The finalists have been announced for the Derry Business Awards 2012.
This year’s business awards campaign had an amazing response, according to the organisers, the local Chamber of Commerce and the City Centre Initiative, in partnership with Money Exchange.
Jim Roddy, City Centre Manager said: “We are delighted with the progress of the awards and I think that the broad range of businesses and individuals who have entered showcases all that is successful and unique about our city. We are now looking forward to having a great night at the City Hotel.”
Stephen Connolly, Money Exchange said: “On behalf of Money Exchange we are delighted to be working in partnership with the City Centre Initiative and Chamber of Commerce on the Derry~Londonderry Business Awards as we are committed to playing a part in Derry’s growth and to the success of our city. These awards give an opportunity for all of us involved in the business community to reward and celebrate the outstanding achievements of local business men and women - and their employees - during the last year.”
Sinead McLaughlin, Chamber Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted at the quality of the businesses that have come forward. There are a number of new and innovative companies that have made it into the final this year which proves that even in these difficult trading conditions our local companies are being creative and successfully competing in not just local but also the global market.
She added: “We have been overwhelmed with the number of applications this year and would like to thank all who have applied. We would like to congratulate all those businesses who have been selected as finalists and wish them every success on the night of the awards.”
Tickets are now on sale for the gala awards night which will take place on Friday, June 1 in the City Hotel. The black tie event will commence at 7pm, and plans to be an eventful evening which will include dinner, entertainment and networking opportunities. Entertainment on the night will be provided by ‘The Hit Men’. Tickets are priced at £50.00 + VAT per person. To reserve a place at event contact email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
The finalists are: Business of the Year - City of Derry Airport, 360 Productions and Millennium Forum; Entrepreneur of the Year - John and Donna Moran of Moran’s, John Farren of 360 Productions, Paddy and Edmund Simpson of Brunswick Cinebowl; Innovation Award - Uproar Comics, Dog Ears, Crescent Diagnostics; Best Tourism Initiative - Ilex, City Tours, Foyle International Ltd; Tourism Services Award - Airporter, City of Derry Airport, Foyle International Ltd; Best Large Business - Sainsbury’s, Donnelly & Taggart, City of Derry Airport; Outstanding Professional Service Award - MCM Insurance, MPA Recruitment, Paul O’Keefe; Digital Company of the Year - Dog Ears, Seedups, 360 Productions; Healthy Workplace Award - Londonderry Port & Harbour, St Columb’s College, Woodvale Construction; Promotion of Arts & Culture - Millennium Forum, The Playhouse, Foyle International Ltd; Best SME - Moran’s, Austin’s & Co, Airporter; Best Night time Economy - Custom House, Brunswick Cinebowl, Millennium Forum; Excellence in Customer Service - Firstsource, Curtis Opticians, Airporter.