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Six from Northern Ireland make it through to EY Entrepreneur of the Year final

Rob Heron, partner lead for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme in Northern Ireland, alongside finalist Dr Roisin Molloy (TriMedika). Picture: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye
Gary McDonald Business Editor

THE heads of six Northern Ireland companies have been included on the short list for the 24th running of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

They were selected from more than 120 nominations by an independent judging panel chaired by 2006 winner Anne Heraty, chief executive of CPL Resources.

The awards programme works to recognise, promote and build a supportive community around Ireland’s high-growth entrepreneurs.

Named in the emerging category is Dr Roisin Molloy from TriMedika, which designs, develops, manufactures and distributes innovative medical devices to hospitals all over the world.

Among the finalists in the industry category are David Henderson from Tobermore Concrete; Dominic Walsh from Hospital Services Limited; Joseph Doherty at Regen Waste; and Jim Darragh, from Total Mobile.

And among those named in the international category are Brian and Jackie Reid from Co Down artisan food-to-go firm Deli Lites.

The short listed entrepreneurs represent a large number of sectors including retail, consumer, technology, health and leisure, and their companies generate combined annual revenues in excess of £1 billion.

Roger Wallace, partner lead for the Entrepreneur of the Year programme, said: “This year’s finalists highlight the vibrant diversity of the entrepreneurial landscape across the island of Ireland, with sectors including technology, consumer, leisure and healthcare all represented, as well as our highest ever proportion of female finalists which is great to see.”

The 24 finalists will learn their fate at an awards ceremony in Dublin in November, with the winner going on to represent Ireland at World Entrepreneur of the Year finals in June 2022.

Northern Ireland has provided four overall winners in the past, including Dr Peter FitzGerald (Randox), Brendan Mooney (Kainos), the late Brian Conlon (First Derivatives) and, most recently, Richard Kennedy, chief executive of global agri-tech company Devenish.

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