The Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards 2019

Kate Livingston Events

On the 13th June 2019, following over 6 months of intensive planning, the 13th Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards took place at Titanic Belfast.

The MCE Events team was involved in every element of planning including the launch event in February, the ‘Writing a Winning Application’ workshop in March and the running of the spectacular event in Titanic Belfast. 

This year’s awards initiative shattered all previous records, with the highest ever total of entries at almost 200, including 40 who were completely new to the process, and with over 600 seats sold, it was the largest ever number of guests at the gala dinner.

Close to 100 organisations were represented on the night, ranging from sole traders to major corporations employing thousands of staff, with the common denominator being that, whether they are large or small, they are absolutely determined to achieve the best possible standards and focus on their most valuable asset, their people.

Cork-born entrepreneur Darragh McCarthy, founder of fast-growth financial services group FinTrU, delivered an inspiring address, focusing on how his business grows and nurtures its talented workforce.

The evening, which was co hosted by BBC presenter Karen Patterson and comedian Tim McGarry, included a number of musical interludes, featuring Thornhill College in Derry, recent winners of the BBC School Choir of the Year, and singer-songwriter Ryan McMullan, described by Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody as “the voice of an angel – one of the most exciting artists to come out of Northern Ireland”.

The Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards have been supported by eight key business partners – Carson McDowell, the Public Health Agency, Henderson Group, Queen’s University, Miller Hospitality, KPMG, Progressive Building Society and venue partner Titanic Belfast.

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“Thank you MCE Events for all your hard work, flexibility and diligence in pulling together a very successful initiative. MCE Events left no stone unturned and thought about details and elements that would never have crossed our minds to ensure the smooth running of the awards ceremony.

We’ve had great feedback from both The Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards 2019 sponsors and guests alike, it has been considered a massive success all round. That’s quite an achievement given the complexity of what we pulled together. It was a pleasure working with you and we look forward to working with you on next year’s event!”

John Brolly, Marketing Manager, The Irish News

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