Entrepreneurial spirit

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ONE of five local Northern Ireland firms, Hutchinson Engineering, has been shortlisted in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 programme.

The event which is one of the biggest all Ireland businesscompetition champions the spirit of entrepreneurship across Ireland - and the winner of the Ireland heat will go forward to compete in next year’s global competition.

Managing Director, Mark Hutchinson, is nominated for his work as a leading laser cutting specialist and a high quality supplier of laser cutting, folding, fabrication, kitting and design services to the aerospace, agriculture, construction, energy, materials handling, medical, and transport sectors across Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Great Britain.

Commenting on the nomination, Mark Hutchinson, Managing Director, Hutchinson Engineering said, “I’m bowled over by this nomination. I never thought of myself as of an entrepreneur but I’m delighted to see that I and Hutchinson Engineering have received this wonderful accolade.

“It is an absolute honour to be one of 24 finalists who will join a group of 110 entrepreneurs, all previous finalists and winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme, for a week-long CEO Retreat taking place in Seattle and Vancouver.”

The company, recently launched a specialist division, Hutchinson AeroTech, based in Antrim, with the aim of becoming a leader in the machining and supply of stainless steel and titanium processing for the aerospace sector and the group also includes H360 Ltd an innovative design engineering provider.

The winners from each of the three categories as well as the overall winner will be announced at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Awards Gala taking place in Dublin on October 23rd. The overall winner will then go on to the World Entrepreneur Of The Year in Monte Carlo in 2015.