Celebrations as Heron Bros. crowned NI Responsible Company of the Year

Draperstown construction firm Heron Bros. named NI Responsible Company of the Year at Business in the Community’s 2018 Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland

Draperstown construction firm Heron Bros. named NI Responsible Company of the Year at Business in the Community’s 2018 Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland

Leading construction company, Heron Bros., was crowned NI Responsible Company of the Year at the Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland on Thursday 24 May at Belfast Waterfront Hall.

More than 470 business people from across Northern Ireland attended the glittering gala dinner to see Northern Ireland’s leading responsible companies recognised for their outstanding contributions to their people, the planet and the places where they operate.

Now in its thirteenth year, the black-tie event run by Business in the Community, has become one of the most eagerly anticipated awards ceremonies in the Northern Ireland business calendar.

Supported by JP Corry, and in association with Ulster Business Magazine, the annual awards celebrate firms that are making a difference by taking practical action to address pressing social and environmental issues – transforming communities and changing lives. The 2018 winners were:

  • NI Responsible Company of the Year, sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport – Heron Bros.
  • Building Stronger Communities, sponsored by Department for Communities Homecare Independent Living  
  • Digital Champion Award, sponsored by Fujitsu – Lidl Northern Ireland
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award, sponsored by Barclays – Pinsent Masons
  • Education Award, sponsored by Allen & Overy – Westrock-MPS
  • Employability Champion, sponsored by Belfast Harbour – BT
  • Environmental Leadership, sponsored by Arthur Cox – Farrans Construction
  • Marketplace Leadership Devenish Nutrition
  • One-to-Watch, sponsored by Survitec Group – Devenish Nutrition
  • Wellbeing at Work, sponsored by Larne Port – Baker McKenzie

Moya Johnston MBE, Chair, Business in the Community NI and Vice President OEM, Survitec Group said: “Northern Ireland is home to some of the most innovative and responsible businesses in the UK, and the Northern Ireland Responsible Business Awards are a fantastic platform to showcase what they are doing.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate each and every one of our winners, and those who were shortlisted, for leading the way in responsible business practice. The standard for entries was exceptional. We are proud to champion responsible business through our awards, and I hope that the achievements of the winning companies will inspire others to go above and beyond for their people, the planet, and the places in which they operate.”


This year, the theme of the evening was diversity and inclusion. Keynote speaker, Baroness Floella Benjamin, challenged the audience to think about diversity. Best known for her role in Playschool, Floella was born in Trinidad and came to England when she was 10 years old. Now a member of the House of Lords, Baroness Benjamin campaigns for children’s rights and runs a number of programmes to encourage diversity and inclusion.

Hosted by Barra Best and Tara Mills, guests at the black-tie event were treated to a magical performance of ‘A Million Dreams’ by children from the Belfast School of Performing Arts, choreographed by Peter Corry; followed by a striking display by Sparklers LED Drummers after the meal.

To find out more about this year’s winners, please visit: www.bitcni.org.uk