Top Industry Award For Tyrone Business McDermott’s

A Tyrone builders’ merchant has been recognised with a top industry accolade.

P McDermott & Sons of Omagh and Dromore were awarded the owner managed/single store award in the third Octabuild Northern Ireland Builders Merchant Awards.

The ceremony recently in the Hilton Hotel, Belfast before an audience of almost 200 people representing the merchant and building industry.

The awards judge, James Burke was lavish in his praise of the high standard he found among all the builders merchants visited. He described the manager of McDermott’s as, “a very energetic manager who motivates her sales team”.

Over 40 years in business and with 28 full and part-time staff the core business of P McDermott & Sons has a builders’ merchant, farm supplier and hardware retailer focus. Its reputation is founded on excellent customer service due to the expertise and experience of its workforce.

Seven other awards were also presented on the night to a mixture of independent and group stores.

Speaking at the event, Octabuild chairman Jim Loughran said, “We have all learned something from the downturn over the past few years. We have learned that In an era of austerity every busi-ness has to work harder at providing its customers with the best possible service and value in terms of price, delivery and technical support.

“The high standard of builders merchants in Northern Ireland is again evident in the winners and I can tell you that the marks awarded, were very close and made selecting the award winners a very difficult task.

“James Burke, who visited and judged all of the entrants said that entering the awards showed confidence in having your business assessed against your peers. He said that overall he found a great focus on driving sales and excellent examples of customer service and values.”