Ballymena MD heads awards firm

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A Ballymena man has guided a local firm towards achieving the prestigious Queen’s Award for Excellence 2015.

Managing Director of Nicobrand, Mark McQuillan had plenty to celebrate as the Coleraine-based company was honoured for excellence in international trade.

The firm recorded overseas sales growth of over £1.6 million (785%) across a period of three years (2011-2013)

The company, which manufactures pharmaceutical grade nicotine ingredients for use in smoking cessation products previously won the award in 2004 and now supplies product to more than 15 countries worldwide.

Mark commented: “The Queen’s Award is a highly regarded mark of excellence and one of the most prestigious business accolades. The award is testament to the hard work of all of our team. We are a global leader in the nicotine business and we will continue to work hard to drive further exports and success.”