Jourdan Baird awarded the Sir Allen McClay Young Business Person Award

| June 29, 2017

Jourdan BairdJourdan Baird, Web Development Manager at Craigmore is pictured with Kerry Lyle, Global Communications Manager for Principal Sponsor Almac

One of the brightest young business talents in Northern Ireland, Jourdan Baird from Craigmore, has scooped the Sir Allen McClay Young Business Person Award at the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Business Awards.

Jourdan aged 21, a first-year Queen’s University student, is the web development manager at Craigmore, a 27-year-old family-run business selling power washers, sweepers, scrubber-driers, welding equipment, safety wear, workshop tools and cleaning products to both the trade and the public. It is Northern Ireland’s leading supplier of Karcher equipment and the Uk’s second largest Karcher centre.

Since starting the role just over 12 months ago, Jourdan has been instrumental in helping double Craigmore’s turnover and increasing the online sales from £5k to over £85k per month. Given the daunting task to ‘review the website and make recommendations to help stimulate online growth’, Jourdan taught herself the basics from YouTube videos and online forums. Her outstanding initiative and hard work has totally transformed the business and allowed the Portadown-based business to employ a further six staff.

Jourdan scooped the highly coveted award at a gala black tie event held at Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre, attended by 250 business, industry and local council representatives. The awards celebrate success across a wide range of corporate and consumer-focused categories, with winners spanning some of the best-known businesses in Northern Ireland.

Speaking at the awards ceremony Jourdan said: “I am absolutely over the moon to win this award tonight.

“I have loved every minute of my time here at Craigmore and really enjoyed the challenge of growing our sales.

“The team we have here is excellent and with their shared knowledge Craigmore is on-target to go to the next level.”

Jourdan continued, “I am proud to receive this award amongst such esteemed business people in Northern Ireland and look forward to future success for the company.”

Newly appointed Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Gareth Wilson, said: “On behalf of the council, I extend heartfelt congratulations to our winners at what was a landmark event, not only for our borough but for Northern Ireland.

“These awards have brought our business expertise, entrepreneurial spirit and our commitment to succeed to the forefront of the corporate community far beyond the borough.

“It has been reassuring and encouraging to have these awards so well supported, both in the number of entries for each category and in the companies that came onboard as category sponsors, without whom this event could not have taken place.”

Craigmore is open to both trade and the public, at their Portadown-based site, which offers industrial cleaning and engineering products to the tourism, transport and manufacturing sectors throughout Ireland and the UK, as well as to the local domestic market. See all products at www.craigmoreonline.co.uk.

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