Recogition time for businesses

Launching the 2019 awards are Peter Girvan (from 2018 winner The Lava Group); Louise Turley (NI Chamber) and Dr Rosita Zolnourian (from 2018 winner Fortress Diagnostics).
Launching the 2019 awards are Peter Girvan (from 2018 winner The Lava Group); Louise Turley (NI Chamber) and Dr Rosita Zolnourian (from 2018 winner Fortress Diagnostics).

Businesses from across Tyrone are invited to compete in the 16th annual Chamber Business Awards.

Hosted by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), the prestigious competition is one of the showpiece events in the business calendar, recognising and promoting the best of Northern Ireland business.

The Northern Ireland winners will then go on to compete against the winners from 11 other regions across the United Kingdom, culminating in a Gala Awards Dinner at Tobacco Dock London in November.

Last year Dungannon-based McAvoy Group was amongst the regional winners who went on to win a national award in London.

Companies can enter nine categories, covering exports, small business, people development, technology, high-growth, customer service, family business, e-commerce and health and wellbeing.

Entries are now open and one of this years’ winners will also have an opportunity to open the market at the London Stock Exchange as a prize - a rare opportunity for a private business.

Louise Turley, Head of Campaigns & Events, at Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “Businesses are the driving force of the economy, which is why it is important for us to recognise and celebrate the contribution they make to both their local community and the wider economy.

“The broad spread of categories in the Chamber Business Awards reflects both the diversity of industries and skills of local firms, and the range of achievements and projects that they have been involved with.

“It is inspiring to see so many companies finding innovative ways to grow their business, which will in turn create jobs and wealth, and deliver economic prosperity. The Awards acknowledge the relentless efforts of these businesses and their talented employees.”

The closing date for entries is Friday, June 28, with entrants being assessed and then declared a winner at regional level on September 23.

Businesses can enter the awards online at www.chamberawards.co.uk or for further information can email awards@chamberawards.co.uk