a pay rise for his entire team. He said that the award meant everything to him, and that it is treasured as a token to recognise the years upon years of hard work, passion, dedication and commitment from his team.
The company started-up more than 8 years ago in Chris' bedroom and is still run by Chris and his brother Conor. Together the brothers have grown the company from scratch to become a multi-million pound retail operation and has been named one of the fastest-growing companies for the past 4 years in a row.
Speaking at the 2018 Business Eye First Trust Bank Small Business Awards, Head of Business Banking at First Trust Bank, Seamus McGuckin, said:
“Northern Ireland’s small business community, which together with medium businesses and self-employed people account for more than 75% of turnover across NI’s private sector, should be immensely proud. If it wasn’t for their contribution, Northern Ireland as a region and as an economy would not be fairing as well as it is in light of ongoing economic and political uncertainty. The innovation, dedication and creativity showcased by this year’s BEFTAs finalists and winners sets an example to our future business leaders and upcoming entrepreneurs and we are proud to shine a spotlight on their operations. While each business is different, all the winners share a number of common denominators - agility, resilience, innovation and a focus on open, honest customer service. I offer my congratulations to all the entrants and winners and look forward to seeing how their businesses develop over the coming years.”
There was strong competition in the category for the main award from other leading Northern Irish companies including Glandore, Braidwater, Marine Hotel, Mascott Construction, Simon Brien Residential, Hagan Homes, Nimbus, The Momentum Group and Hannaway CA.
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