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‘The Lagan footprint is deeply rooted throughout this excellent metropolis’

'The Lagan footprint is deeply rooted across this wonderful city’

The 2022 Belfast Chamber Enterprise Awards Lifetime Achievement Award has been gained by building entrepreneur Kevin Lagan.

Mr Lagan is the founding father of Lagan Investments. He began working for the household building enterprise within the Nineteen Sixties serving to to construct it right into a massively profitable enterprise earlier than promoting the enterprise to Breedon plc in 2018. Mr Lagan has additionally served on the board of UTV, Belfast Worldwide Airport and Belfast Harbour Commissioners.

Attended by over 600 of Belfast’s enterprise leaders within the Crowne Plaza resort, Mr Lagan advised the Awards: “On behalf of my late father, who began the enterprise within the early 60s, and my sons who now work alongside me and our loyal and hardworking workers, previous and current, I thank Belfast Chamber and Financial institution of Eire most sincerely for this honour.

“I’m not one to hunt out awards nor am I within the behavior of delivering prolonged speeches – some would possibly say I’m extra a person of actions fairly than phrases and that’s the way in which I prefer it.

“The Lagan household has been an integral a part of the enterprise neighborhood on this nice metropolis for over 50 years. We at the moment are a 3rd technology household enterprise. I’m proud to have been born and raised on this nice Metropolis and the Lagan household roots are deeply entrenched right here – each as employers and as builders.

“Belfast has actually risen from the flames of its previous and with its many high quality buildings, you will see that a connection, whether or not immediately or not directly, to the Lagan title and to our dedication and delight in working in Belfast. From the stone, the bricks or chimney pots, the sand from Lough Neagh, Lagan Cement or our Bitumen within the roads, in some way the Lagan supplies and merchandise will likely be embedded of their constructions. The Lagan footprint is deeply rooted throughout this excellent metropolis.”

Belfast Chamber president Alana Coyle, added: “Belfast Chamber are happy to say that our Awards are about rewarding and recognising one of the best in enterprise in our metropolis. The winners in every of our 22 totally different classes aren’t simply profitable companies creating jobs, producing wealth and increasing into new markets. They’re additionally performing some superb and memorable issues.

“They’re companies just like the winners of this yr’s Enterprise Innovation Award, Re-Vana Therapeutics, who’re on the reducing fringe of enhancing therapy of power eye illnesses and B-Secur – the recipients of the Expertise Enterprise of the 12 months Award – who’re world main in advancing coronary heart well being expertise. The Enterprise Success Award winners FinTrU are an excellent instance of a Belfast enterprise that simply retains rising and rising, and Sensoteq, who gained the Worldwide Commerce and Export Award, are designing and manufacturing wi-fi sensors for distant machine well being monitoring and promoting them everywhere in the globe.

“Because the voice of enterprise in Belfast, we’re pleased with the companies and leaders who mix to make our metropolis’s economic system so vibrant, modern and resilient. We’re delighted to have been in a position to as soon as once more work with our principal sponsor Financial institution of Eire and our different class sponsors to ship a massively profitable Enterprise Awards that recognises and regards one of the best of Belfast enterprise.”

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Lumenstream has raised £400k of seed funding led by Techstart VenturesBelfast Chamber Enterprise Awards 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Kevin Lagan together with Belfast Chamber president Alana Coyle and Paul McClurg, head of enterprise banking Belfast at Financial institution of Eire

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