Recognising, rewarding and reconnecting were the order of the day at the recent Belfast Business Awards winner’s lunch held at James Street South restaurant.
The event, hosted by Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce and sponsored by Bank of Ireland UK, was attended by over 40 of the award winning businesses. The guest list included winners, sponsors, Chamber members and those involved in making the 2015 awards such a resounding success. The lunch was a fitting occasion to allow our 2015 winners and sponsors to reconnect and build business relationships.
The event was also paramount in communicating the 2016 event, which has been scheduled for Friday 27th May 2016, with the principle sponsor once again being secured as Bank of Ireland UK.
Speaking at the lunch, Hugh Black, President of Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce said: “Today is about recognising the very best this city has to offer and celebrating the success of the winners.
“We want to celebrate and mark this success as well as look forward to the future.
“I want you to think back to Wednesday the 27th of May. And the 2015 Belfast Business Awards – a glittering night that put the very best of Belfast business in the spotlight.
“The competition this year was extremely tough. More than 80 businesses entered the 15 categories and I know the judges had a tough job.
“Those of you who won awards did so against stiff opposition and you can feel justifiably proud of what you achieved.
“The Belfast Business Awards also raised £2246 for the Habitat for Humanity charity, a very important part of the night.
“And now we want to look forward to the future. Here’s a date for your diary. Friday, the 27th of May, in Belfast City Hall – a wonderful location for such a prestigious event.
“Bank of Ireland UK has come on board, once again, as the principle sponsor for the evening. Their support is very much appreciated. Without them, and the sponsors for the various categories, we would not have an Awards night.
“On that note, from today, the categories are all once again open for sponsorship. This is an excellent opportunity to get your brand name in front of the key decision makers across Northern Ireland. Your brand can take pride of place and get exposure from the moment we launch in January.
“We need sponsors for 15 categories. Some of them are already secured. But if you are interested, I urge you to get in touch with Martina or myself from the Chamber as soon as possible. It really is on a first come, first served basis.
Mark O’Brien, Commercial Bank Manager, Belfast City Branch, Bank of Ireland UK, commented: “Bank of Ireland UK is delighted to come on board once again as principle sponsor of the 2016 Belfast Business Awards. We are committed to playing a key role in the development of a vibrant economy in Belfast and indeed across Northern Ireland. As NI’s Enterprising Bank we believe in staying connected to the local business community.
“Our direct involvement in the Belfast Business Awards and the imminent launch of our 12th Enterprise Week on the 13th of November is testimony to our commitment to supporting local businesses.”
Mark concluded: “We look forward to facilitating competition in Belfast City through the 2016 Business Awards and working closely with the Chamber on this fantastic opportunity to showcase the best of successful and talented business within our capital City.”