The anxious wait is finally over…today the shortlist for the 2017 Belfast Business Awards is revealed.
Organised and hosted by Belfast Chamber of Trade & Commerce with Principal Sponsor, Bank of Ireland UK, the annual, highly-coveted ceremony has become synonymous with recognising, promoting and rewarding the excellence of Belfast-based companies.
Over 60 of Belfast’s top businesses have made the shortlist spanning 18 categories, from creative, community, digital marketing, age-friendly to food and drink. The gala ceremony will take place on Friday 26th May 2017 at Titanic, Belfast.
Gordon McElroy, President of Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce said: “We have been absolutely blown away by the level of entries this year cementing Belfast businesses as the benchmark for excellence in today’s competitive business environment.
“Over the next couple of weeks, a series of interviews will take place with a panel of judges to decide the overall winners in each category.
“There will also be extensive mystery shopping for the customer service and hospitality based categories, so I encourage everyone to go the extra mile and showcase their business and staff to their absolute best ability.
“The awards night is a real highlight in the Chamber calendar. It’s a night to celebrate, to network and to give yourself and team a well-deserved pat on the back.
“This year’s glittering, gala event will be held in the fantastic Titanic Belfast, the Worlds Number 1 tourist destination and will be hosted by Sarah Travers and Pete Snodden. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by contacting Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce.”
Gordon concluded: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the entrants for the time and effort that has gone into the entries and to congratulate those shortlisted.”
The Belfast Business Awards Gala Ball will take place at Belfast City Hall on Friday 26th May 2017 at Titanic Belfast. For further information visit www.belfastchamber.com.
Full shortlist below:
CATEGORY: Customer Service Excellence, Hospitality Sector
*Holiday Inn, City Centre
*DinaDina – Food, the Italian Way
*James Street South Group
CATEGORY: Best New Business
*David James Kerr Ltd
*Mascott Construction (Europe)Ltd.
CATEGORY: Customer Service Excellence, *Independent Retailer
*Centra, Chichester Street
*Scooter Specialist NI
CATEGORY: Best Marketing Initiative
*Paschal O’Hare Solicitors
CATEGORY: Business Growth
*Newbridge Financial Planning
CATEGORY: Customer Service Excellence, Professional Business Services
*TLT Property Management
*Bell & Company
*PKF-FPM Accountants Ltd
CATEGORY: Social Enterprise of the Year
*Newington Credit Union
*Clanmil Housing Group
CATEGORY: Best Family Business
CATEGORY: Best Company to work for
*Cleaver Fulton Rankin
CATEGORY: Best Business Premises
CATEGORY: Young Business Person (U30)
*Chris Busby, MCS Group
*Mark McCallion, Titanic Quarter Ltd
*Erin Lyle, Aurora Studios
*Grainne Leathem, Titanic Quarter Ltd
*Lynne Gibson, The Dock Market
CATEGORY: Employee of the Year
*Kym Horner, MKB Law
*Cheryl Stone, Abacus Recruitment
*Angela Taylor, Oasis Travel
*Jennifer Madden, Belfast Cosmetic Laser Clinic
CATEGORY: Business Person of the year
*Gareth Loye, M & M Contractors
*Chris Suitor, Suitor Menswear
*Brendan McDowell, BPerfect Cosmetics
*David Hetherington, Industrial Process Systems
CATEGORY: Involvement in the Community
*Charles Hurst Group
CATEGORY: Best Digital Business
*Foods Connected Ltd
CATEGORY: Best Eatery / Coffee Shop (EATERY)
*The Morning Star
*Havana, Bank Sq
*Abacus Inns (RITAS)
*James Street South
CATEGORY: Best Eatery / Coffee Shop (COFFEE SHOP)
*The General Merchant (Ormeau Road)
*Bob and Berts (Stranmillis)
*Three Kings (Lisburn Rd)
*Café Smart (Belmont Rd)
*Olivers (Belmont Rd)
*Synge & Byrne (Boucher Rd)
CATEGORY: Best Creative Business
*Red Box Studios
*Creating Retail Magic
CATEGORY: Best Age-Friendly Business
*Paschal O’Hare Solicitors
*Happy Feet Podiatry Services
*Queen’s Film Theatre
*Marks & Spencer
See all www.belfastchamber.com for all details.