Kerry Group and Dermot Desmond among winners at B & F Awards for Irish Businesses PDF Print E-mail

Glenilen Farm, Kerry Group, Dr Pearse Lyons, Dermot Desmond and Duncan Niederauer were all honoured on the night to fhte 18th of December 2012 at the 38th Business & Finance Awards for Irish Business, which were attended by 800 guests at the Convention Centre Dublin last night.

Glenilen Farm won the Enterprise of the Year (New Business Category) award, while Ventisys was given a special recognition award. The other shortlisted companies in the category were Island Shipping, Sky Frame Builders and Voya.

Tralee-headquartered Kerry Group, which employs 24,000 people around the world and generates annual revenues of €5.3bn, was named Company of the Year. Other shortlisted companies for this award were Aer Lingus, First Derivatives, Openet, Paddy Power, PCH International, Providence Resources plc and Smurfit Kappa Group.

The Business Person of the Year was named as Dr T Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech, a global animal health company that employs more than 2,800 people and conducts business in 128 countries throughout the world. Founded in 1980, the company has grown to annual sales of approximately US$700m.

 The award for Outstanding Contribution to Ireland went to Dermot Desmond for his conception and instigation of the International Financial Services Centre which is 25 years old this year and where 30,000 people are currently employed.

 Finally, Duncan Niederauer, CEO of the New York Stock Exchange Euronext, which has created over 600 jobs at a centre of excellence  in Belfast through its subsidiary NYSE Technologies, won the Outstanding Economic Contribution Award.