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Lisburn and Castlereagh City Business Awards 2016

Business Awards


Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is proud to be the main sponsor of the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Business Awards 2016 that will take place on Friday 11th March 2016 at La Mon Hotel & Country Club.  

Taking part will give you the opportunity to:

  • Benchmark yourself against your peers 
  • Review your business strategy and focus
  • Engage key staff within your organisation
  • Get feedback to help your business  

A win or commendation is:

  • An excellent sales and marketing tool for organisations
  • An independent and prestigious endorsement of the quality of organisations
  • Excellent for staff and management morale and pride in the organisation
  • An opportunity to boost sales, by boosting profile 
  • A way to open doors to new suppliers, customers, investors and partners 

This year’s event is extra special as it is the first year of the newly formed Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. We have much to celebrate amongst the successful businesses in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area. 

Alderman Allan Ewart, Chair of the Development Committee at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said: “It’s important to recognise all of the great work that is going on around us, especially as the businesses behind it play such a key role in our local economy.

“The aim of these awards is to highlight the achievements of some truly remarkable companies in our area, which boasts an incredibly diverse range of skills and industries from artisan producers and hospitality providers to leading manufacturing and technology businesses, to name just a few.

“We’re especially delighted that this year, with the dawn of the new Council, we’re now able to invite entries from businesses right across Lisburn & Castlereagh. This has really widened the scope and I have no doubt that we’ll see a fantastic range of finalists,” Alderman Ewart added.

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