Business nominees set to shine at Ulster Tatler Awards 2021

Two of the most competitive categories at this year’s Ulster Tatler Awards are set to be the Businessman of the Year and Businesswoman of the Year Awards.

The Ulster Tatler Awards, now in their 14th year, celebrate the achievements of homegrown individuals and businesses, the likes of which have been filling the pages of the province’s leading lifestyle and society magazine for more than 50 years.

With fields ranging right across the business scope, five men and five women – all homegrown from across the province – are in the running for the two coveted business awards.

Contesting this year’s Businesswoman of the Year award are Kathie McCausland of Perfectly Pure, Kelly Cowan of Kelly Cowan Hairdressing, Donnamarie McGrillen of Vermilion Cosmetic Clinic, Aideen Duggan of Keenan Recruitment and Victoria Patterson of the Mayfair Group.

Amongst the men shortlisted for the Businessman award are Darryl Sloan of Neuspace, Thomas Ferris of Urban Events, Wayne Lyons of Soaks Bathrooms, Gareth Murphy of we are vertigo and Malcolm Beattie of MB Motors.

Other categories on the evening include beauty, fashion, interiors and hospitality, while the ceremony also recognises familiar faces who have helped put Northern Ireland on the map, in the form of Celebrity of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year and the showcase Lifetime Achievement Award which has recognised some of the province’s best-loved personalities over the years such as Dame Mary Peters OBE, Brian Friel, Sir James Galway, Gloria Hunniford, Barry McGuigan, Marie Jones, Hollywood actor Ciaran Hinds and most recently, sporting hero Pat Jennings who was honoured at the 2019 ceremony.

The Ulster Tatler Awards, in association with Keens furniture, features 13 categories voted for by the public, with shortlists in each category compiled from votes cast before judging panels of media and industry experts select their winners.  The winners will then be announced at a glamorous ceremony on October 28th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Shaw’s Bridge, presented once again by much-loved TV personality Pamela Ballantine.

“The wealth of talent we have here in Northern Ireland is second to none across a wide variety of sectors, particularly the constant flair we see in business, sport and entertainment,” said Chris Sherry, editor of Ulster Tatler.

“The difficulty in choosing just one deserved winner becomes greater every year and that speaks volumes on just how high the standard is across the province. It is fantastic to see a wealth of Northern Ireland talent recognised in the business industry with businessmen and women persevering on to achieve incredible business milestones despite an extremely tough year and a half.

“We are looking forward to marking the 14th anniversary of the Ulster Tatler Awards and, with a stunning new venue and new title sponsor on board, we are even more thrilled to see what this year’s Awards brings.

“Hosted once again by our good friend and TV personality Pamela Ballantine, and with entertainment on the evening provided by excellent local band The Handsome Princes, we’re really looking forward to what promises to be a very special night,” concluded Chris.

ULSTER TATLER AWARDS 2021:  Category shortlists

Fashion Boutique of the Year

  1. The Style Rack, Portadown
  2. Meela & Me, Armagh
  3. The Dresser, Banbridge
  4. Joli Clothing, Ballyclare
  5. House of Vixen, Omagh

Interior Designer of the Year

    1. Seaforde Interiors, Downpatrick
    2. Ultimate Interiors, Newry
    3. Yvonne Perry, Craigavon
    4. Atelier, Belfast
    5. Iconic Interior Design, Grainne Quinn, Castlewellan
    6. Pearl redesigns, Rathfriland, Newry

Spa of the Year

  1. The White Orchid, Armagh
  2. Dunamoy Spa and Cottages, Ballyclare
  3. Zen Day Spa, Newry
  4. Pure Day Spa, Killinchy


Hairdresser of the Year

  1. Brassy2sassyy, Dromore
  2. MACC Hair, Belfast
  3. Kelly Cowan Donaghadee
  4. G&S, Dundonald
  5. Bridgeen King Hair, Down


Beauty Salon of the Year

  1. Bespoke Beauty, Bushmills
  2. Serenity Beauty, Dromore
  3. Vitality Beauty Studio, Belfast
  4. Lalapanzi, Banbridge


Hotel of the Year

  1. Killeavy Castle, Newry
  2. Galgorm Resort and Spa, Ballymena
  3. Me & Mrs Jones, Portstewart
  4. Seagoe, Portadown
  5. Canal Court, Newry

Coffee House of the Year

  1. Barrel and Bean, Dromore
  2. Café Marmalade, Banbridge
  3. Vera & Ernie, Newry
  4. Maxemoo Farmyard Café, Millisle
  5. The Stormy Cup, Donaghadee

Personal Trainer of the Year

  1. William Johnston, Sculpture Gym, Belfast
  2. Ryan Mallon, Energized Fitness, Dunmurry
  3. Emma Spiers, GRL Health and Fitness, Craigavon
  4. Alan Waterman, Phoenix Gym, Belfast
  5. Karla Mc Allister Physical Excellence, Ballymoney


Businesswoman of the Year

  1. Kathie McCausland, Perfectly Pure, Dungannon
  2. Kelly Cowan, Hairdresser, Donaghadee
  3. Donnamarie McGrillen, Vermilion, Belfast
  4. Aideen Duggan, Keenan Recruitment, Belfast
  5. Victoria Patterson, Mayfair Group, Belfast

Businessman of the Year

  1. Daryl Sloan, Neuspace, Lisburn
  2. Thomas Ferris, Urban events, Crumlin
  3. Wayne Lyons, SOAKS, Belfast
  4. Gareth Murphy, we are vertigo, Belfast
  5. Malcolm Beattie, MB Motors, Ballymena


Restaurant of the Year

  1. Millar’s, Finaghy
  2. Jinglers, Banbridge
  3. Alexanders & Co, Down
  4. Basil Sheils, Armagh

Celebrity of the Year

  1. Adrian Dunbar, Fermanagh
  2. Paddy Rafferty, Belfast
  3. Christine Lampard, Newtownards
  4. Cate Conway, Belfast
  5. Barra Best, Belfast


Sportsperson of the Year

  1. Jonathan Rea, Ballynure
  2. Rhys McClenaghan, Down
  3. Kenny Shiels, Magherafelt
  4. Marissa Callaghan, Belfast
  5. Leona Maguire, County Cavan
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