Boomer News - May '08

Plastics and Construction News and Analysis

Valence Technology Signs Zero Emission Battery Deal

Boomer Excels with Leadership Award

Lisburn-based Boomer Industries, manufacturers in the design and provision of customised PVC extrusions, have been awarded the prestigious Excel Award for business Management and Leadership. Now in its fifth year, the Excel Award is organised by the Management & Leadership Network (MLN) in partnership with the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NICC), in recognition of Management and Leadership excellence in small and medium enterprises (SME’s).

Managing Director, Andrew Robinson, and Human Resources Manager, Janet Little, entered the Award to celebrate the success of Boomer’s major strategy rethink, a process which began following a management buy-out in 2001.

The remodelling of the business deployed initiatives which included a substantial investment for relocation to purpose built premises. The changing physical structure of Boomer was matched with an overhaul of internal processes and an increasingly competitive market.

Andrew Robinson said: “We recognised that a significant part of our transformation had to focus on the development of our people, at every level. This change was not simply a strengthening of skill sets, it has been a shift in culture, building on a strong heritage, and ensuring that our employees are provided with an environment in which they truly feel that they contribute to the ongoing success of the company.”

He added: “This journey hasn’t always been comfortable, or predictable. To guide our team, we implemented management best practice tools such as the EFQM Excellence Model – a self-assessment process designed to optimise strengths and to enhance customer service and satisfaction. Investors in People Accreditation, ISO 9001 and 14001 also contributed as formative structures for specific skills training and team building.”

“The outcome has been a significant rise in turnover, profitability, operational efficiencies, improved morale and a stronger strategic position in the marketplace.”

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Worldwide Growth For McNeill Travel Company

McNeill Worldwide is the new name for the leading Northern Ireland travel company, previously called McNeill Menary Travel.  The new brand represents a significant investment and expansion for the company, which was acquired by Traveldev in 2006; combining revenues in excess of £27million. ...for more

AJ Power

AJ Power Wins £3m In New Export Orders

Craigavon-based AJ Power, a specialist in emergency, standby and prime diesel generating systems, has recently clinched a series of export orders worth around £3 million from global clients as diverse as international news agencies, and UN peace-keeping operations in Chad, central Africa. ...for more

Export Award

CDE Scoop NI Exporter of the Year Award

CDE have been announced as the 2007 winners of the Northern Ireland Award for Export Achievement. The Cookstown Engineering Company, which specialises in the design and manufacture of equipment for the quarrying industry, has been recognized for its rapid expansion and outstanding export success. ...for more


WTC Belfast Announces Export Excellence Seminars For '08

The logo for World Trade Centre Belfast is revealed today at an event hosted by Belfast City Council, the license holders for the WTC Belfast brand. Designed by local company Albino Branding and Design, the logo reflects the aspirations of World Trade Centre Belfast to support the growth of world class companies from the region. ...for more


Tourism Figures Up in Northern Ireland for 2007

Tourism Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board Unveil 2008 Tourism Marketing Plans. Tourism Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board have launched marketing plans and a growth strategy for 2008 and beyond, in Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast. ...for more


Skills Investment Is Key Success Says Ennis

Developing the right management and leadership skills can be the difference between success and failure for many entrepreneurs and established businesses across Northern Ireland. One remarkable statistic which reminds us all of the sheer scale of the task ahead is that 94 per cent of Northern Ireland businesses employ less than 10 people. . ...for more

La Senza

Lingerie Store Revealed At Victoria Square

Leading lingerie store La Senza has announced it is to open at Victoria Square, it was revealed today and it guarantees shoppers will fall in love with the unique range of stunning lingerie, nightwear and accessories. The new 1,571 sq ft store will open on 6th March with a team of 25 store staff to help customers with all their shopping and sizing requirements. ...for more


Class And Comfort On French Riviera, Book Now

The French Riviera has lost none of its allure for travellers and holidaymakers over the years when it was mainly known as the playground of the rich and famous. And while the glamour of Cannes and St Tropez still immediately come to mind when we think of the Riviera, the region is much more than starlets and massive yachts. ...for more


Contemporary Refurbishment Completed for Holiday Inn, London, Bloomsbury

Just five minutes from Eurostar’s new St Pancras international terminal, the 310-room Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, on Coram Street WC1, has just completed the refurbishment of its sleek new reception, lobby and Junction bar. ...for more

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