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Karen Johnston, Alan Stewart, Johnnie McKillen and Jayne Caldwell from McKillens Footwear

Karen Johnston, Alan Stewart, Johnnie McKillen and Jayne Caldwell from McKillens Footwear

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Ballymena Borough Chamber of Commerce and Industry held its annual Christmas social/networking event in the Adair Arms Hotel on December 8.

There was an excellent turnout of Chamber members and guests.

Chamber President Alan Stewart, Grace Carmichael (Ballymena BID) and Stephen Reid (Grafters Design Studio) with special guest Ballymena Bear

Chamber President Alan Stewart, Grace Carmichael (Ballymena BID) and Stephen Reid (Grafters Design Studio) with special guest Ballymena Bear

This is always an informal evening and Alan Stewart, Chamber President welcomed everyone. He welcomed Grace Carmichael from Ballymena BID and Stephen Reid from Grafters Design Studio accompanied by a very special guest, Ballymena Bear.

He congratulated the BID on commissioning the Ballymena Christmas advert and Stephen on the excellent video which had been produced on a very tight budget.

He then went on to present the trophies and certificates for the 2015 Christmas window dressing competition. The first three prize winners were: Ballymena Business Centre, Church Street; Leaf Designs, Galgorm; McKillens Footwear, Church Street.

Alan then presented a special trophy and certificate for the Outstanding Window to Designer Homes and Interiors, Broughshane.

Alan Stewart presenting the trophy for the Outstanding Window to Emma, Philip and Robin McNeill from Designer Home Interiors, Broughshane.

Alan Stewart presenting the trophy for the Outstanding Window to Emma, Philip and Robin McNeill from Designer Home Interiors, Broughshane.

Alan said: “Robin and Emma have won trophies for their window the last two years and the judges this year asked that Chamber give special recognition for a truly excellent window display”.

Congratulations to all the winners. A presentation was also made to the NI Hospice. A raffle was held at the 2015 Business awards and a record £4100 was raised.

Chamber would like to thank the following businesses who donated prizes for the raffle: Michelin Tyre PLC, Galgorm Castle Golf Club, Galgorm Resort and Spa, Tullyglass House Hotel, Millside Restaurant (Gracehill), K & G McAtamney Butchers and Deli (Greenvale Street) and Go Sun Chinese Restaurant.

Alan Stewart with Rebecca and Nigel Ferguson from Leaf Designs, Galgorm

Alan Stewart with Rebecca and Nigel Ferguson from Leaf Designs, Galgorm

Alan Stewart presents a cheque for �4100 to Jean Boyce, Gerry McCann, Muriel Barr and Maureen Giles from the N I Hospice Ballymena Support Group

Alan Stewart presents a cheque for �4100 to Jean Boyce, Gerry McCann, Muriel Barr and Maureen Giles from the N I Hospice Ballymena Support Group