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Paul McKenna, EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

Newry-based mac-group have reached another milestone as CEO, Paul McKenna has been shortlisted in the International Category for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 Award.

Speaking about the nomination, Paul McKenna said:

“It’s a great honour. I think the programme really shines a light on the entrepreneurs we have within Ireland. It gives you great access to skilled and like-minded individuals.”

Paul is among twenty-four finalists competing for the coveted title and one of eight in the International Category. Now in its 22nd year, the awards programme aims to recognise some of Ireland’s most innovative entrepreneurs. Representing a full range of industries, the finalists collectively employ almost 13,000 people and generate annual revenues of over £1 billion.

The prestigious awards programme is divided into 3 categories – Emerging, Industry and International. A winner will be selected from each category with an overall winner earning the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 title. The overall winner will then go on to represent Ireland at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Monte Carlo in June 2020.

The event will take place today, Thursday 21st November, in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin and will be live on RTE Player at 6:10pm and air on RTE One at 11:15pm.

About Paul McKenna:

Paul has built his company up from one employee to the night largest main contractor in Ireland, with 212 employees across the UK and Ireland. Paul wears his leadership lightly, his staff have a direct line to him, they respect him and are mac ambassadors. He and his team listen to the clients, providing them with the service they need and questioning industry norms to achieve more efficient outcomes.

Paul has led the business through recession, cut margins and travelled to locations where existing clients had projects, across the UK and Europe, to ensure the company kept thriving. Since establishing mac-group, Paul has led the company to great success, winning numerous titles including:

  • Fit Out Contractor of the Year x2
  • Ranked 58th in the Sunday Times UK Fast Track 100
  • Ranked 522nd in FT1000: Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies
  • Ranked 14th in the Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100

Paul has confidence and courage in spades, integrity and humility in abundance and the ability to create a vision. He articulates this vision, passionately owns it and relentlessly drives it forward and we would like to wish him all the best for tonight’s ceremony.