Mid and East Antrim Borough Council will confer the Honorary Freedom of the Borough on Sir William Wright CBE next January.
Earlier this year elected members agreed on the prestigious award in recognition of Wrightbus founder Sir William’s contribution to global business and the local economy, and his service to Mid and East Antrim.
It followed a motion proposed by then Mayor Councillor Paul Reid and seconded by Councillor Audrey Wales MBE.
Sir William met with current Mayor Councillor Lindsay Millar and Council Chief Executive Anne Donaghy recently to plan the official conferment ceremony.
The Mayor said: “At this week’s meeting of full council it was agreed the conferment ceremony will take place on Friday 18 January 2019 in The Braid in Ballymena.
“Sir William’s vision and dedication has put our borough firmly on the map as an area of manufacturing excellence and innovation.”
Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Anne Donaghy said: “Sir William has provided employment to tens of thousands of our citizens over the years, showcased our area around the world, promoted and supported the education of our young people and provided a lifeline for many organisations and groups within Mid and East Antrim.”