Posted on Thursday 12 September 2013 by Ulster Business
Ulster Carpets sells to luxury hotels in Paris, Dubai and Las Vegas.
Ulster Carpet Mills was one of 700 UK-wide nominations for a Private Business award, competing with leading national and regional companies, family businesses and social enterprises.
The company employs 500 people and is known as a world leader in the manufacture and export of high-quality carpets for sale to the world's most prestigious hotels, casinos and cruise liners, as well as the export of commercial and domestic carpeting.
The judges recognised Ulster Carpet Mills' performance in exporting over three-quarters of its luxury carpet production to customers including some of the world's leading venues, like the Paris Ritz, the Burj Arab hotel in Dubai, as well as casinos in Monte Carlo and Las Vegas.
More than 70% of the company's sales now go to export markets.
Two other Northern Ireland organisations were shortlisted for awards; CDE, the Cookstown-based specialist quarry and mining machinery manufacturer was shortlisted for Exporter of the Year and the East Belfast Mission shortlisted for Social Enterprise of the Year.
The awards, which were set up in 2011 to celebrate the best in the private business sector and to underline its importance to the UK economy, are sponsored by PwC, in association with HSBC Private Bank.
Congratulating Ulster Carpet Mills on becoming the UK's top private export business, Kevin MacAllister, partner and private sector leader with PwC in Northern Ireland, said: "To have three Northern Ireland organisations make the final was a remarkable achievement, and for two to be nominated in the Exporter of the Year category says much about the resilience of the region's manufacturing sector.
"Ulster Carpet Mills is an example to companies throughout the UK of how innovation and market focus can help create a global, internationally competitive business.
"This is a great win for the company, its management and workforce and everyone in the Northern Ireland business community should be rightly proud of this award."
It is the second year where a Northern Ireland business has triumphed in the Private Business Awards. In 2012, Belfast-based Bryson Charitable Group was named Social Enterprise of the Year.