Shortlist announced for borough’s business awards

Cllr Marie Mackessey, Caroline Diamond, Lisa O'Kane and Denise Murphy. INNT 42-427-RM
Cllr Marie Mackessey, Caroline Diamond, Lisa O'Kane and Denise Murphy. INNT 42-427-RM

The shortlist has been announced for the 2012 Newtownabbey Business Awards and local businesses are eagerly awaiting the results ahead of the Gala Awards Ceremony which will be held on November 9 in Theatre at The Mill.

The main sponsor of the awards, Full Circle Management Solutions oversaw the judging process.

Managing director Simon Devlin said: “Applications were received from both large and small businesses across a wide range of sectors.

“We were very impressed with the standard of applicants and it will be tough choosing the best of the borough’s businesses. The awards offer a unique opportunity to raise the profile of businesses in Newtownabbey and those who have been shortlisted should be very proud of their achievements.”

Newtownabbey Borough Council thanked all companies who entered the awards and congratulated those who made the shortlist. The shortlisted businesses in each category are:

Excellence in Customer Service, sponsored by First Trust Bank

n Fleming and Cuthbert Funeral Directors

n Glengormley Chiropractic

n McCandless Opticians

Best Food Establishment, sponsored by The Big Picture Studio

n Barista Coffee House & Sandwich Bar

n Café Cuisine

n The Bureau by the Lough

n The Tea Room at Ballylagan Organic Farm

Best New Business Start up, sponsored by Canyon Europe

n Barista Coffee House & Sandwich Bar

n Body Lab NI

n Funky Monkeys

Best Small Business, sponsored by Henderson Group

n Environmental Street Furniture

n Taylored Workwear

n Laurelview

Best Growth Business, sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland

n Environmental Street Furniture

n Positive Marketing NI

n TOT Technical

Involvement in the Community Award, sponsored by TESCO

n Bailies Autos

n Browns Houston & Williamson Funeral Directors

n Henderson Group

Best Business Service Provider, sponsored by E.A. Davies Insurance

n David Clarke Landscape Architect

n Expeditors International

n Taylored Workwear

Embracing Diversity Award, sponsored by CAN PEACE III Partnership

n Asda

n Bombardier

Best Business Website, sponsored by Chain Reaction Cycles

n A2B Skip Hire

n Ashers Baking Company

n Philip Tweedie

Best Business Premises Award, sponsored by Newtownabbey Borough Council

n Barista Coffee House & Sandwich Bar

n Canyon Europe

n The White House Preservation Trust

Best Marketing Initiative, sponsored by Funky Monkeys

n Glengormley Chiropractic

n Henderson Group

n The White House Preservation Trust

Business Person of the Year, sponsored by Full Circle Management Solutions

n E A Davies

n Smurfit Kappa Packaging

n Williams Industrial Services

The sponsors of this year’s awards were celebrated at a reception at Mossley Mill on October 11, council officers expressed how encouraging it was that the awards received sponsorship from the business community, despite the current economic climate.

Mayor Victor Robinson, who hosted the event, said: “It is important to recognise and thank the sponsors of this year’s business awards, some of whom have had a long association with the event and others who have just come on board this year.

“We hope the sponsors benefit from their association with this prestigious event to celebrate local business success.”

Tickets for the Gala Awards Ceremony are priced at £30 and are available by emailing or calling 9034 0052.