Glengormley Business Awards: Shabby chic boutique is a big hit with voters

Deputy Mayor John Blair, triple award winner Madeline Dunlop from Serendipity At Home, Cllr Noreen McClelland, Laura Cummings, Lucy Dunlop and Amy-Ruth Dunlop. INNT 11-535CON
Deputy Mayor John Blair, triple award winner Madeline Dunlop from Serendipity At Home, Cllr Noreen McClelland, Laura Cummings, Lucy Dunlop and Amy-Ruth Dunlop. INNT 11-535CON

Shabby chic boutique Serendipity At Home scooped three gongs at the inaugural Glengormley Business Awards on Friday night (March 11).

Madeline Dunlop, owner of the shop on Glebe Road West, was speechless as she accepted the awards from Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr John Blair.

The three accolades were for Best New Business, Best Kept Shop Front and Best Service With a Smile.

Madeline said: “I am so humbled and honoured that my customers and the people of this town have taken the time to vote for me. I love my job, I love what I do and I love the people I meet along the way.”

There was a big turnout at Glengormley Pavilion for the inaugural Glengormley Business Awards.

Local business, community and political representatives gathered to find out which retailers and service providers received the most support in the online vote for the town’s favourite businesses.

The awards, organised by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, saw Serendipity At Home scoop three of the seven awards available.

The other winners on the night included Knags Bar and Grill for Best Food and Drink, Manny’s for Best Takeaway, Pretty Polished for Best Beauty Salon and Spar Glenwell for Best Retailer.

The awards were proposed by the Glengormley Chamber and Traders’ Association as part of the Glengormley Town Centre Action Plan. Every company in the town was eligible to be nominated and some, like Serendipity At Home and new coffee shop Linen and Latte were nominated in several categories. The winners were decided by public vote and more than 1,500 people cast their votes online.

Lisa O’Kane, Tourism and Events Manager at Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, said: “I am really delighted with how tonight went, both with the number of votes and the number of companies nominated.

“People really enjoyed themselves and the winners were truly worthy.”

• The full list of awards recipients was as follows:

Best New Business

Runner Up: Linen & Latte

Winner: Serendipity At Home

Best Kept Shopfront

Runner Up: Linen & Latte

Winner: Serendipity At Home

Service with a Smile

Runner Up: Linen & Latte

Winner: Serendipity At Home

Best Food & Drink

Runner Up: Linen & Latte

Winner: Knags Bar & Grill

Best Takeway

Runner Up: The Sphinx

Winner: Manny’s

Salon of The Year

Runner Up: Chrysalis

Winner: Pretty Polished

Retailer of the Year

Runner Up: Serendipity At Home

Winner: Spar Glenwell