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NIE Networks is lead sponsor for Northern Ireland’s first Family Business Awards

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9 Feb 2022

Northern Ireland’s leading family-owned businesses are to be recognised in their very own business awards for the first time. The Business Eye Family Business Awards will be staged this May and will be proudly sponsored by NIE Networks.

“Northern Ireland has a really strong family business sector, from some of our very largest companies to a network of SMEs across every sector,” says Business Eye’s Brenda Buckley.

“We feel that the time is right, especially as we emerge from the Covid pandemic, for Northern Ireland’s many family businesses to have their very own awards, and that their achievement can be showcased and recognised."

A planned 14 categories will cover areas such as Manufacturing, Tourism & Hospitality, Retail and Emerging Business, and there will be individual awards aimed at high-achieving family business owners and leaders.
Head of Stakeholder Engagement at lead sponsor of the awards, NIE Networks, Edel Creery, said;

“NIE Networks is honoured to sponsor the inaugural Business Eye Family Business Awards. In what has been a turbulent few years for all businesses, the awards are a fitting opportunity to showcase the resilience of family owned businesses from every sector within Northern Ireland.

“We have such a vibrant family business community here. We know how important it is to support and champion those businesses - it’s something we do every day through our connections and business support work, whether for locally focussed start-ups or those expanding to global export."

“We are looking forward to seeing both up and coming businesses, together with established companies, vying to scoop the top spots and we would encourage all family businesses to enter now.”

For more information or to enter the awards, visit