Business award sponsors sought

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After the very successful Roe Valley Business Awards initiative in 2010 the organisers Accelerate Business Support Agency are now planning to run the awards again in November 2011.

Marc McGerty, Managing Director of Accelerate said: “We are looking for sponsorship from businesses and organisations that would like to get involved in the 2011 Roe Valley Business Awards.”

“At present we have nearly two thirds of the category sponsors secured, however, we would much rather prefer to have local businesses involved rather than mostly having large Belfast corporate sponsors.”

“There are a number of ways in which local businesses can get involved as sponsors. They can be a Principle Sponsor, which we are currently short of, they can category sponsor, or alternatively they can sponsor specific items at the event, ranging from the flowers or the wine on the table through to the fun casino.”

Cohesion Computing were one of the first sponsors signed up in 2010, and Cohesion Computing have signed up again as a Category Sponsor for the 2011 Roe Valley Business Awards.

Colly Hartin, proprietor of Cohesion Computing said: “It’s great to see the Roe Valley Business Awards returning in 2011, and if they’re as good as last year’s then it’s the shot in the arm the Roe Valley economy needs.”

“The awards create a great buzz in the business community, and it’s a great opportunity for businesses to get together and celebrate their achievements.”

“The media exposure for local businesses was phenomenal, and I know of many businesses that the business awards helped significantly.”

Ciaran and Gillian Montague from All Creatures Veterinary Health Centre won the Award for Technological Excellence in 2010, and this wasn’t the first award that they’ve picked up having won a number of other awards in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Gillian said: “It’s great to be recognised for all of the hard work and investment that we have made in the business, and it’s great to see businesses from all over the borough being acknowledged.”

“We have invested very heavily over the past number of years in the business and we believe that technology is one of the things that give us the edge over other veterinary centres.”

Ciaran added: “Our investment in technology has been very significant. We have invested in cutting edge lab equipment and in sophisticated computing systems, radiographic, endoscopic, ultrasound, and monitoring and blood analysis equipment for testing bloods, helping to ensure that we diagnose and treat the patient much more efficiently and effectively.”

“We are officially the only veterinary clinic in Northern Ireland using the newest and latest veterinary anaesthesia, Sevoflo. In 2010, we have invested considerably to upgrade our anaesthesia to this system so that our patients can benefit from maximum anaesthesia safety and an ultra fast recovery time post anaesthesia.”

“As well as making the investment in technology we also had to retrain and further upskill our team. As a result of staff undertaking additional training at the anaesthetic department in the Veterinary College in Edinburgh we have been able to bring this service to Limavady. We can now safely operate on elderly dogs and cats, even at 18 years old or over, budgies and parrots, small mammals such as guinea pigs and hamsters with minimal anaesthetic risk to the patient.”

Ciaran concluded: “In the past many of these cases had to be taken by their owners to other specialist clinics in Belfast but because of our investment in technology and the training of our staff we can now keep this work locally, helping the local economy.”

For more information on the 2011 Roe Valley Business Award or sponsorship opportunities call Marc McGerty on 028 777 22136 or email