Ballyclare Business Awards launched

Mayor Thomas Hogg launches the Ballyclare Business Awards alongside Councillor Vera McWilliam (left), Chair of Ballyclare Town Team, and Jill Millar, Vice President of Ballyclare Chamber of Trade. INNT 05-532CON
Mayor Thomas Hogg launches the Ballyclare Business Awards alongside Councillor Vera McWilliam (left), Chair of Ballyclare Town Team, and Jill Millar, Vice President of Ballyclare Chamber of Trade. INNT 05-532CON

The search is on for Ballyclare’s best businesses, as preparations for the Ballyclare Business Awards get under way.

The new initiative, organised by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council in association with Ballyclare Chamber of Trade, will see local businesses compete for awards across the following seven categories:

• Best new business award

• Best kept shopfront award

• Service with a smile award

• Best food & drink award

• Tradesperson of the Year

• Salon of the Year

• Retailer of the Year

“The awards are a great way to recognise those businesses that serve Ballyclare and take pride in their products, services and local area,” a council spokesperson explained.

“The awards will be decided by public vote which will be open from Monday, February 1 until Monday, February 29 so make sure you click www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/businessawards to register your vote!

“You can also tweet your support for your favourite Ballyclare businesses by tweeting the name and the award category using the hashtag #BClareBiz.”

Traders in and around Ballyclare will also be displaying posters to let customers know how they can vote.

Urging people to back their favourite local businesses, David Reade, President of Ballyclare Chamber of Trade, said: “I would encourage everyone to vote. These awards are a great opportunity for local businesses to get the recognition they deserve.”

An awards ceremony and networking evening to announce the winners will take place on Thursday, March 24 in Ballyclare Town Hall.

For more information about the Ballyclare Business Awards contact Lisa O’Kane on 028 9034 0052 or email Lisa.OKane@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk