THE ANNUAL Ballymena Business Excellence Awards were launched at a reception in the Braid on July 27.
This is the 16th year of the awards which are organised annually by Ballymena Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is the principal sponsor for this year’s awards.
Chamber President Alderman Robin Cherry MBE welcomed everyone to the reception and said: “Little did we think that when we organised the first awards in 2003 that they would become such an important and prestigious event.
“Just looking around this morning, it is great to see so many sponsors and guests present – this demonstrates that the interest in the Business Awards is stronger than ever. These awards help to celebrate the huge contribution made by our business community.
“The economic environment has been very tough in the last year, and these awards show the commitment of individuals and the business excellence that exists in the Ballymena Area.”
He continued: “I would like to thank Mid and East Antrim Borough Council for agreeing to be principal sponsor again this year and I assure you that Chamber will do everything to make this year’s awards the most successful to date.
“I would like to thank all the businesses who have sponsored awards or taken an advertisement in the Awards Brochure – without your support there would be no awards.”
The judging this year will again be carried out by Insight Mystery Shopping – it is entirely independent of Chamber thereby ensuring the integrity of the awards.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Councillor Lindsay Millar said: “Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is hugely proud to sponsor the prestigious Ballymena Business Excellence Awards.”
The Gala Awards Evening this year takes place on Thursday, October 18 in the Tullyglass House Hotel.
This is now a major event in the Ballymena business and social calendar, so put the date in your diary now. Awards brochures are now being distributed around the Ballymena area.
If you have not yet received a brochure, please visit www.ballymenachamber.co.uk where you can view the brochure and download an entry form.