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We are delighted to announce that the boss man, James has been shortlisted for Belfast Telegraph Young Business Person of the Year Award.

Professor Mark Durkin, executive dean at the Ulster University Business School and chairman of the judging panel, said: “With record entries this year the shortlisting process was not without challenge for the judges.

“There was much in the way of excellent practice across the categories with many entries showing a resilience and adaptability in their business model through the pandemic.

“For the judging panel this spoke to the underlying strength of the business sector in NI.”

Kenton Hilman, head of corporate and property banking at Ulster Bank NI, said: “Each of the companies shortlisted has demonstrated impressive levels of innovation and ingenuity and represent the kind of entrepreneurial spirit which has become synonymous with the NI business community.

“After a challenging year for businesses, there has never been a better time to champion their work and recognise the diverse range of talent and expertise spread among SMEs, family firms and larger companies, which will be of vital importance as we look towards economic recovery. I’d like to congratulate each of the shortlisted companies and individuals.”

Neil Gibson, chief economist of EY Ireland, a member of the judging panel, said: ““The shortlisting and judging process of the Belfast Telegraph Business of the Year awards is always a highlight of the year for me. The versatility, resilience and ingenuity shown by business of all sectors and sizes, and from all parts of NI, made this year even more memorable.” 

LoveBallymena interviewed James after the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards 2021 finalists had been revealed:

“I am completely and utterly over the moon at today’s news of the shortlisting.

“It has been a challenging year in so many ways, but we have been very fortunate that Northern Ireland businesses have embraced digital technology and have used it as a tool to grow and pivot their businesses.”

James concluded: “To be recognised amongst the best young business people in Northern Ireland is so very humbling and something I am very grateful for.”

Read the full interview here.