Viridian's Got Talent

Power NI, part of the Viridian Group, recently hosted ‘Viridian’s Got Talent’ in association with Capita at The Black Box, Belfast, raising over £7,000 for The Prince’s Trust Million Makers Challenge.

The Million Makers Challenge is a national competition organised by The Prince’s Trust, encouraging teams of employees in participating organisations to come together to raise £1 million to make a real difference to disadvantaged young people in the UK.

A number of Power NI employees have volunteered and set up their own mini enterprise to compete in this year’s competition. The team have been fundraising tirelessly from July, competing with other organisations to run the most profitable business.

Members of staff from across the businesses of the Viridian Group took to the Black Box stage, showcasing their many different talents, from a magic act to singers and an African drummer to a ballet dancer!

The event was compered by Power NI’s Commercial Sales & Marketing Manager, Alan Egner, who was joined by a panel of judges including Downtown Radio’s Kirstie McMurray, Sales Director Tony Rice from headline sponsor Capita, Viridian CEO Ian Thom and Power NI Head of Contact Centre Operations Kieragh Nelson.

Nine acts competed in the talent show and in the end the judges crowned the ‘The Dancing Dead’ zombie dance troupe as the overall winners, an act made up of employees from Viridian’s IT and Finance departments.

Susie Cuthill from The Prince’s Trust commented: “Congratulations to Power NI for organising such a brilliant event. You could tell everyone was having great fun and what an amazing total raised for The Prince’s Trust, outstanding work!”

The Power NI Million Makers team would like to thank their headline sponsor, Capita. Capita Managed IT Solutions is a leading IT services company that provides cloud based and infrastructure services to public, private and third sector organisations and specialist managed IT services in the education, government, utilities and charities sectors.  Working in partnership with customers to gain a deep understanding of their organisation, Capita can create a technology strategy to support transformation, drive operational efficiency and reduce costs.  Making IT work better for customers is Capita’s ultimate goal.

Capita Managed IT Solutions provides IT services to every school in NI through their contract with C2k,  and support the IT infrastructure for a wide range of organisations including; Viridian Group, NIE Networks, Western Health and Social Care Trust, Almac, Coca Cola, Henderson Group, United Dairy Farmers and Chain Reaction Cycles.

The team would also like to thank the many sponsors who donated raffle prizes and supported the event including; BT, CMS Cameron McKenna, EnergyLink Partnership, Citygate Insurance, Galgorm Resort & Spa, Mullan Training, Hugh Jordan & Co, Hastings Hotels, He-Shi , QIBDA and Pop Notch.


Lynsey Brown and Matthew McCartin from the ‘The Dancing Dead’ zombie dance troupe, winners of Viridian’s Got Talent in association with Capita, are joined by (from left) Susie Cuthill from The Prince’s Trust, judge Tony Rice from headline sponsor Capita Managed IT Solutions and judge Kirstie McMurray from Downtown Radio.