Public can vote for Ballymena’s top eateries

Representatives of the various sponsors of  the annual Ballymena Business Excellence Awards pictured with Ballymena Chamber of Commerce President Alan Stewart, Mayor of Ballymena & East Antrim Cllr Billy Ashe, deputy mayor Cllr Timothy Gaston and Ballymena Borough Council Chief Executive Anne Donaghy at the Awards launch.INBT32-100JC
Representatives of the various sponsors of the annual Ballymena Business Excellence Awards pictured with Ballymena Chamber of Commerce President Alan Stewart, Mayor of Ballymena & East Antrim Cllr Billy Ashe, deputy mayor Cllr Timothy Gaston and Ballymena Borough Council Chief Executive Anne Donaghy at the Awards launch.INBT32-100JC

The public are being given the chance to have their say for the first time on who wins Ballymena Business Excellence Awards for Best Eating Establishment and Best Small Eatery/Coffee Shop.

This year Ballymena Borough Chamber of Commerce and Industry are opening the judging to members of the public. The independent adjudicators, Insight Mystery Shopping, have shortlisted the entries for the two eatery categories and now it’s the turn of the public to vote by text.

Ballymena Borough Chamber of Commerce and Industry have run the awards for 13 years.

The principal sponsor is Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and the other sponsors are Autoline Insurance Group, Ballymena Business Centre, Bank of Ireland, Black Advertising, Diamond Recruitment, Fairhill Shopping Centre, firmus energy, First Trust Bank, Grafton Recruitment, JTI, Marcon Fit-Out, McKillens Footwear, Michelin Tyre PLC, Millside Restaurant Gracehill, Northern Regional College, Power NI, Riada Resourcing, Robinson’s of Ballymena and Ulster Bank.

To have your say in who wins the Best Eating Establishment simply text the keyword “EAT” to 88802 followed by a space and the number of your preferred entry. You will receive a confirmation text message for each of your valid votes. If you do not receive a confirmation text message then your vote has not been registered.

Eagle Bar & Grill EAT 1

Go Sun Restaurant EAT 2

Rococo Restaurant EAT 3

The Wild Duck EAT 4

To have your say in who wins the Best Small Eatery/Coffee Shop simply text the keyword “SMEAT” to 88802 followed by a space and the number of your preferred entry. You will receive a confirmation text message for each of your valid votes. Again, if you do not receive a confirmation text message then your vote has not been registered.

Bob & Berts SMEAT 1

Classic Cuisine SMEAT 2

Creative Gardens Galgorm SMEAT 3

Ground Espresso Bars SMEAT 4

Gwen’s Cafe SMEAT 5

Nobel Cafe SMEAT 6

Red Brick Coffee House SMEAT 7

The Barista SMEAT 8

The Corner Bakery SMEAT 9

The voting period is from Friday, August 21 to Friday, September 4. Standard text messaging rates apply. If you text your vote outside of the voting period, your vote will not be counted but standard text messaging rates will apply. You can vote by text message as often as you like within the voting period however Insight Mystery Shopping will have in place monitoring procedures designed to prevent individuals influencing the outcome of the voting through the use of any device, process or mechanism to automate votes.