Alan Browne, KOREC Group’s founder and CEO, is in the running for the Irish Established Entrepreneur accolade at the 2022 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards.
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is a unique global programme that was established over 30 years ago and now runs in more than 60 countries around the world. The awards were created to recognise entrepreneurial achievement among individuals and companies that demonstrate vision, leadership and success whilst working to improve life within local communities, countries and the world as a whole.
Alan’s nomination is for one of just three coveted regional awards up for grabs, alongside Emerging Entrepreneur and International Entrepreneur. Following judging of the finalists the overall winner for Ireland, who will also become a finalist for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year, will be announced in November.
A Fitting Recognition
Alan has been entrepreneurial from an early age. At just 27 years old he started a company in Ireland called PCI with a single employee. He felt that large machines on construction sites could be used far more effectively and accurately if they were equipped with a technology called Machine Control (based on laser measurement) that was still very much at the point of inception.
Alan’s, and that of the KOREC Group, innate ability to spot key business solutions and areas of investment whilst still in their infancy has been transformative, and his vision for the future of the mapping and surveying industry saw the company turnover £110k in its first year. Today, the KOREC Group has offices in Dublin, Belfast, Liverpool and Cambridge and will see an annual turnover of £35m. . From the initial days of just two employees, KOREC now employs over a hundred people and is growing all the time.
This growth has resulted in a recent recruitment drive to fill 30 new positions in a range of departments across both the UK and Ireland.
On learning he’d been shortlisted, Alan said: “I’m so delighted to receive this nomination because it’s a truly exciting recognition of what we have achieved at KOREC over the years in what is a demanding, technology-led environment. Our experience has allowed us to build and define our company culture and that means we’ve also created a great workplace, a great team and a world-class ethos.”
A Man on a Mission
Alan has invested a lot of time and effort in developing a culture that is both fun and rewarding, and the KOREC mission is a simple one. Alan works very closely towards this mission in every decision he makes, whilst also ensuring the company continually reflects this vision:
“KOREC’s mission is to empower you to measure, map and manage the natural and built environment. Combining industry knowledge with intuitive software and world-leading positioning technology that can transform your operations. Bringing certainty to your decision making.”