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Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Business Awards

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Business Awards 2019

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

Entries for the awards are now open and we would encourage all local businesses to enter and get the recognition they deserve. Please note that the deadline for entries is 5:00pm on Friday 10th May 2019.  

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

  • The Sir Allen McClay Young Business Person Award
  • Best New Business Award
  • Commitment to Responsible Business Award
  • Best Hospitality Business Award
  • Excellence in Manufacturing Award
  • Excellence in Customer Service Award
  • Best Exporting Business Award
  • Best Innovation Award
  • Best Social Enterprise Business Award
  • Best Business Growth Award
  • Best Family Business Award
  • Outstanding Woman in Business Award
  • Best Apprentice Employer Award – NEW

Please click here to view detailed information on each of the award categories.

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.

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

 

The Sir Allen McClay Young Business Person Award

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Please click on the award category that you would like to enter to download the application form:

You may enter more than one category, but a separate form is required for each entry. Read the criteria on the website or entry form carefully before responding to all questions. All applications must be submitted by email to by 5:00 PM on Friday 10th May 2019.

Important Judging Information:

The Business Awards has appointed an independent delivery agent who will form the judging panel for these awards. This panel will be responsible for reviewing applications, interviewing finalists and selecting winners of each category.

Stage 1 of the judging process will be to shortlist submissions based on the criteria of each category. If an applicant is shortlisted for Stage 2, they will be invited to attend a short interview / presentation with the judging panel followed by Q&A. Shortlisted finalists will be notified of their interview date and time by Tuesday 14th May. The panel will rank the shortlisted finalists based on the interview to determine the winner. Please note that if an applicant is shortlisted for stage 2 of the judging process, they must be able to attend a 15-minute interview / presentation on Wednesday 22nd May at the Craigavon Civic & Conference Centre.

Businesses shortlisted will be announced on this website on Tuesday 14th May 2019.  No winners will be announced until the event on Wednesday 12th June 2019.

Important Entry Rules and Information

  • All entries must be submitted to ND Events by 5pm on Friday 10th May 2019 by email to
  • Any private sector organisation operating in the Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council area is eligible to enter the awards
  • Entering more than one category is allowed, but each entry must be submitted on separate entry forms (please note each award category has individual criteria)
  • The judges, organisers and sponsors cannot accept responsibility for the validity of claims made by entrants
  • If appropriate, the judges may decide to submit your nomination for an additional category
  • Award sponsors may enter the awards but cannot enter the category they are sponsoring
  • Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner on Wednesday 12th June 2019 – no results will be announced before this date
  • Shortlisting will take place by Tuesday 14th May and shortlisted applicants will be contacted if successful
  • Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a 15-minute interview/presentation on either Wednesday 22nd May at Craigavon Civic & Conference Centre. We are not able to reschedule these dates and by entering the awards the applicant is agreeing that they will be available on this date.  If due to any unforeseen circumstances that a finalist cannot attend their interview, a phone call with the judges at the allocated interview time will be allowed.  Any shortlisted applicants who are unable to attend or phone into the interview will automatically score a zero in this stage of the competition.
  • Award winners may state in advertising/promotional activities that they are winners, but must include the category and the year in which the award was won
  • Entry to the Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Business Awards implies acceptance of the rules and conditions
  • Data Protection – The information you provide will be held on a database to allow processing of your entry. Your details may be used to inform you of other events and services relating to the Business Awards as well as development opportunities for local businesses that are supported by Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council.

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

For information about award entries, sponsorship, table/ticket sales please contact:

ND Events
15 Market Place
Lisburn
BT28 1AN

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