The founder and CEO of Texthelp has been crowned the overall winner of this year's EY Entrepreneur of the Year.

Martin McKay also won the International title at this year’s ceremony.

Texthelp was established in 1996 to assist people who have difficulties communicating.

It has since developed into an assistive technology firm that makes software to help people read, write and express their thoughts, as well as share information.

Based in Antrim, the business has recently been grown through a series of acquisitions led by Mr McKay.

It employs 350 staff and over the past two years it has doubled its turnover.

The co-founders of Conack Construction, Tom O’Connor and Kieran Cusack, won the EY Established Entrepreneur of the Year award.

While Fionn Lahart and Christoph Hennersperger, the co-founders of medical device company OneProjects, have been named the 2022 EY Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year.

Stephen Nolan, the managing director of Nutritics, was named winner of the first EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Sustainability Award.

The accolade was given for the company’s carbon footprint scoring, display and reporting system, Foodprint, which helps food businesses and their customers manage and measure their carbon impact.

While the Special Recognition Award was given to Mary Davis, the CEO of Special Olympics Ireland for her work in addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation for people with intellectual disabilities.