Lisburn City Council has unveiled the shortlist of finalists for the 2015 Lisburn City Business Awards.

The coveted awards, which recognise outstanding businesses in the Lisburn City area, will this year be presented across 16 diverse categories.

The winners will be announced at a glittering, sold out gala ceremony on Thursday 19 March at Lagan Valley Island, an event which is seen as the highlight of the Lisburn business calendar and tickets are sold out.

Commenting on the shortlist the Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart said: “2015 marks the 10th year of the Lisburn City Business Awards and on the night the event will reward the hard work and achievements of local companies that continue to deliver business excellence”.

“In this context the finalists can be justly proud, as the calibre and volume of entries were both extremely high this year. On behalf of Lisburn City Council, I would like to congratulate them all and we look forward to celebrating their success on the 19 March.”

A panel of independent judges has determined the shortlist after considering an overwhelming number of entries that came in from a vast range of businesses across greater Lisburn.

The finalists are as follows:

Best New Business Award (sponsored by Lisburn Enterprise Organisation)

  • Eco Seal NI
  • Effortless Beauty
  • The Speckled Hen

Best Tourism Amenity Award (sponsored by Lisburn City Council)

  • Drumlin Lane
  • Lisburn Golf Club
  • Lisnacurran Country House B&B

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

  • Angelo’s Lisburn
  • Brambleberry Jams
  • Traction Finance

Best Social Enterprise Business Award (sponsored by Social Enterprise NI)

  • Springvale Employment and Learning (Lisburn)
  • Stepping Stones NI
  • The Resurgam Community Development Trust

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

  • Café Vic-Ryn
  • Stepping Stones NI
  • Thornbury’s Restaurant

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

  • Angelo’s Lisburn
  • Square Bistro
  • The Tap Room @ Hilden Brewery

Innovation Award (sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland)

  • Brookvent
  • Interlingua
  • NTD

Best Exporting Business Award (sponsored by Barclays)

  • Brookvent
  • Coincidental Dental Software

Business Growth Award (sponsored by Hanna Thompson Chartered Accountants)

  • Decora Blind Systems Ltd
  • Hanna and Hutchinson Consulting Engineers Ltd
  • Wrights Design House

Excellence in Manufacturing Award (sponsored by Danske Bank)

  • Decora Blind Systems Ltd
  • KME Steelworks Ltd
  • Montupet UK Ltd

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

  • John Preston Healthcare
  • J. Brogan Opticians
  • Oasis Travel

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

  • Dunmurry Dental Practice
  • Larchfield Estate
  • The Clinic at Vic-Ryn

Investment in Health Award (sponsored by Public Health Agency)

  • Allen Logistics NI Ltd
  • Atlas Women’s Centre
  • Dunmurry Dental Practice

Young Entrepreneur Award (sponsored by First Trust Bank)

  • Chloe Dougan – Chloe Dougan Designs
  • Lynne Givan – Effortless Beauty
  • Tim Proctor – Tepee Design

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

  • Marie Marin – Employers For Childcare Charitable Group
  • Paula Jennings – Stepping Stones NI
  • Sandra Corkin – Oasis Travel

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

  • Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland
  • Lisburn Enterprise Organisation
  • The Hilden Brewing Company

The 2015 event marks 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 will be 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 on the awards, please visit or contact Neil Dalzell at ND Events on 028 9560 7249 or email