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Call To Get Behind Solmatix’s Bid For ‘Champion’ At European Business Awards

17 February 2016

The Mayor, Councillor Thomas Hogg, wishes Neville Bell, Solmatix’s General Manager, the best of luck for the 2016 European Business Awards.


It’s not every day that a Northern Ireland company is recognised as a National Champion by an international judging panel. Yet having secured this title, local renewable energy specialist Solmatix Renewables is now bidding for the title of ‘European Champion’ at the 2016 European Business Awards, and they need your help!

Founded by the Bell family in 2008 on the family farm in Crumlin, Solmatix was borne from a clear demand from businesses, farmers and home owners for new and innovative methods of renewable energy supply that were cost effective and environmentally friendly.

“We’re delighted to have come so far in the Awards, but the next step is for us to become the sole UK National ‘Public’ Champion,” explains Neville Bell, the company’s General Manager.  “If we can gain that position, it massively increases our chances of winning the overall top European title. But we now need the public’s vote if we are to become the most popular UK champion. We are the only Northern Ireland company to have reached this stage of the competition and we believe we can go further, so we’re calling on everyone in Northern Ireland to get behind us with their support.”

The European Business Awards were created to recognise and promote business success and support the development of a stronger business community throughout Europe. The competition takes in 33 countries and attracts in excess of 32,000 business entrants.  The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg commented: “Solmatix are a family business, so to have reached this stage is not only a tremendous boost for them, it is also a huge accolade for Northern Ireland and the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey. I see it as a broader recognition of the quality and technical innovation that this country produces but, it is hugely important that Solmatix gains community support through votes to help decide the winner.”

Solmatix has posted an online video promoting the company’s award-winning credentials on www.businessawardseurope.com  Viewers can click through and place their vote before the closing date of Friday 26 February 2016.  The UK Public National Champion will be announced on Monday 7 March 2016. A second public vote will see all of the 32 National Public Champions compete against each other to become the overall European Public Champion. The voting for this takes place between 7 March and 26 April 2016, and the result will be announced at the European Business Awards Gala event in June 2016.