Northern Ireland's largest IT Company, Allstate Northern Ireland, were among the big winners at the 2015 Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards in Titanic Belfast.
AllstateNI claimed two category victories at the lavish bash attended by more than 550 people, including Dr Stephen Farry, Minister at the Department for Learning and Employment, a long-time supporter of the initiative.
Allstate, which has picked up a number of accolades during the nine years of the Workplace & Employment Awards, won the Career Inspiration Award and also added the Global Team Award, a new category introduced this year to reflect the sterling work companies in Northern Ireland are doing overseas.
DEL Minister Dr Farry said:
"The aims of the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards go hand in hand with the direction set out in my Department's Skills Strategy for Northern Ireland, and I'm delighted to be continuing our long association with this initiative."
The ceremony was compered by BBC presented Karen Patterson, with input from Dundrum-born comedian Paddy Kielty, who later regaled the audience with an irreverent stand-up routine. The after-dinner speaker was Fintan Drury, chief executive of sports management business Platinum One, who has worked with a raft of internationally-known stars in the world of golf, rugby and football.
A full list of winners and pictures from the gala presentation dinner can be viewed at www.irishnews.com/wea.
See the special 32-page Workplace & Employment Awards supplement in next Thursday's Irish News.