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Coburn receives CBE

Nick Coburn, Ulster Carpets group md and deputy chairman has received his CBE from the Duke of Cambridge at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

He was recognised by Her Majesty the Queen in the New Year Honours List for his service to the economy in Northern Ireland.

‘I am truly honoured to receive this award which only comes with the support and guidance of so many good people,’ he says.

Coburn, the grandson of the company’s founder George Walter Wilson joined Ulster Carpets in 1977. ‘I was fascinated by the machines and the smell of wool in the dyehouse, it was always in my bones. I was fortunate, in that I was able to work in all the different areas of the company and learn what went on, from production to sales to design and management.’

He founded Ulster’s US operations in 1993 and went on to build its international contract business in key locations across the world, before becoming group md in 2004.

Wilson’s main purpose in setting up the company was bringing employment to Portadown. It has stayed within the Wilson family since first opening its factory doors in 1938.