Winners unveiled at Causeway Coast & Glens Business Awards 2019
Friday 21st June saw Causeway Chamber host it bi-annual Causeway Coast & Glens Business Awards hosted by Sarah Travers at The Lodge Hotel. The evening provided a chance to network whilst enjoying a drinks reception provided by The Old Bushmills Distillery.
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 back Randox Health as the Principal Sponsor of this year’s awards.
In the opening address Murray Bell, President of Causeway Chamber said, “We have a wealth of businesses within our borough, organisations large and small, entrepreneurs, start-up innovators, all who compete at the highest level they can, and tonight is an opportunity to celebrate those talents – recognising the progress made and reaching forward to further excellence and creativity, underpinning our Chambers message that Causeway Coast & Glens Borough is an ‘Outstanding Place to live, work and play”.
350 guests attended the event including Mayor Cllr Sean Bateson, Deputy Vice Chancellor Alastair Adair, Chief Executive David Jackson, Dr Peter FitzGerald CBE FREng DL, Managing Director, Randox Laboratories Ltd, local businesses, award sponsors and the 61 finalists who eagerly waited to see if they were successful as winners of their category.
Dr Peter FitzGerald CBE FREng DL, Managing Director, Randox Health commented:
“It is a great honour to be here once again for the Business Awards for the Causeway Coast and Glens, a region with whom we have become closely engaged since opening the newest division of our multi-faceted company; Dundarave Estate in Bushmills. Dundarave’s collection of jams, chutneys, ciders and meats has proved very popular with both the local community and other businesses, together with whom we are able to demonstrate what Northern Ireland has to offer to a global business market.
“We are proud that through our sponsorship of this event, we can not only bring together the best local businesses, support one another and celebrate our collective achievements, but also encourage all those involved to proactively think about their health. For all of us, our health is our wealth, and indeed for the entrepreneurial finalists, many of whom are self-employed, their health is their livelihood. We might all usefully consider how we can live better for longer, to fully enjoy what life has to offer, in both our business and our personal lives. I must also say that we have been very impressed with the nominees of each category and the calibre of finalists, each of whom absolutely deserve their place in the Causeway Coast and Glens Business Awards. Congratulations to all the award winners.”
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 region. It shows as a Borough we are continuing to excel and compete at a regional and national level.”
The awards were commissioned and designed by Eleanor-Jane McCartney of Irish Glass Art. Together the 19 Awards include the complete set of town and village names in the Borough. Individually each award displays the characteristics of the Borough – the Causeway Coast by a dynamic, vibrant coastal wave formation; a lush, life-giving, spring-green valley area for the Glens; with a number of Borough town and village names subtly fused in sepia tones underneath the piece of land.
The judges were overwhelmed with the level of entries received which is a testament to the success of these biennial awards and the achievements of all businesses within the Borough. The awards highlighted that the Causeway Coast and Glens 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.
Accommodation of the Year sponsored by First Trust Bank
Agri Business of the Year Award sponsored by Bank of Ireland
Wilson Agriculture Ltd
Best Marketing Initiative sponsored by Armstrong Medical
MCL Insure Tech
Best Start up Business sponsored by Enterprise Causeway
Best Young Person in Business sponsored by Northern Regional College
Jonny Fielding – JF Travel
Business Growth Award sponsored by Danske Bank
Environmental Best Practice sponsored by ATG Group
Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility sponsored by Riada Resourcing
Roadside Garages Ltd
Family Business of the Year sponsored by firmus energy
Good Food Award sponsored by First Choice Selection Services
The Lodge Hotel
Retailer of the Year sponsored by Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council
Super Value Ballymoney
Small Business of the Year sponsored by Autoline Insurance Group
North Coast Pilates & Physiotherapy
Social Enterprise of the Year sponsored by McDonald’s
Technology Business of the Year sponsored by North West Regional College
The Creative Industries Award sponsored by Zing @Printing.com
Sonya Cassidy PR
Tourism Business of the Year sponsored by Tourism Ireland
Crannagh Activity Centre
Training & Development Award sponsored by Ulster University
Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council
Wilma Erskine, Royal Portrush Golf Club
Business Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council
The Lodge Hotel