Selective Travel Management Scoops Overall Excellence Award

Seven of Northern Ireland's most ambitious companies and two individuals have been recognised for their achievements at the tenth annual Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Business Awards

The Awards lunch took place on Tuesday May 8 in the palatial surroundings of the Institute of Directors Headquarters on Pall Mall, London and was attended by some of Northern Ireland’s most impressive and innovative companies.

Keith Graham, Managing Director of Selective Travel Management, said: “We have seen massive growth for the company this year and we are very proud that our efforts have been recognised with the Overall Excellence Award.”

Located in the historic Murray’s Exchange in Belfast City Centre, the company employs 114 travel professionals, providing expert support with fully bespoke technological solutions to a customer base spread across the United Kingdom. The last four years has seen their turnover grow by 68 per cent from £29.4m to £49.5m.

Keith explained that “first class, 24/7, customer service, latest technology and an exclusive and proactive ‘Duty of Care’ programme have combined to reinforce our business edge and continues to fuel our current success and future growth.”

The winners were:

  • Overall Excellence: Selective Travel Management
  • Business Person of the Year: Cathal Grant, CGDM Construction Ltd
  • Best SME Award: STATSports Group Ltd
  • Innovative of the Year Award: See.Sense
  • Best Business Start-Up: AG Electrical NI Ltd
  • Fast Growth Business Award: FIN TrU Ltd
  • Excellence in Marketing: Babocush
  • Exporter of the Year: Brookvent
  • Lifetime Achievement: Trevor Annon, Mount Charles

Andrea Hunter, Business Development Manager of Aer Lingus NI said: “Aer Lingus is delighted to be at the helm of these very prestigious business awards again this year, to celebrate genuine innovation and to connect businesses with opportunities globally every day via our Belfast City to Heathrow route and to Europe and the US from Dublin,” she said.

“Receiving an Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Business Award is a fantastic accolade as the standard of entries was exceptionally high this year and each award was extremely hard fought.

“It’s been a pleasure to select and reward the winning companies and we’re are very much looking forward to hearing about their continued success in the future.”