Lisburn’s business elite celebrated at a gala event at the Lagan Valley Island when the winners of the 2015 Lisburn City Business Awards were announced.

Lisburn City Business Awards were organised and managed by ND Events on behalf of Lisburn City Council and in association with Hanna Thompson Chartered Accountants to recognise outstanding businesses in the Lisburn City area.

The awards were presented across 16 individual categories, from business excellence in customer service, marketing and innovation, to outstanding performance in manufacturing and exporting.

Congratulating all of the award winners, Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster said: “This event provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the success of Lisburn based businesses and to recognise their hard work and commitment to business excellence. A continued collaborative approach to business development, involving Invest NI, local councils and the local business community, will help to reap rewards locally within Lisburn and contribute positively towards our objectives for the Northern Ireland economy.”

Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart added: “Lisburn has a strong and thriving local business sector and the standard of entries this year certainly reflected this.  These awards provide a fantastic opportunity for us to raise the profile of the City of Lisburn and say a big congratulations to all of our winners and finalists.  The event itself has exceeded my expectations, as did the businesses represented who are setting new standards in business excellence, this was definitely a winning night for Lisburn.”

The winners were announced at a sold out gala ceremony hosted by Citybeat’s Stephen Clements and held on Thursday 19 March at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.

There was a surprise appearance from singing sensation Sam Bailey, winner of the X Factor in 2013, who performed a number of well-known hit songs. Sam said: “This is my first time in Lisburn and I’m delighted to have entertained the audience just prior to the awards presentation.”

Two of the biggest awards on the night were Lisburn Business Person of the Year and Lisburn City Contribution of the Decade Award.

Sandra Corkin of Oasis Travel was awarded the Lisburn Business Person of the Year and said “Winning this super accolade in the tenth year of the Lisburn City Business Awards is the icing on the cake for us, as the business has just celebrated thirty great years!  I am very proud that Oasis Travel has expanded to five branches across Northern Ireland over the years, but I never forget that we have our roots – and now our headquarters – in my own ‘home city’ of Lisburn.

“Lisburn has grown and developed enormously in recent years and the vibrancy of the city has enabled businesses such as my own to flourish.  The business community here has a real passion for excellence, especially when it comes to customer service and the Lisburn City Business Awards is a great example of how we are all encouraged to strive for success.”

The Lisburn City Business Contribution of the Decade Award was a new award introduced this year to mark the tenth anniversary of the awards. The category recognised businesses that have made an outstanding contribution to both the wider Lisburn economic and local community in the last decade.

The award was presented to Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland and Gillian Shields, Community Investment Manager from Coca-Cola said “ To receive the prestigious accolade of Lisburn City Business Contribution of the Decade Award is an acknowledgment of the hard work and commitment of everyone within Coca-Cola and recognition of their ongoing commitment to business excellence. We are very proud of our local heritage and have firm roots in Lisburn and a strong connection to the local community. Over the years, we have also developed a strong, long standing partnerships with Lisburn City Council and I believe that it is the strength and longevity of this partnerships which has been critical to our success to date.”

Other big winners on the night were Brookvent who took home two awards including the Innovation Award and Best Exporting Business Award. “Product innovation and developing export markets are at the heart of Brookvent’s strategy. We’re delighted to have achieved recognition in both these categories, and proud to accept the awards on behalf of the whole team at Brookvent” Dane Duffy, Sales and Marketing Manager, Brookvent.

The full list of winners is:

Best New Business Award (sponsored by Lisburn Enterprise Organisation)

  • The Speckled Hen

Best Tourism Amenity Award (sponsored by Lisburn City Council)

  • Lisnacurran Country House B&B

Best Marketing Initiative Award (sponsored by Bank of Ireland UK)

  • Angelo’s Lisburn

Best Social Enterprise Business Award (sponsored by Social Enterprise Northern Ireland)

  • The Resurgam Community Development Trust

Best Non-Licensed Eating Establishment Award (sponsored by Andrew Ingredients)

  • Café Vic-Ryn

Best Licensed Eating Establishment Award (sponsored by Pubs of Ulster)

  • Square Bistro

Innovation Award (sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland)

  • Brookvent

Best Exporting Business Award (sponsored by Barclays)

  • Brookvent

Business Growth Award (sponsored by Hanna Thompson Chartered Accountants)

  • Decora Blind Systems Ltd

Excellence in Manufacturing Award (sponsored by Danske Bank)

  • Montupet (UK) Ltd

Excellence in Customer Service (Retail) Award (sponsored by Lisburn City Centre Management)

  • PJ. Brogan Opticians

Excellence in Customer Service (Non Retail) Award (sponsored by Ulster Bank)

  • Dunmurry Dental Practice

Investment in Health Award (sponsored by Public Health Agency)

  • Allen Logistics NI Ltd

Young Entrepreneur Award (sponsored by First Trust Bank)

  • Tim Proctor – Tepee Design

Lisburn Business Person of the Year (sponsored by Progressive Building Society)

  • Sandra Corkin – Oasis Travel

Lisburn City Business Contribution of the Decade Award (sponsored by Montupet (UK) Ltd)

  • Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland

The 2015 event marked a very special occasion for the Council for two reasons; firstly because the Council is celebrating 10 years of the business awards, and secondly because this was the last business awards event for the Lisburn City Council area. From the 1st of April a new Super Council, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council will be established which will herald a new era for the Business Awards.

For more information and photos from the awards ceremony, please visit www.lisburncitybusinessawards.co.uk

ND Events has vast experience in organising and managing high profile and successful award ceremonies.  If you would like to discuss what ND Events could do for your organisation, please get in touch by emailing neil@ndevents.co.uk or check out ND Events website for more information www.ndevents.co.uk