Eleanor McEvoy

Eleanor McEvoy is the CEO of Budget Energy Ltd, a leading supplier of electricity in the Northern Ireland market, and BEenergy, which has just launched in ROI.

Since 1991, Eleanor has successfully built and sold two companies: Pembroke Distributors Ltd, a vending company which was sold in 2001, and Phonecard Warehouse Ltd, which achieved a £50m turnover before being sold in 2006.

Budget Energy – ‘the same electricity only cheaper’ – broke ground in 2011 by becoming the first independent low cost supplier to enter the Northern Ireland electricity market.

Budget has consistently led the way in driving down the cost of electricity for local consumers and Eleanor is aiming to repeat that success with the launch of BEenergy to consumers in the Irish market.

Originally from Limerick, she won the UTV Business Personality of the Year in 2013 and in the same year reached the finals of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year for the second time.

Eleanor sits on the EY Alumni Board and is a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship for the University of Ulster. She has just completed her second season as a dragoness on RTE’s Dragons Den, where she has made substantial investments in a number of young businesses.