Council turns spotlight on business community

Lisburn and Castlereagh City council has launched its 2016 Business Awards with a call to local firms and entrepreneurs to get their entries in ahead of the February 12 deadline.

At the launch of the Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council Business Awards are Alderman Allan Ewart, Chair of the councils Development Committee, and Susan Dunlop, Partner, Hanna Thompson Chartered Accountants.

Organised by the council in association with Hanna Thompson Chartered Accountants, the awards recognise local organisations and business people for their commercial success and contribution to the area.

Businesses in Lisburn and Castlereagh are eligible to enter each of the 16 categories.

The winners will be announced at a black-tie ceremony hosted at the La Mon Hotel and Country Club on Friday March 11 by Q Radio breakfast show presenter Stephen Clements.

Chair of the council’s Development Committe, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: “It’s important to recognise all of the great work going on around us, especially as the businesses behind it play such a key role in our local economy. . .

“We’re especially delighted that this year, with the dawn of the new council, we’re able to invite entries from businesses right across Lisburn and Castlereagh.

“This has really widened the scope and I have no doubt that we’ll see a fantastic range of finalists.

“The competition will be tight as the standard is always so high, but it is a fantastic opportunity for local firms to showcase their abilities and their success.

“I would encourage them all to get their entries in and help us celebrate the very best that we have to offer across the wider Lisburn and Castlereagh area.”

Businesses should visit for more information on categories and how to enter, or contact Neil Dalzell at ND Events on 028 9263 3232 or [email protected]

The deadline for awards entries is 5pm on Friday, February 12.

Categories include: Business Person of the Year , Young Entrepreneur (sponsored by First Trust Bank), Best Tourism Amenity (sponsored by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council), Excellence in Customer Service (Non Retail), Excellence in Customer Service (Retail), Excellence in Rural Achievement, Best Marketing Initiative (sponsored by Bank of Ireland), Best New Business (sponsored by Lisburn Enterprise Organisation), Excellence in Manufacturing (sponsored by Montupet UK Ltd), Best Exporting Business , Business Growth Award (sponsored by Danske Bank), Best Social Enterprise Business, Best Licensed Eating Establishment, Best Non-Licensed Eating Establishment, Innovation Award and Investment in Health (sponsored by Public Health Agency).