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  • Competition Winner

    Congratulations to the following Competition Winner:

    • John Foster of Manchester, England
  • Competition Winner

    Congratulations to the following Competition Winner:

    • Irene Dalgliesh of Dumfries, Scotland
  • Company of Century Award Thomas Ferguson & Co. Ltd was formally recognised as one of the top five Northern Ireland companies of the last century at the 'IoD Parcelforce Worldwide Company of the Century' Awards.

    The prestigious award, which was launched by the Northern Ireland division of the Institute of Directors to mark its 100th anniversary, pays tribute to the companies and businesses that have helped shape economic life in the province throughout the last 100 years.

    Announcing the results at the awards ceremony at the Irish Railway Collection at the Folk & Transport Museum in Cultra, Denis Rooney, Chairman of the IoD's NI Division said:

    "This is a tremendous achievement, not only for Thomas Ferguson, but also for the company's workforce, its management team and for the local community in the Banbridge area.

    "Northern Ireland has always been synonymous with linen and Fergusons has been part of that great tradition. The company has survived, albeit with a reduced workforce, and has retained a reputation for a high quality product and a very high profile clientele, thus promoting the best of Northern Ireland on an international stage. The firm has succeeded over 149 years by identifying a niche in higher value added markets and by investing in technology, which in turn has maintained the skills of the linen industry in NI."

    Renah Shephard, General Manager of Parcelforce Worldwide, sponsor of the Company of the Century Award added:

    "The nature and dynamics of the NI economy have changed dramatically over the last century.

    "In our search for the Company of the Century our aim has been to pay tribute to those businesses which have successfully navigated the route to progress and in doing so, have helped Northern Ireland establish itself on the global market. I congratulate each of the five shortlisted companies for the key roles they have played in our economic development."

    Unlike other awards, the IoD Parcelforce Worldwide Company of the Century will not be repeated.
  • Competition Winner

    Congratulations to the following Competition Winner:

    • Jean Gallagher of Bingley, England
  • Competition Winner

    Congratulations to the following Competition Winner:

    • Anne Denham of Saddleworth, England
  • Competition Winner

    Congratulations to the following Competition Winner:

    • Mr Neville Thompson of Bredell, South Africa
  • Competition Winner

    Congratulations to the following Competition Winner:

    • Ann-Marie Thornley, Coventry, England
  • Sales Team News After almost eight years with Fergusons, our Senior Sales Executive, Johnny Breen, has decided to move on. He left on 3rd July to take up new employment with a local clothing company. Johnny has been with us since leaving University and we wish him the best of luck in his new job.

    It is our aim to have continuity and maintain the smooth running of our business. To this end, Siobhan Lennon, who to date has been co-ordinating sales and dealing with customers from the office, will be looking after the accounts handled by Johnny.

    Siobhan has been with Fergusons for nine years and is pleased to have the opportunity to be able to get out of the office and visit customers more. Mandy Burns will be joining the sales team as Sales Administrator to cover for Siobhan in the office.
  • Competition Winner

    Congratulations to the following Competition Winner:

    • Lucinda Dergurahian of USA
  • Fergusons Honoured by Royal Visit

    Thursday 15 November 2001 will live in the memory of all who work at Ferguson's Irish Linen for many years to come. The company was graced by a visit from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll, and his Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh.

    The Royal Party, accompanied by various dignitaries, was greeted by a reception committee which included Dr John Reid, (Secretary of State for Northern Ireland), Mr David Trimble (First Minister for Northern Ireland), company Chairman Ralph Bauer and Dr. David Neilly (Managing Director).

    During the visit, which lasted 45 minutes, Her Royal Highness toured Ferguson's and associate company, Franklins International Ltd. Her Majesty was able to watch as Linen Double Damask tablecloths in the fine scroll design, destined for Buckingham Palace, were woven on one of Ferguson's high-speed jacquard looms. The Duke of Edinburgh saw Girl Guide badges, commemorating the Golden Jubilee of 2002, being woven on the Franklins looms.

    As they toured the factory, the Queen and Prince Philip talked to many of the company's eighty employees in the design, weaving, cutting, hemming, ironing and packaging departments. Both were extremely interested in what they saw, and had a wide range of questions to ask.

    Prior to the Royal Highnesses' departure, both were presented with mementoes of their visit by the companies longest serving female and male workers. Ms Peggy Magill (43 years service) and Mr Jackie Clements (46 years service) both expressed their delight at having been asked to represent the company in this way.

    Ferguson's was first short listed for the honour of such a visit much earlier in the year. As well as the obvious appeal of the firm weaving for Buckingham Palace, it was felt that Ferguson's shows that companies operating in a traditional market can use modern manufacturing and marketing techniques to achieve growth and success.

    David Neilly explained what the day means to the company.

    "Ferguson's is a small company operating in very competitive markets. Over the last decade we have concentrated very much on making the Ferguson's name synonymous with the very best of Irish Linen. We feel that to a certain extent, our endeavours have been rewarded, not only by the success of the company, but also by today's visit. We hope that the Royal Party have enjoyed their time at Ferguson's, and place on record our pride at having been their hosts."

  • Competition Winner

    Congratulations to the following Competition Winner:

    • Claire Davidson of Dromore, County Down, Northern Ireland
  • Retirement of Billy Chambers Thomas Fergusons' longest serving employee, Billy Chambers, will be retiring from the company, after more than 42 years' service, on 8 June.

    Having become best known as the company's Senior Sales Executive, Billy has been responsible for the excellent management and development of key accounts in Ireland and London. He is held in the highest respect by his colleagues and customers alike.

    Fortunately, Billy will be acting as a consultant to the company on a part time basis, and working with our associate company, Brownlow Linens. We wish him a long and happy retirement.

    Linen weaving is an excellent art thriving at Thomas Fergusons in the 21st century. fergusonsirishlinen.com is part of the company's strategy to continue to bring Irish Linen, one of Ireland's most famous products, to the world.
  • UK Online for Business/Interforum E-Commerce Awards The shortlisted companies for the UK E-Commerce Awards 2001 were this morning announced. Fergusons is delighted to be one of ten Northern Ireland companies to have been nominated for the regional prize.

    Each regional winner will go on to the grand final to be held in the Grosvenor House Hotel, London on Thursday 5 July. We hope to be there!
  • E-Business of the Month Fergusons Irish Linen is delighted to have been voted Belfast Telegraph/British Telecom Northern Ireland E-Business of the Month for December 2000/January 2001.

    Ray Mckeown, BTNI's Director of E Commerce acknowledged Fergusons as a very successful model of how industry can apply the Internet to its business model.

    "This is an excellent example of integration between old and new," he commented.

    We are delighted with the site and hope you will visit us again and again."
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