Thu 1st Mar 2018
Chamber Business Awards to showcase best of local business for 15th year running
Colin Johnston, General Manager of Galgorm Resort & Spa (second left) with NI Chamber’s Nicola Woods, John Quinn and Gabi Burnside launching this year’s Chamber Business Awards.
Businesses from across Northern Ireland are invited to compete in the fifteenth annual Chamber Business Awards hosted by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).
The prestigious competition is one of the showpiece events in the business calendar, recognising and promoting the best of Northern Ireland business. The Northern Ireland winners will then compete against the winners from 11 other regions across the UK, culminating in a Gala Awards Dinner at Tobacco Dock London in November.
Last year Armagh-based Linwoods and Dunmurry’s Flynn were amongst the regional winners who went on to win national awards in London.
Companies can enter nine categories, covering exports, small business, exemplary employers, technology, high-growth, customer commitment, partnerships with the education sector, digital communications and workplace wellbeing. A full list is as follows:
- Small Business of the Year
- Export Business of the Year
- Best Use of Technology Award
- Employer of the Year
- Workplace Wellbeing Award
- Customer Commitment Award
- Digital Communications Campaign of the Year
- Education and Business Partnership
- High Growth Business of the Year
Entries are now open, and one of this years’ winners will also have an opportunity to open the market at the London Stock Exchange as a prize – a rare opportunity for a private business.
Gabi Burnside, Business Services Manager at Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said:
“The Chamber Business Awards recognise and celebrate the contribution of businesses to their local community and the wider economy.
“We are hearing so many stories from dynamic companies about how they are making a positive contribution to their local communities, and finding new markets for their products and services at home and abroad.
“Each year the calibre and diversity of applicants to the Chamber Business Awards surpasses our expectations, and we look forward to seeing the scope of great companies that apply this year.”
Colin Johnston, General Manager of Galgorm Resort & Spa, winner of the ‘Excellence in Customer Service Award’ last year, said:
“We were delighted to have scooped the Excellence in Customer Service Award at The Chamber Business Awards.
“Recognising and rewarding excellence in business, these awards are one of the most contested and prestigious business award programmes. They represent the best of this country’s entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and hard-work and give every business the opportunity to recognise their achievements and outstanding performances; and to inspire others.
“We wish all those entering this year the very best of luck as they compete for these much coveted titles”.
The closing date for entries is Friday 29 June 2018 with entrants being assessed and then declared a winner at regional level on 24 September 2018. Northern Ireland winners then go forward to the Gala Awards dinner at Tobacco Dock in London on 29 November 2018.