Meet the winners of the 2023 FMB Master Builder Awards

We are still buzzing after the FMB Regional Master Builder Awards season which concluded with the NI event on 30 June. The biannual awards have increased in profile and popularity. Described as the “Oscars of the SME sector”, this year saw 22 companies shortlisted by the judges. The ceremony announcing the winners was held at The Malone Hotel in Belfast. 

Since 1992, the Master Builder Awards have been the flagship celebration of high-quality craftsmanship, exceptional customer service and building excellence across the UK. The awards help to recognise the significant contribution that small and medium-sized (SME) construction companies make to the UK construction industry. 

Organised by the FMB, the awards provide an opportunity for Master Builders to showcase their hard work and share client testimonials. For some awards categories, clients can directly nominate their builder, reaffirming how important exceptional customer service can be to grow a company’s reputation. 

We are so proud of the companies based here in NI, which come forward to be accredited as Master Builders and so grateful for all our event supporters and sponsors for their ongoing relationships to help us. Without them, we could not deliver such a successful event. 

The quality of the nominations is a strong endorsement of the professionalism shown by FMB members daily. What is even more impressive is to consider the context of the last two years and the challenges the construction industry has faced. Rising material costs, uncertain financial markets and COVID recovery have all too often been business challenges FMB members have faced. 

But the resilience and integrity of FMB members have been seen in how they have conducted themselves, worked with clients and the supply chain and delivered outstanding projects. 

The judges, who are industry experts independent from the FMB, were impressed with the dedication and skill of those who entered and were shortlisted for the ceremony. 

As you will see from the report in this edition, the ceremony was a tremendous success, combining networking, celebration and fun. It epitomises the sense of a building community that the FMB strongly endorses and it encourages others looking to grow their business to join. 

There are 11 categories, and the winners from each of the FMB regions go through to the national ceremony in September. We want to wish all those regional winners every success in that event and look forward to seeing how they do. 

For the full report on the FMB Awards, see NI Builder Issue 34-4 Aug-Sept here.