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Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Business Awards


On Thursday, 22nd June, the inaugural Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Business Awards recognised and rewarded industrious and innovative companies across the region with 16 hotly contested trophies.

These awards, in association with principal sponsor Almac, were presented at a gala black tie event at Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre, attended by 250 business, industry and local council representatives.

Below is a list of all the award winners:

The Sir Allen McClay Young Business Person Award sponsored by Almac Group

  • Jourdan Baird, Craigmore

Best Agri-Food Business Award sponsored by Bank of Ireland

  • Gilfresh Produce

Best Business Growth Award sponsored by GMcG Portadown

  • Irwin M&E Ltd

Best Tourism Business Award sponsored by Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council

  • Blackwell House & Newforge House

Best Digital Innovation Award sponsored by Digital DNA

  • Healthcare Analytics Ltd trading as Nightingale Analytics

Best Export Initiative Award sponsored by Ulster Carpets

  • Mac Ivors Cider Co

Best Family Business Award sponsored by The Irish News

  • Alana Interiors

Best Marketing Initiative Award sponsored by Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce

  • Donaghys Shoes

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

  • Happy Hills Day Nursery

Best Social Enterprise Business Award sponsored by Insight Social Enterprise Solutions & Southern Social Enterprise Hub

  • Shankill Parish Caring Association (The Jethro Centre)

Commitment to Responsible Business Award

  • Homecare Independent Living

Excellence in Customer Service Non-Retail Award sponsored by Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council

  • CPS Property

Excellence in Manufacturing Award sponsored by Southern Regional College

  • Moy Park & Water Tecnik Ltd

Outstanding Woman in Business Award sponsored by First Trust Bank

  • Sharon Fleming, Thompson Travel International

Best Eating Establishment Award sponsored by Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council

  • Sinton’s at the Bridge & Yellow Door Deli (Portadown)

Excellence in Customer Service Retail Award sponsored by Business Partnership Alliance

  • Perfect Day

Newly appointed Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Gareth Wilson, said;

“On behalf of the council, I extend heartfelt congratulations to all our winners at what was a landmark event, not only for our borough but for Northern Ireland. These awards have brought our business expertise, entrepreneurial spirit and our commitment to succeed to the forefront of the corporate community far beyond the borough.

“It has been reassuring and encouraging to have these awards so well supported, both in the number of entries for each category and in the companies that came onboard as category sponsors, without whom this event could not have taken place.”

Roger Wilson, Chief Executive of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, said;

“The new ABC Business Awards have provided an unrivalled opportunity to showcase this borough’s exciting and energetic business community. As a council, we are committed to developing the economy and attracting inward investment, and this event raises our area’s profile on an international stage as we celebrate regionally and globally significant local businesses. I would like to congratulate the winners and commend all the finalists for getting behind these awards and look forward to other businesses and individuals who will be inspired by those we have recognised.”

Kerry Lyle, Global Communications Manager for Principal Sponsor Almac, said;

“We are delighted to be principal partner for these inaugural awards and are thrilled that tonight’s event was such a success. It has been a privilege to be involved in these awards and to have so many local businesses of all sizes and sectors, whether hospitality or healthcare, come together in a celebration of the accomplishments that are so evident across the region.”

These Business Awards are a major first for Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council as it reflects the diverse local and regional businesses firmly located in the engine room of Northern Ireland’s economy, from the well-established to start ups, family owned and operated to corporate multinationals.