Special Award for Northern Irish Dairy Chief
Dr David Dobbin, chief executive of Dale Farm, Northern Ireland’s largest dairy company, gained a special recognition for his role in the local business community at the recent Belfast Telegraph Awards, the region’s biggest awards event.
The award to Dr Dobbin was announced at a gala event in Belfast and was the highlight of the awards, sponsored by British Airways and organised by the Belfast Telegraph newspaper, which saw food-based companies come out top in many of the categories.
Dr Dobbin was elected chairman of Dairy UK in 2015. He has extensive international business experience in the food and drink and packaging sectors and is currently group chief executive of United Dairy Farmers, a leading UK dairy processor based in Northern Ireland, which owns Dale Farm.
He has held a number of public and industry appointments including chairman of CBI Northern Ireland and chairman of the Prince’s Trust in Northern Ireland.
Henderson Group of Mallusk, county Antrim was the Overall Business of the Year 2016. The company is the region’s biggest food distributor to retail and foodservice. It owns 80 Spar and Eurospar outlets in Northern Ireland.
Ground Espresso Bars, Coleraine, county Derry won the Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Award. Owning around 30 coffee shops in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the company is the region’s largest locally-owned coffee shop chain.
James Street South, Belfast, a leading restaurant business, gained an award for its Contribution to Hospitality and tourism. The business is owned by top chef Niall McKenna and wife Joanne and has four upmarket restaurants in the Belfast area.
Connaire McGreevy of Warrenpoint, county Down, the founder of Mourne Mountain Craft Brewery, was named Young Businessperson of the Year.
Galgorm Resort Hotel and Spa in Ballymena was gained the award for Excellence in Marketing