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Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Business Awards 2019

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council is looking forward to the ABC Business Awards which will take place on Wednesday 12th June at the Craigavon Civic & Conference Centre.

Entries have now closed.

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council is delighted to announce the shortlisted finalists for the ABC Business Awards 2019:

Best New Business Award
sponsored by Armagh Business Centre, Banbridge District Enterprise, CIDO

  • Ballylisk Dairies Ltd
  • Firehow Ltd
  • Florrie & Will
  • The Mind Tribe UK

Commitment to Responsible Business Award

  • Irwin M&E Limited
  • JH Turkington and Sons Ltd
  • Mamo Building Services Ltd

Best Family Business Award
sponsored by GMcG Portadown

  • Autobits Motorstore Ltd
  • Boyce Precision Engineering Ltd
  • Fleetwise Ltd
  • James Hamilton Group
  • Manfreight
  • TERRY

Best Hospitality Business Award

  • Blackwell House
  • Linen Hill Kitchen Bar
  • Newforge House

Excellence in Manufacturing Award

  • Boyce Precision Engineering Ltd
  • Interface
  • Moy Park

Excellence in Customer Service Award
sponsored by Ulster Tatler

  • Bassetts
  • Maxx Life Gym
  • Newforge House

Best Exporting Business Award
sponsored by Ulster Carpets

  • Clive Richardson Ltd
  • Derry’s Ltd
  • Holmes Bakery

Best Innovation Award

  • Burren Balsamics Ltd
  • ePrintingUK Ltd
  • Long Meadow Cider Ltd
  • Manfreight

Best Social Enterprise Business Award

  • incredABLE (incorporating Café incredABLE & Step by Step NI – One Eighty)
  • Healthy Kidz
  • Madlug C.I.C

Best Business Growth Award

  • Autobits Motorstore Ltd
  • Boyce Precision Engineering Ltd
  • DFPF Ltd t/a People 1st
  • Manfreight
  • Not One Iota Ltd trading as iota
  • com

Outstanding Woman in Business Award
sponsored by Women in Business NI

  • Carolyn Trimble – IndiWoods
  • Eimear Mitchell – FAB Beauty Limited
  • Mairead Mackle – Homecare Independent Living HCIL

Best Apprentice Employer Award
sponsored by Southern Regional College

  • Irwin M&E Limited
  • Moy Park
  • Thompson Aero Seating

The Sir Allen McClay Young Business Person Award
sponsored by Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Civic Centre

  • Conleth O’Dowd – Kates Place Coffee Shop
  • Katie Matthews – Excel In Education Tutoring School and The Mind Tribe UK

 

The Business Awards give local companies the opportunity to be recognised for their hard work and commitment to business excellence. This area is home to over 8,000 businesses and growing the local economy is council’s number one priority.  Our businesses are central to everything we do and it is their passion and dedication to their staff, drive to innovate and commitment to delivering world-class goods and services that sets this area apart.  We are an entrepreneurial region with a wealth of exporting knowledge and our message is clear – this borough is open for business on a global basis.

The Business Awards will celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable businesses and will champion our exceptional business leaders, employers, innovators and entrepreneurs from across the local economy.

Tickets to the awards event are £60 + VAT, please email for a ticket booking form

The award categories for the Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Business Awards are:

 

The Sir Allen McClay Young Business Person Award

sponsored by:

This award will recognise the exceptional work of young professionals or managers in any aspect of business.  This category is open to all young business people, including entrepreneurs and managers, 30 years and under on 10th May 2019. Applicants will need to demonstrate the most impressive business successes in their career to date and show significant promise as a future leader in business.

Applicants can put themselves forward, or be nominated by another person.  The judging panel will be looking for applicants who have demonstrated a track record of young entrepreneurship.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • A summary of professional achievements and business successes
  • An endorsement from the employer or a client (if applicable)
  • Measurable evidence of successful business performance

 

Best New Business Award

sponsored by:

The Best New Business Award will recognise a successful new business in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area that started trading from April 2017 and will be judged on the following factors:

  • Description of the business and how it was established to address a market need
  • Business growth in the past two year and plans for future growth
  • Challenges the new business has faced and how the business has responded to these challenges

 

Commitment to Responsible Business Award

This award recognises businesses that embrace their responsibility to the environment, consumers, employees, local communities and/or other stakeholders in the public sphere with a view to celebrate the positive impact of business on the local community in the Borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon.

Applications will be judged on how the company embraces their responsibility to one or more of the following:

  • Environment
  • Employees
  • Local communities
  • Other stakeholders

 

Best Hospitality Business Award

This award celebrates the best hospitality businesses in the Borough. The award is designed to attract applications from eating establishments such as restaurants, pubs, cafes and any form of tourism businesses and the talented individuals behind them.  This award category is open to all private sector related hospitality businesses based within the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • How they meet and exceed customer expectations
  • Accolades and Achievements
  • Range of services offered

*please note that all finalists will need to have a satisfactory approval rating from Environmental Health if their business serves food.

