THE great and good of the business sector in Mid-Ulster were honoured for their achievements at a glittering gala, held in the plush surroundings of the Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown.
The chairman and chief executive of McAleer & Rushe, Seamus McAleer and Eamonn Laverty received a standing ovation when they received The Lifetime Achievement Award at 2013 The Mid Ulster Business Awards.
Seamus and Eamonn who have led the group, since the company was founded as a housebuilder in 1969. They have presided over continued growth which has seen the company emerge as one of the UK and Ireland’s foremost commercial and residential building contractors and developers. The company developed the glamorous W Hotel in the heart of London’s West End which it sold to the Qataris for £200m in September 2011.
The award ceremony which had 15 different categories recognised the achievements of companies from Cookstown, Magherafelt and Dungannon council areas. Nearby building products company Keystone Group, won the Excellence in People Development Award.
Seamus McAleer said:
“Eamonn and I were very honoured to have won such a prestigious award as Mid Ulster is truly a business hub to be reckoned with. But it would be fairer to say the award represents recognition for all the great people we work with who have built up McAleer & Rushe’s fine reputation for delivering excellence.”
Mid Ulster DUP MLA, Ian McCrea congratulated all the businesses who took part. Speaking after the awards, Ian McCrea said:
“I am delighted that so many of our businesses in Mid Ulster received justified recognition of the hard work and dedication that they have put in to making their enterprises a success”.
“The Mid Ulster Business Awards, in just three years, are firmly established as ‘the Oscars’ within the Business fraternity. The entries were of the highest standard once again which made picking the winners all the more difficult for the judging panel.”
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