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Lisburn and Castlereagh City Business Awards 2018

The winners of the 2018 Lisburn & Castlereagh City Business Awards in association with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council & Plastec were announced at a glittering gala awards ceremony at the La Mon Hotel & Country Club on Friday 23rd March.

Awards were presented across 16 diverse categories, demonstrating business excellence in areas such as customer service, marketing, innovation and export.

Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chair of the Council's Development Committee, said: "I am proud to have the opportunity to support and work with businesses within the Lisburn Castlereagh area. These business awards are the ideal opportunity to acknowledge the business excellence and innovation being achieved by our local companies. Every business has a role to play in the economic expansion of the Lisburn Castlereagh area; and the Council will aim to do what it can to fully support them and maximise economic returns for the benefit of the whole city. Congratulations to everyone who entered the awards, our finalists and the winners." 

Amongst those honoured were Business Person of the Year, James Leckey of James Lecky Designs Ltd, who also took the Best Manufacturing Business Award, and Hillmount, who received the Best Family Business and Best Non-Licensed Eating Establishment accolades.

James Leckey, Founder and Chief Executive of James Leckey Design Ltd an organisation that is a globally recognised pioneer in the research, design and development of clinically focussed, posturally supportive products said: “My team and I are thrilled to accept the Excellence in Manufacturing and Business Person of the Year awards from the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Business Awards. It’s a real vote of confidence in us and what we are working hard to achieve.

It was a great night and we would like to thank everyone involved in running the excellent event. Lisburn & Castlereagh City is a great place to base our business. Its proximity to large populated areas and strong transport and travel links makes it perfect for us and our growing global company. We are excited about the future and appreciate all the business and economic advice and support we get from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.”

Alan Mercer, Managing Director, Hillmount, said: “This is overwhelming! Winning Best Family Business and Best Non-Licensed Eating Establishment at the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Business Awards is a personal honour for me. My parents and I work tirelessly day and daily at Hillmount with our staff team to ensure we consistently provide our customers with the best experience whether they are buying a plant, garden furniture, a barbecue or stopping in to meet friends for lunch.” 

The sold out black-tie ceremony, which was hosted by Q Radio favourites Stephen Clements and Cate Conway, also featured an opening performance by the talented Fusion Theatre Company and a sensational after dinner performance by West End and Broadway Star Rachel Tucker.

The full list of winners is as follows:

  • Business Person of the Year Award (sponsored by GMcG Chartered Accountants) – James Leckey, James Leckey Design Ltd
  • Young Entrepreneur Award (sponsored by SERC) – Sarah Gallagher, La Bella Vita
  • Best Tourism Business Award (sponsored by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council) – Lisburn Bowl
  • Excellence in Customer Service Award (Non-Retail) (sponsored by Power NI) – Carnbrooke Meats
  • Excellence in Customer Service Award (Retail)  (sponsored by Retail NI) – McCalls of Lisburn
  • Best Family Business Award (sponsored by The Irish News) – Hillmount
  • Best Marketing Campaign Award (sponsored by Inspire Business Centre) – mxb shopper marketing agency on behalf of Bow Street Mall Shopping Centre
  • Best New Business Award (sponsored by Lisburn Enterprise Organisation) – VOJO Media Ltd
  • Excellence in Manufacturing Award (sponsored by Montupet Ltd) – James Leckey Design Ltd
  • Best Exporting Business Award (sponsored by OCO Global) – Brookvent
  • Business Growth Award (sponsored by Bank of Ireland) – Decora Blind Systems Ltd
  • Best Social Enterprise Business Award (sponsored by Social Enterprise NI) – LaganView Enterprise Centre
  • Best Licensed Eating Establishment (sponsored by Phoenix Natural Gas) – The Speckled Hen
  • Best Non-Licensed Eating Establishment (sponsored by Draynes Farm – The Gardener’s Rest at Hillmount
  • Innovation Award (sponsored by Plastec) – Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
  • Investment in Health Award (sponsored by Public Health Agency) – Allen Logistics

For more details and photos from the awards ceremony please visit

Shortlisted Businesses by Category

We are extremely excited to announce the shortlist for the 2016 Lisburn & Castlereagh City Business Awards!

