Irish News – 9th July 2008
Core Systems leads the way
A BELFAST IT firm has been selected to go head to head with five other businesses from Britain and Northern Ireland as they battle it out for the £10,000 prize at this year’s British Small Business Champions Awards (RSBC).
Core Systems was named Northern Ireland Area Champions after beating off stiff competition from five other specifically selected local firms.
And as well as picking up £1,000 on the night to spend on their business, the North City Business Centre- based company is now in the running to win £10,000 to benefit the firm and be crowned overall winner of the prestigious competition at the national presentation evening to be held at Claridge’s in London on November 21. Organised by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the nationwide competition recognises and rewards thriving businesses throughout Britain and Northern Ireland that are well run and highly regarded by both staff and customers.
Established in 1994 and owned by Patricia O’Hagan, Tommy Maguire and Edward Hanna, Core Systems began life as a work from home business. The firm now employs 24 staff and is looking for bigger premises. Developing niche biometric applications in systems utilising iris and finger print recognition, ranging from biometric logon to confidential systems.
With a number of new appointments in the pipeline and a client base that stretches across Ireland, Britain, America ad Malaysia, the company has established itself as a world leader in its field. “We are overwhelmed to have progressed this far in these highly prestigious awards and are looking forward to attending the main event in November as Northern Ireland Area Champions,” Ms O’Hagan said.