Mulholland Motors Group is number one at keeping it in the family

Mulholland Group marketing manager Ryan Forsythe receives the company's award at a ceremony in London

AWARD-winning Randalstown-based independent car dealer the John Mulholland Motor Group has been named as the Irish regional winner of the UK National Family Business Awards at a glitzy awards ceremony in London's Wembley Stadium.

It follows the success of the dealership ( in winning the Skoda Retailer of the Year accolade in March.

The National Family Business Awards (previously the Red Ribbon Awards) seek to discover and recognise the most outstanding family businesses throughout all four corners of the UK and Ireland.

Mulholland Group marketing manager Ryan Forsythe said: "It was an absolute pleasure to represent the family and accept this award on their behalf at Wembley.

"Having worked for the Mulholland Motor Group for most of my professional career I can testify to the family ethos instilled within the business, through our staff and ultimately the most important members of our family - our customers."

The award was sponsored by the British & Irish Trading Alliance and presented by it executive director Diane Birch, who said the judges immediately felt drawn to John Mulholland Motors.

"John spoke about the foundations of his business being integrity, honesty, the value of someone’s word, and the importance of a meritocracy. These are values we ourselves hold in great esteem and we were proud to present them with the Ireland and Northern Ireland Judges' Choice Award for Best Family Business."

The group's managing director John Mulholland said: "This is a fantastic achievement for us to be voted the number one Family Business in Ireland. A huge thank you must go to our amazing staff who continually strive to offer outstanding customer service, and of course to our loyal customers.

"We’ve sold cars to three generations of the same family. Having customers come back time after time means you get to know them and their families and I think they like dealing with the familiarity of dealing with a family run business too."

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