 

Excellence in Manufacturing Award

This award specifically recognises excellence in manufacturing and will identify those organisations in the Borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon which have delivered remarkable performance and results and made a significant contribution to the manufacturing and engineering sectors.  Entrants will need to demonstrate that it is rooted in high quality research and development, the use of the most up-to-date equipment and processes, and is committed to developing a highly skilled workforce.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • An outline and profile of the business and how it demonstrates manufacturing excellence
  • Challenges the business has faced in the past and how the business has responded to these challenges, identifying manufacturing innovation and sustainability
  • Clear indications on quality standards, efficiency and sales performance

 

Excellence in Customer Service Award

This award recognises a business that can demonstrate across its organisation a commitment to providing the very highest level of customer service, and in doing so can be described as truly customer focused.  The Excellence in Customer Service Award is open for applications from service providers of any size in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Customer service strategy/policy
  • How they exceed customer expectations
  • Accolades and achievements in relation to customer service

 

Best Exporting Business Award

sponsored by:

This award recognises the achievement, innovation and excellence of businesses large and small from the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area, in reaching new markets by exporting their products or services to areas outside of Northern Ireland. (GB and Republic of Ireland will be considered as exporting).  This award has been created to encourage and recognise companies that have generated substantial and sustained increases in export activity.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The products / services that have been successfully exported
  • Evidence of the growth of the business export activity including the percentage of the business’ export business and which markets to which the business exports
  • How the business plans to maintain and expand the export market

 

Best Innovation Award

This award celebrates new ideas, processes, products, services, technologies and applications that have the greatest impact on an organisation’s success. This award will recognise a business that has most successfully applied innovation to their own or another organisation and can demonstrate how they have improved business results and financial performance through innovation.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Briefly outline the issue the innovation was designed to resolve & how has the innovation achieved this?
  • Evidence of how a culture of innovation has been adopted within the business
  • Evidence of how the innovation improved business performance?

 

Best Social Enterprise Business Award

The Social Economy Business Award is for businesses that trade for social or environmental purposes in the community sector, the voluntary sector or the social enterprise sector. This award will recognise the outstanding work carried out by social entrepreneurs in the Borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon and marks the contributions they have made in changing the future of their communities for the better.

This award is open to all social enterprises located in Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council area that have applied commercial strategies to maximise improvements in human and/or environmental well-being.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • How the business has a clear social or environmental mission that is set out in its governing documents
  • How the business is an independent business and earns more than half of its income through trading
  • The company’s aims and objectives for working with the local community
  • Initiatives or strategies that the organisation has implemented to make a positive impact on the local community or individuals
  • Reinvests or gives away at least half of its profits or surpluses towards its social purpose
  • Is transparent about how it operates and the impact it has

 

Best Business Growth Award

This award is for businesses that have achieved demonstrable growth by implementing a growth strategy for their business within the past three years. This award is open to all businesses in the Borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon that can demonstrate growth in one or more of the following areas; turnover, profit, staff numbers, market share and or geographic coverage.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The specific areas in which the business has grown and over what timeframe
  • The factors that influenced the business growth
  • How the business facilitated this growth

 

Best Family Business Award

sponsored by:

This award celebrates and recognises the achievements of established family owned businesses across all industry sectors that have successfully blended strong business acumen and family engagement. The applicants will be judged on distinctive business practices that have helped the business prosper and grow alongside the family commitment to smooth succession planning.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Story of the business including the family members involved and their job roles
  • Evidence of business growth over the years of the business
  • The contribution the family business has made to the local community
  • Accolades and achievements of the family business

 

Outstanding Woman in Business Award

The borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon proactively recognises, celebrates and champions the talent, vision, dedication and achievements of inspirational women working in the borough.  The council is committed to supporting and developing female professionals and entrepreneurs in all sectors of business and this award will acknowledge their outstanding achievements.

Applicants can put themselves forward, or be nominated by another person.  The judging panel will be looking for applicants who have demonstrated a track record including the following:

  • Impact of the nominee on their business’ success
  • Inspirational leadership and vision
  • Demonstration of exceptional commitment to the business and how they have inspired, enabled or supported other women inside or outside their business in a significant way.

 

Best Apprentice Employer Award

sponsored by:

In this new category, we are looking for the best apprentice employer within the Borough.  Whether you are an employer with a great scheme or an apprentice in an amazing workplace, let us know why your company deserves to win.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Showcase your ongoing commitment, contribution and the success that apprenticeships have brought to your organisation.
  • Include examples of best practice which makes your organisation’s apprenticeship programme better than the next.

If you have any further questions regarding the ABC Business Awards then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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