Ballymena Business Awards are back

Anne Donaghy (Chief Executive Mid and East Antrim Borough
Council), Chris Wales (Chamber of Commerce), Mayor Cllr. Audrey Wales MBE,
Ronan McCann (Chamber of Commerce President) and Alison Moore (Chamber of Commerce) at the launch of the 2016 Ballymena Business Excellence Awards

Anne Donaghy (Chief Executive Mid and East Antrim Borough Council), Chris Wales (Chamber of Commerce), Mayor Cllr. Audrey Wales MBE, Ronan McCann (Chamber of Commerce President) and Alison Moore (Chamber of Commerce) at the launch of the 2016 Ballymena Business Excellence Awards

Entries and nominations are being sought for the best local businesses with the 2016 Ballymena Business Excellence Awards set to be held in October.

This is the 14th year of the awards which are organised annually by Ballymena Borough Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is the principal sponsor for this year’s awards.

Chamber President Ronan McCann said: “These awards help to celebrate the huge contribution made by our business community. The economic environment has been very tough in the last year, and these awards show the commitment of individuals and the business excellence that exists in the Borough.

“I would like to thank all other businesses who have sponsored awards or taken an advertisement in the awards brochure – without your support there would be no awards.

“The judging this year will again be carried out by Insight Mystery Shopping – it is entirely independent of Chamber thereby ensuring the integrity of the awards.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE said: “In this the 14th year of the awards we will once again be paying tribute to the entrepreneurship and excellence across the range of businesses in the Ballymena area. The Ballymena Business Excellence Awards continue the theme of building towards the future. They recognise, reward and promote those businesses throughout the Ballymena area who consistently strive to better their product, service, facility, workplace and involvement in the community. Ballymena is a great place to do business and we are proud to be home to some great globally recognised organisations and extremely successful home grown ones.” Awards brochures are now being distributed around the Ballymena area or please visit www.ballymenachamber.co.uk where you can view the brochure and download an entry form. For tickets contact Chris Wales at office@ballymenachamber.co.uk or 07876 758797.

2016 Ballymena Business Excellence awards – Awards and Sponsors

Customer Service Award Retail Sector (Independent Retailer) – First Trust Bank

Customer Service Award Retail Sector (Multiple Retailer) – Power NI

Best Eating Establishment Award – RiverRidge Recycling

Best Small Eatery/Coffee Shop Award – firmus energy

Customer Service Award Service Sector – Riada Resourcing

Customer Service Award Hospitality Sector – Autoline Insurance Group

Business Premises Award – Fairhill Shopping Centre

Innovation Award – Robinson’s of Ballymena

Best Business Website Award - JTI

Right Place to Work Award – Black Advertising

Most Promising New Business Award – Bank of Ireland

Best Small Business Award – Michelin Tyre PLC

Best Use of Digital and/or Social Media Award – Ballymena Borough Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Export Business of the Year Award – Danske Bank

Social Enterprise of the Year – Ballymena Business Centre

Involvement in the Community Award – Diamond Recruitment

Best Creative Business Award – Millside Restaurant Gracehill

Best Young Person in Business Award – Northern Regional College

Employee of the Year Award – Grafton Recruitment

Business Growth Award – Ulster Bank

Commitment to Ballymena Award – Mid and East Antrim Borough Council