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Celebrating business in Lisburn & Castlereagh

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Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

2nd Mar 2023

The winners of the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Business Awards 2023 have been announced at a glittering gala awards ceremony.

The event took place at the La Mon Hotel & Country Club on Friday 24 February in association with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and South Eastern Regional College.

Awards were presented to winners in 14 categories, demonstrating business excellence in areas such as customer service, tourism, innovation and eating out.

Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chair of the Council’s Development Committee, said: “I am proud to have the opportunity to support and work with businesses in the Lisburn Castlereagh area. These business awards are the ideal opportunity to acknowledge the business excellence and innovation being achieved by our local companies. Congratulations to everyone who entered the awards, our finalists and the winners.”

Elaine Flynn, Head of Business & Commercial Contracts of SERC, which was an associate sponsor of the awards said “South Eastern Regional College was delighted to support the LCCC Business Awards as Associate Sponsor and to help recognise and celebrate the entrepreneurs, businesses, and indeed people that make our community a vibrant place to live and work. We are delighted that so many incredible local businesses were shortlisted and we incredible winners were announced on the night.”

Among those honoured were Philip Morrow from food distribution company PRM who was named Lisburn & Castlereagh Business Person of the Year.

Another popular gong on the evening was the Rising Star Award, won by Oliver Anderson of Ollies Patisseries Moira.  Ollie is just 15 years old.  The judges said: “The commitment, dedication, ambition, focus and discipline that Ollie has could teach us all a lesson. He has a clear plan for his business, and we cannot wait to see how he progresses on his journey. For someone so young, to be as committed as he is in establishing his business, while juggling school, is so impressive.”

Other big winners on the night included The Ivanhoe Hotel which scooped both the Best Licensed Eating Establishment and the Best Family Business Awards.

Leckey were also double winners – taking home awards for Excellence in Customer Service and being the Best Company to Work For.

The black-tie ceremony, which was hosted by BBC Radio presenter Connor Phillips, also featured entertainment performances by O’Hara.

The full list of winners is as follows:

  • Best New Business Award sponsored by Inspire Business Centre – Smooth Communications
  • Excellence in Customer Service Award sponsored by Ulster Tatler – Leckey
  • Best Tourism Business Award sponsored by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council – Down Royal Racecourse
  • Innovation Award sponsored by South Eastern Regional College – McCulla Ireland
  • Excellence in Manufacturing Award sponsored by Lisburn Chamber of Commerce – KME Steelworks
  • Best Social Enterprise Business Award sponsored by Social Enterprise NI – Stepping Stones NI
  • Best Licensed Eating Establishment Award sponsored by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council -The Ivanhoe Hotel Bar & Grill Bistro
  • Best Non-Licensed Eating Establishment Award sponsored by Pure Roast Coffee – Percival
  • Excellence in Contribution to the Community Award sponsored by Bank of Ireland – Greenview
  • Best Family Business Award sponsored by Lisburn Enterprise Organisation – The Ivanhoe Hotel
  • Best Company to Work For Award sponsored by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council – Leckey
  • Business Success Award sponsored by GMcG Chartered Accountants – Pure Roast Coffee
  • Rising Star Award sponsored by McCulla Ireland – Oliver Anderson, Ollies Patisseries Moira
  • Lisburn & Castlereagh Business Person of the Year sponsored by Dalzell Property – Philip Morrow, PRM

For more details and photos from the awards ceremony please visit