James Hagan, chairman and founder of Hagan Homes, wins 'outstanding leadership and management' award

James Hagan dedicates the award to his mother Peggy

James Hagan, Chairman and Founder of Hagan Homes, Northern Ireland’s largest homebuilder, won the ‘Outstanding Leadership and Management’ award at last night’s UTV Business Eye Awards at Belfast Waterfront. Hagan Homes was also "Highly Commended” in the ‘Family Business of the Year’ category.

James Hagan* establishedHagan Homes with the assistance of his brother-in-law Nigel Simpson, in Ballyclare, Co. Antrim in 1988. 

Under James’ leadership and management Hagan Homes has become an award-winning company and has built almost 3,600 homes across Northern Ireland since it was established almost 30 years ago.

Receiving the ‘Outstanding Leadership and Management’ award, James Hagan, Chairman and Founder, Hagan Homes said:

"I am absolutely delighted to receive this award. Accolades of this nature can create the impression that the achievements are down to one person and in terms of Hagan Homes' success that couldn't be further from the truth.

"We are a family business and our staff are part of our family.  We have a very loyal, talented team, and I want to thank each and every one of our staff, past and present. This award recognises the effort they invest day after day to deliver an exceptional standard of service.”

Mr Hagan continued: "Sadly we lost an extremely important member of our family last month. My mother Peggy. Peggy was a fabulous, inspirational businesswoman who taught me the ins and outs of business. She was a natural visionary who was always able to see the bigger picture. She taught me everything I know about leadership and management. I owe her everything and I want to dedicate this award to her. She's been a transformative force in my life and subsequently in the Hagan Homes journey. 

"A journey that is still continuing today under the direction of my son Jamesy. Jamesy is a strong leader and he has a strong team around him.  Our team’s ability to adapt to an ever-changing market has been an integral part of our success. Hagan Homes is continuing to evolve and prosper by remaining true to its family values - which makes me very proud. I know it would make my mother and father very proud too.”

Discussing the awards Richard Buckley, Editor of Business Eye said: 

"Over the past years, the UTV Business Eye Awards have grown to become by far the biggest and most important business awards on the local stage, honouring the best businesses and the best business leaders here in Northern Ireland.”

Hagan Homes recorded a turnover of over £18million in 2016/17 and celebrated its second biggest year of home completions since it was established almost 30 years ago. A total of 207 homes across 15 sites in Northern Ireland were completed, marking an increase of 8.4% on the previous year. This figure exceeded all expectations, as the company’s initial target for 2016/17 was 180 homes.


Mr James Hagan said: "Our most recent annual results indicate that what we are offering, in terms of specification of build, is exactly what our customers want. Hagan Homes aim to build affordable, quality, stylish homes and achieve this by appointing award-winning architects, interior designers and craftspeople.


"We’ve seen a gradual improvement in the local housing market and we’re looking forward to another busy year. The company has recently started work on five new sites in Dunmurry (Willow Park), Carrickfergus (Darby Road), Coleraine (The Salmon Leap), Ballyclare (Fairview Farm Road), Ballymena (Fry’s Meadow). Further sites in Dundonald (Comber Road), Comber (Little Enler), Dromore (Pound Street) and Belfast (Frenchpark Street) are scheduled to begin in the coming months.”