Bryson Charitable Group Among Island’s Top Business Achievers

The Bryson Group is delighted to be awarded the “Social Enterprise Award”  in the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards

Pictured at the presentation of the Social Enterprise Award were (L – R): Margaret Hearty, IntertradeIreland, Hugh Crossey, Chair of Bryson Charitable Group, and John McMullan, Chief Executive, Bryson Charitable Group

Local firm secures Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award

Bryson Charitable Group has been named amongst the island’s top achievers in business, crowned at a prestigious ceremony in the Mansion House Hotel, Dublin.

With headquarters in Belfast, the group which operates throughout Northern Ireland secured the Social Enterprise award in the prestigious Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards against stiff competition from companies across all four provinces.

Having already enjoyed success at the Ulster provincial stage of the awards, Bryson Charitable Group continued to impress the high-level panel of judges, delivering 24,000 services daily ranging from recycling projects, to actively support those people living in fuel poverty.

Commenting on the win, John McMullan Chief Executive of Bryson said “We are delighted to be an Ulster Bank Business Achiever as this acknowledges the hard work and drive of our volunteers and staff in Bryson.”“

For us, the award is also recognition of the success of social business in Northern Ireland. The profile we get from winning the award shines a light on Bryson and other organisations operating in this market, and shows that we are a very viable and positive business model making a real contribution to the economy.”

Run in partnership with Invest NI, InterTradeIreland, the Belfast Telegraph and, the awards recognise the achievements of companies from across the island in a wide range of sectors.

This year’s full list of winners were;  

· Small Business: AJ Power Limited, Ulster 
· Social Enterprise: Bryson Charitable Group, Ulster 
· Food & Drink: Finnebrogue, Ulster 
· Business Start Up: Rye River Brewing Company, Leinster 
· Established SME: LotusWorks, Connacht 
· International Business: Netwatch, Leinster 
· Agri Business: Wood Energy Solutions, Munster 
· Women Led Business: Specialised Sterile Environment, Connacht 
· National Award: Chanelle Group, Connacht 
· People’s Choice: Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, Munster

Paying tribute to the winners, Richard Donnan, Head of Ulster Bank Northern Ireland, said: “I am delighted that three Ulster companies have been named as winners in the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, proving yet again the calibre of companies we are producing locally.

”“The judges said that the quality as well as the quantity of entries this year was outstanding, so the 2015 winners can be exceptionally proud of what they have achieved. We see daily the hard-work and commitment to success among local businesses, so we are thrilled to give them the opportunity to recognise and share their accomplishments on a public platform. Extremely well done to AJ Power, Bryson Charitable Group and Finnebrogue,” he continues.

“As we get ready to launch our Entrepreneurial Spark hub in Belfast early next year, this is the kind of entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to innovation and improvement that we want to help develop and promote,” he adds.

Companies were also judged on their ability to demonstrate strong financial performance and a flair for innovation, indicate company milestones and achievements and outline strategies for future business development.

In recognition of their success, winners each received an award trophy and significant marketing opportunities including a specially commissioned company video and a prominent profile page on the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards website.

For more information on each of the winners and the awards scheme, including details of how to enter for 2016, visit

See below some of the staff in Bryson celebrating the award:

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