Welcome to the Northern Ireland FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards! At the 2020 Awards, we crowned 12 fantastic businesses of different shapes and sizes from across various sectors of the economy. We had self-employed businesses showcase their talents alongside established larger businesses with up to 250 employees. The standard was fantastic and this year we hope to celebrate even more great businesses.
WENDY AUSTIN has one of Northern Ireland’s best known voices. A journalist and broadcaster for 45 years, she presented radio and television programmes from Good Morning Ulster to Woman’s Hour and Inside Business for the BBC both in NI and nationwide. Her career started in local newspapers and the Belfast Telegraph, with a short spell in Downtown Radio.
Much in demand as a conference and awards host, Wendy has spent much of the year since she left the BBC working online, like the rest of us, presenting podcasts and webinars for CCEA, Ulster University Business School, and Danske Bank. She’s looking forward to being at an actual event again, with real live people!
My name is Sam Cole and I live in Strabane. I have been a membership advisor for the FSB for 12 years. I mostly cover the west of the Province but over the years I have occasionally covered all parts of Northern Ireland. My contact details are : mobile number 07793519749 .
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FSB Northern Ireland are hosting their Awards at the Crown Plaza Belfast, where the forest meets the river. Set in a lush parkland setting, just 15 minutes from Belfast City Centre.
Awards Final Date Wednesday 13 April 2022
Timings: 12noon Start - until 16:00
Dress Code: Business Attire
We're grateful to our headline and local sponsors who are helping us to keep the FSB Awards free to enter! Find out more about our headline sponsors here and our local sponsors below.
Aldermore Bank, backing people to fulfil life’s hopes and dreams
We champion equality by supporting the exceptions to the rule and getting finance to where it’s needed. We lend the money people save with us, to help small businesses to flourish by growing and creating employment, buying property and purchasing vehicles to get businesses moving.
Our award winning business savings accounts have consistently competitive rates combined with fast and simple account opening online for savings from £1,000.
We operate exclusively online, by phone and through networks.
Aldermore Group is part of FirstRand Group, the largest financial services group in Africa by market capitalisation.
Tyl is more than a merchant acquiring and payments solution. It was developed to bring together simple and transparent payments with market-leading technology to help businesses better serve their customers and communities.
NatWest business banking helps our 1 million customers to grow with confidence, with experts dedicated to giving them the smart tools, skills and specialist support they need to grow sustainably from concept, to start-up, to thriving business.
About NatWest Group
NatWest Group is a relationship bank for a digital world. We champion potential; breaking down barriers and building financial confidence so the 19 million people, families and businesses we serve in communities throughout the UK and Ireland can rebuild and thrive. If our customers succeed, so will we.
FSB Insurance Service was launched by FSB in February 2018 as a Joint Venture, exclusively to serve FSB members. At the heart of the offering are the three key principles of delivering good advice, quality products and good value insurance services. FSB Insurance Service spends time with members to fully understand their needs, sourcing the most suitable product as a traditional insurance broker.
Since launch, FSB Insurance Service has welcomed over 45,000 members to its service and 100% of policyholders would recommend it to other members.
Tilney is an award-winning financial planning and investment company that builds on a heritage of more than 180 years. Our clients include private individuals, families, and professionals.
At Tilney our financial planners help people to achieve their goals. No two clients are the same – our service is personal to the individual. The advice we give could focus on planning for retirement or passing on your money to loved ones.
Some clients may require a comprehensive plan to meet all of their goals and requirements. This will involve looking at every aspect of their finances to understand how advice in one area may affect or depend on others. Whatever shape the financial plan takes, all of the advice we give will be tailored to the individual financial circumstances.
Staffline Recruitment provide innovative and bespoke solutions which improve workforce productivity and efficiency while reducing cost across the total workforce enabling our clients to focus on their core business.
Staffline‘s portfolio of clients extends across all sectors, from public to private and SMEs to large multinationals. By combining our industry leading people, with best in class processes and technology, we are able to deliver tailored, cost effective recruitment solutions and unrivalled service excellence.
Kith & Kin Financial Wellbeing is a Social Enterprise based in Belfast which provides a range of Financial Advice Programmes for Employees in the Workplace and for their Directors.
Financial problems are a major issue in the workplace with research showing that nearly 60% of staff say their Employer does not have a Financial Wellbeing policy that meets their needs.
So linking up with a Social Enterprise to provide Financial Wellbeing helps both the Employee and the Employer, we currently work with a wide range of organisations including the Education Authority, NOW group and NI Water.
Pinnacle Growth Group are specialists in enabling business growth to organisations in the UK and Ireland. Pinnacle Growth Group go above and beyond to add value to clients providing straightforward, honest and reliable advice. We add value by identifying funding opportunities, assist with business planning and strategising for future growth. Pinnacle Growth Group assist with export strategy, accessing new markets, growing sales and client profitability.
Ulster University Business School (UUBS) is a leading centre for entrepreneurial education, research and impact, and the sixth largest Business School in the UK and Ireland.
We are recognised nationally and internationally for our renowned teaching excellence and pioneering research, and are ranked 7th in the UK for research impact.
For over 40 years, UUBS has worked closely with Northern Ireland’s business sector, offering world-class, industry-focused undergraduate, postgraduate, executive education, PhD and customised programmes in Accounting, Business, Hospitality, Innovation, Leadership, Management, Marketing and Strategy – all informed by leading-edge business research.
The impact of our teaching, research and industry engagement contributes significantly to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland and beyond.