Our judges completed the complex task of narrowing down the large number of entries to a concise and deserving shortlist for each category.

The shortlisted applicants for each category, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER, are as follows:


Business Person of the Year Award
Sponsored by Hanna Thompson Chartered Accountants

  • Jonathan Murphy - David Murphy Towing Brackets
  • Kellie McIlroy - The Speckled Hen
  • Paula Jennings - Stepping Stones NI
  • Robin Mercer - Hillmount Garden Centre


Young Entrepreneur Award - under 30 years old
Sponsored by First Trust Bank

  • Alexandra Frazer - EquiNutritive
  • Andrew McCully - Dundonald Nurseries and The Secret Garden Restaurant at Dundonald Nurseries
  • Katie Stevenson - La Bella Vita
  • Wendy Ward - Wendy Ward Lighting

Best Tourism Amenity Award
Sponsored by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

  • Clintagh Cottages
  • Hillmount Garden Centre
  • Lagan Valley LeisurePlex
  • Streamvale Farm


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

  • 4Beauty Group
  • Fusion Heating Ltd
  • PRM Group
  • Streamvale Farm


Excellence in Customer Service Award (Retail)
Sponsored by Progressive Building Society

  • Cordners Spar
  • McCalls of Lisburn
  • Oasis Travel
  • Petticoat Lane Bridal
  • The Dundonald Nurseries, Secret Garden Restaurant and Gift Shop Group


Best Marketing Initiative Award
Sponsored by Bank of Ireland UK

  • Bow Street Mall
  • Safety Solutions NI Ltd
  • The Inns
  • The Speckled Hen


Best New Business Award
Sponsored by Lisburn Enterprise Organisation

  • EquiNutritive
  • Goodness Rocks
  • Hollah Perserving
  • Paul Cooney Fitness
  • Simply Fish and Chips
  • Trailblazer BBQ Ltd


Best Exporting Business Award
Sponsored by NITC

  • Fabrite
  • Retail Merchandising Services (RMS) LTD
  • Trailblazer BBQ Ltd
  • Unicorn Mouldings Ltd t/a Flexi-Tile


Business Growth Award
Sponsored by Danske Bank

  • Decora Blind Systems Ltd
  • Eco Seal NI
  • The Speckled Hen
  • David Murphy Towing Brackets


Best Licensed Eating Establishment Award
Sponsored by Plastec

  • Rockmount Golf Club and Restaurant
  • Square Bistro
  • Tale of Spice
  • The Speckled Hen


Best Non-Licensed Eating Establishment Award
Sponsored by Andrew Ingredients

  • Atlas Café
  • Café Vic-Ryn
  • The Secret Garden Restaurant at Dundonald Nurseries
  • Simply Fish and Chips


Innovation Award
Sponsored by Xperience Group

  • Ad-Vance Engineering (Lisburn) Ltd
  • Hughes Craft Distillery t/a RubyBlue Spirits
  • Montupet (UK) Ltd
  • Trailblazer BBQ Ltd


Excellence in Rural Development Achievement Award

  • Ashvale Farm Shop
  • Brambleberry Jams
  • Lisnacurran Country House & The Barn at Lisnacurran
  • Peartree Barn Nursery

Excellence in Manufacturing Award
Sponsored by Montupet (UK) LTD

  • Decora Blind Systems Ltd
  • Fabrite
  • Wrights Design House


Best Social Enterprise Business Award
Sponsored by Social Enterprise NI

  • Blaris Training Solutions
  • Stepping Stones NI
  • The Resurgam Community Development Trust


Investment in Health Award
Sponsored by HSC Public Health Agency

  • Atlas Centre
  • GE Energy

Thank you to all the businesses who took the time to apply and congratulations to all the shortlisted applicants! We look forward to announcing the winners at the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Business Awards 2016 on Friday 11th March 2016.

For full details on the event and including information on how to book tickets, please contact Neil Dalzell on 028 9263 3232 or