Family Business of the Year Award



Award sponsored by
First Trust Bank

Vote for your favourite nominee by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and following the instructions.

PLEASE NOTE: votes do not determine the final winners but help create awareness of the nominee’s shortlisting.

Deane Public Works 

Deane Public Works Ltd is a successful family run Civil engineering business with over 52 years’ experience in the Construction Industry. The Company founded by George and his wife Liz Deane in 1967 has grown significantly from humble beginnings and evolved into a multi-disciplined business successfully delivering a diverse range of high-profile Civil Engineering contracts and property developments.

Family is at the heart of the business with three generations of the Deane’s now working for the Company including many of George and Liz’s extended family and grandchildren joining the firm in recent years. Georges son Stephen Deane and his wife Janet have worked for the company for over 25 years and now look forward to taking the Company into the future, building on the previous successes.




Montgomery Finlay & Co

Established in 1976, estate agent Montgomery Finlay & Co deal with residential and commercial letting and sales. They also cater for farmland, new developments, building sites, mortgages and valuations.

The business has five directors and one administer. Among senior directors are Harry, Ronnie and Terry who are passing invaluable information to new generations. Most recently Terry’s son Nick joined the firm. Ronnie’s son is hoping to join the business in the future. Jane McChesney, niece of Harold is also working for the firm. 



Surefire Wood

Run by Sinclair Armstrong, nine family members are involved in the family business Surefire Wood which provides kiln-dried firewood. A lot of their firewood comes from CPC and the forestry service. The business employs 30 people in total and Sinclair has over 25 years experience supplying UK and Irish supermarkets and domestic customers.

The company is focused on providing an environmentally friendly product, sourcing local sustainable wood while using wood bi-products to heat its kilns and produce a totally renewable product.


HOW TO VOTE: Select the relevant tick box below and click vote. By supporting your favourite nominee you are creating additional awareness of their nomination and highlighting their success.

Closing date: online voting closes at 5pm on Monday 2nd September. A voting tally can be seen by all up to 4.30pm on Friday 30th August, after this point they will be removed from public view.

PLEASE NOTE: votes do not determine the final winner but help create awareness of the nominee’s shortlisting.

Terms: One vote per IP address; Deadlines as detailed, for more information contact

The winner for each category will be revealed at the Gala event on Friday, 20th September 2019, the Lough Erne Resort. Tickets are selling fast, get in contact with Catherine on 028 8241 5009 or email to book.