Causeway Chamber hosted the 2017 Causeway Coast and Glens Business Awards, which was held Friday 29th September at the Diamond, Ulster University, Coleraine. As all enjoyed the drinks reception from Old Bushmills Distillery, the evening provided a chance to network whilst the anticipation grew before the awards presentation.
This prestigious ceremony recognised and honoured the best of the Borough’s businesses on a local and national level. The Chamber was delighted to welcome Randox as the Principle Sponsor of this year’s awards.
In the opening address Anthony Newman, President of Causeway Chamber said, “the chamber is recognised for helping businesses grow by providing networking opportunities; gaining access to government and key decision makers; creating a range of support initiatives and contributing to local economic activity. We work in partnership with local, national and international organisations and stakeholders. We have formed ties with Ulster University and Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, this is evidenced by our collaboration to create a shared vision for this beautiful area.”
350 guests attended the event including Mayor Cllr Joan Baird OBE, Provost Dr Karise Hutchinson, Chief Executive David Jackson, Randox founder Dr Peter FitzGerald CBE FREng DL, local businesses, award sponsors and the 59 finalists who eagerly waited to see if they were successful as winners of their category.
Dr Peter FitzGerald CBE FREng DL, Managing Director, Randox commented: “When you have an opportunity to bring together the best local businesses, not only does it demonstrate the strength of the region but it also enables businesses to help each other and get even better. As this year’s sponsor, we were very impressed with the nominees of each category and choosing the winners was no mean feat. As a company which has benefitted enormously from competitions and awards, we look forward to following their journeys and wish them all the best in the future.”
Sarah Travers who was delighted to once again host the event said, “The Causeway Coast and Glens Borough is unique in its ability to offer a variety of locations for business development. The Chamber has truly embraced the diversity of the local business talents and rewarded each sector individually.
Annette Deighan, Chamber Operations Manager added, “Causeway Coast and Glens Business Awards would not have been possible without our businesses and continued support of all our sponsors. It is an honour to host these awards, to recognise the achievements and success in our Borough. It shows as a Borough we are continuing to excel and compete at a regional and national level.”
This year there was 18 awards comprising of many categories sponsored by individual companies. The judges were overwhelmed with the level of entries received which is a testament to the success of these bi-annual awards and the achievements of all sectors in the Borough. It highlighted that the Causeway Borough is continuing to grow, compete and provide services at a local and global level. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists on the evening.
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Green Business Award sponsored by firmus energy
Best Young person in Business Award sponsored by Northern Regional College
Gareth Boyd, 2020 Architects
Training & Development Award sponsored by Ulster University
Health & Wellbeing Award sponsored by Public Health Agency
Focus on Family
Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility sponsored by Riada Resourcing
Roadside Garages Ltd
Innovation Award sponsored by Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council
Best Start up Business Award sponsored by Causeway Enterprise Agency
Small Business of the Year sponsored by Bank of Ireland
I Care Opticians
Social Enterprise of the Year sponsored by McDonald’s
Ashes to Gold
The Creative Industries Award sponsored by Ulster Bank
Good Food Award sponsored by Electric Ireland
Best Tourism Attraction/Service Provider of the Year sponsored by Tourism Ireland
The Crannagh Activity Centre
Business Growth Award sponsored by Danske Bank
Best New Product/Service of the Year sponsored by Armstrong Medical Ltd
Euro Autospares Ltd
Accommodation Provider of the Year sponsored by First Trust Bank
The Lodge Hotel
AgriBusiness of the Year sponsored by ATG Group
Ballyeamon Eggs Ltd
Retailer of the Year sponsored by Autoline Insurance Group
JKC Specialist Cars
Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council
Winifred Mellet, The Winsome Lady, Ballymoney