ABC Council launches flagship Business Awards

Thursday, 20 April 2017

ARMAGH City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has launched its flagship Business Awards for 2017, which aim to recognise and reward the area's most enterprising organisations.

There are 16 award categories available to enter with the deadline for completed submissions is Monday, May 8 at 5pm.

Almac is principal sponsor of the awards and categories include the in-demand Sir Allen McClay Young Business Person of the Year Award, as well as recognition awards for Best New, Family and Agri-Food Businesses, Export Initiative, Digital Innovation, Social Enterprise, Marketing Initiative and Eating Establishment.

In addition, there is an award for Outstanding Woman in Business, as well as Best Business Growth and Excellence in Manufacturing and Customer Service.

Winners will be unveiled at the ABC Business Awards Ceremony held at Craigavon Civic & Conference Centre on Thursday, June 22.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Garath Keating, speaking at the awards launch evening held in The Palace, urged local businesses to put themselves forward. "In an area proud of its industrial and manufacturing heritage, its growing export might and its success in innovating, driving growth and succeeding in a wide variety of sectors," he explained, "we want to properly celebrate talent, ideas and ambition, and, at the same time, provide our business sector with an unrivalled opportunity to network, engage and to inspire others with their knowledge and ideas."

 "This landmark event will celebrate the integrity, ingenuity and the inspiration that drives the business community across Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon and I want to encourage every business, organisation and individual which share in our business success to showcase their outstanding credentials."

Councillor Keating's message was echoed by Roger Wilson, Chief Executive, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, who said, "This is our opportunity to celebrate our outstanding business community, to applaud the work they do and to showcase the passion of those individuals who go above and beyond to drive the continued business growth which our borough enjoys.

“I would urge every business to consider the categories available for this event and to make their nominations early to ensure they are a key part of the Business Awards."

Meanwhile, Kerry Lyle, Almac Group Global PR and Communications Manager, said, "Almac is proud to have our global headquarters based in Craigavon with the range of talent, skills and support which our success relies upon within the borough. I wish everyone involved every success."

Full information and entry forms are available at


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