FinTrU recognised for Fast Growth at Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Business Awards

By Conor Donnelly

Thursday 10 May 2018

Andrea Hunter, Aer Lingus Business Development Manager presents the Fast Growth Business Award to CEO of FinTrU, Darragh McCarthy and Marketing Manager, Conor Donnelly. They are joined by Aer Lingus cabin crew member Jo Freeman at the 10th annual Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Business Awards on the 8th of May, in the IoD Headquarters, Pall Mall, London.

Belfast based FinTrU Ltd celebrated lifting the Fast Growth Business Award at the tenth annual Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Business Awards, which took place on Tuesday 8th May in the palatial surroundings of the Institute of Directors Headquarters on Pall Mall, London. 

The gala lunch ceremony was attended by some of Northern Ireland’s most impressive and innovative companies and on the day seven companies and two individuals were recognised for their achievements. 

Founded in 2013, FinTrU is a Financial Services Company that provides high quality, cost-effective, near-shore outsourced specialist Legal, Compliance, Regulatory and Operational services for the international investment banking industry and financial services sector.

Clients are typically Tier 1 investment banks who are either headquartered or have a large presence in London and New York.

On receiving the award, CEO Darragh McCarthy said; “FinTrU has grown at an exceptional pace in terms of its people, profits and product offering. With a headcount of 230 employees we have big plans to grow to a 1,000-strong workforce. 

“FinTrU’s profit has doubled year on year with a consistent profit margin of 45% and we have added three new global clients, since 2017. We credit our growth to our excellence in quality and innovation and our investment in employee benefits which put us on par with our locally based, globally renowned competitors.”

The winners were:

Fast Growth Business Award: FinTrU Ltd
Best SME Award: STATSports Group Ltd
Business Person of the Year: Cathal Grant, CGDM Construction Ltd
Innovative of the Year Award: See.Sense
Best Business Start-Up: AG Electrical NI Ltd
Excellence in Marketing: Babocush
Exporter of the Year: Brookvent
Overall Excellence: Selective Travel Management
Lifetime Achievement: Trevor Annon, Mount Charles

Andrea Hunter, Business Development Manager of Aer Lingus NI said: “Aer Lingus is delighted to be at the helm of these very prestigious business awards again this year, to celebrate genuine innovation and to connect businesses with opportunities globally every day via our Belfast City to Heathrow route and to Europe and the US from Dublin,” she said.


“Receiving an Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Business Award is a fantastic accolade as the standard of entries was exceptionally high this year and each award was extremely hard fought."

"It’s been a pleasure to select and reward the winning companies and we’re are very much looking forward to hearing about their continued success in the future."

This year the eleven strong panel of judges included Andrea Hunter, Business Development Manager at Aer Lingus; John Mulgrew, Editor, Ulster Business; Gary McDonald, Business Editor, Irish News; Margaret Canning, Business Editor, Belfast Telegraph; Richard Sherriff, Business Editor, News Letter; Wendy Austin, Presenter, BBC Inside Business; Bob McGowan-Smyth, Investment Director, Crescent Capital; Kieran McGarrigle, Partner, Head of Finance, Arthur Cox; Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors NI, Jeremy Fitch, Executive Director, Business and Sector Development Group, Invest NI and Roseann Kelly, Chief Executive, Women In Business.

FinTrU would like to congratulate all the winners at the Aer Lingus TakeOff Business Awards 2018.

About FinTrU

Founded in December 2013, FinTrU is a multi-award winning financial services company that provides high quality, cost-effective, near-shore resourcing solutions for Global Investment Banks. FinTrU’s products are: Legal, Risk, Compliance, KYC, Operations and Consultancy. Its clients are all Tier 1 Investment Banks based in London, New York, Tokyo, Frankfurt and Paris. FinTrU currently employs 250 staff at its two Belfast city centre offices, located in The Gasworks and Pakenham Street. Read more about FinTrU at 

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Belfast Office: FinTrU, 1A Pakenham Street, Belfast, BT7 1AB

North West Headquarters: FinTrU, Carlisle House, 3 Horace Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6JS


North West Office: FinTrU, City Factory, 100 Patrick Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 7EL

London Office: FinTrU, Warnford Court, 29 Throgmorton Street, London, EC2N 2AT 

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