MJM Group triumphed at last night’s Belfast Telegraph Business Awards by winning Overall Business of the Year on top of the Excellence in Export category.

Chief Executive Gary Annett and Chairman Brian McConville, along with Conleth McConville and Naoimh McConville, attended a glittering ceremony in Belfast.

Gary said: “This unprecedented growth has been achieved thanks to the professionalism of a skilled specialist workforce, combined with a deep commitment to the core values which has sustained the company’s success. We would not have won this outstanding award, or be where we are today as a successful exporter, without our people. We are very proud they have helped put us on the global map – this honour belongs to everyone at MJM Group.”

The event, hosted by BBC journalist Wendy Austin, was attended by 350 of the brightest and best talents from the Northern Ireland business world.

Economist John Simpson, chair of the judging panel, said: “The theme of the selection of MJM must be the impressive nature of the achievements of the business in a complex and competitive market. The success of MJM confirms that a local company can gain contracts in a worldwide contract marketplace. The evidence of success builds on the supply of special skills against demanding delivery schedules in different locations. The business combines the requirements of skilled labour, successful design specifications, sourcing and delivery of materials, and work flow management, at contract prices that have proved profitable. As an export-related business this success is a demonstrable achievement for a Northern Ireland-based firm which helps to sustain our reputation for success in many diverse sectors.”

Judges heard that MJM Group recorded more than £60m in turnover in 2016, has increased employment by 25% and has secured substantial contracts all over the world with some of the world’s largest cruise companies..