With 32 winners and highly commended across 11 categories, the inaugural Ortus Awards (The Orties) which took place last Thursday (21st June) at the Beechlawn Hotel has been hailed a resounding success.


Hosted by The Ortus Group who are celebrating their 30th year in business, the awards were a celebration of local businesses and individuals within their network. A leading local enterprise agency and social enterprise, The Ortus Group works with hundreds of businesses on an annual basis through their business, property and language services.


The winners and highly commended across the categories where as follows.


Employee of the Year sponsored by People 1st

Winner – Bernard O’Neill – Fingernails2Go

Highly Commended- Jamie Quinn – TRP Services and Martin Black – First Class Blinds and Flooring


Employer of the Year sponsored by UCIT

Winner – People 1st

Highly Commended – Connected Health


Growth Business of the Year sponsored by Bank Of Ireland

Winner- Ardmonagh Family and Community Group

Highly Commended- Connected Health, Little Mexican Deli and Rising Star Designs


Innovator of the Year sponsored by NI Housing Executive

Winner – Connected Health

Highly Commended – Fingernails2Go


Interpreter / Translator of the Year sponsored by OCN NI

Winner – Saeb Sha’ath

Highly Commended – Hau Tran, Jacek Bialczyk, Javid Naveed and Zofia Jackson


Retail Business of the Year sponsored by MTB Solicitors

Winner – FeisFayre

Highly Commended – Martin’s Furnishings


Service Provider of the Year sponsored by Agnew Andress Higgins Solicitors

Small / Medium

Winner – First Class Blinds and Flooring

Highly Commended – David Maxwell Chartered Architects and Emma Lyons Solicitors


Winner – B4B Group

Highly Commended – Ashdown HVAC Controls and S3 Solutions


Social Enterprise / Charity of the Year sponsored by Social Enterprise NI

Winner – Active Communities Network

Highly Commended – Changing Lives Initiative (Colin Neighbourhood Partnership) and Childrens Heartbeat Trust


Start Up Business of the Year sponsored by Enterprise NI

Winner – Sports for Autism

Highly Commended – Above Beyond Cleaning, Carrasco Alonso Designs and Kraken House International


The Ortus Award for Outstanding Contribution To Business

Denis O’Kane, OK Windows

“The Ortus Awards have a been a real success for us in recognising so many inspiring local businesses from across our network. We were overwhelmed with the amount of entries we received from across our network but also the calibre of applications. Each finalist showcased excellent businesses achievements, commitment to staff and customers, and exciting plans for the future. These awards have proved to be an outstanding showcase of true business excellence within our network. Congratulations again to all the finalists, highly commended and winners across each category.”

Sheila Harper

Marketing and Communications Manager, The Ortus Group

For event photos and a full review visit: https://www.ortus.org/the-ortus-awards/