Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has agreed to be the principal sponsor for the 2019 Ballymena Business Excellence Awards.
The awards are organised annually by Ballymena Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Announcing the sponsorship deal, Robin Cherry MBE, Chamber President said: “I am delighted to announce that Mid and East Antrim Borough Council will be the principal sponsor for the 2019 Business Awards.
“We’ve seen growth in interest, attendance and applications for the awards every year since we started, with last year almost 450 people attending the Gala evening.
“It’s always great to see the mix of businesses at the awards, representing sectors from retail to manufacturing to services. And it allows Ballymena to showcase the best businesses and practices to outside bodies perhaps looking to locate new businesses.
“I’m glad to say that Chamber has an excellent working relationship with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and I look forward to this business focused approach continuing in the future”.
The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Lindsay Millar, said: “These annual awards are an excellent showcase for some of the very best examples of successful businesses operating in Ballymena who contribute positively to the growth of the economy in Mid and East Antrim.
“I am very pleased that Council is continuing to work with Ballymena Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry as principal sponsor to recognise the achievement and success of local enterprise and in so doing positioning Ballymena and Mid and East Antrim as a place to do business, an area to further grow and prosper with great opportunities and sound business ethos and where there is already a strong retail base that includes third and fourth generation businesses.”
Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Anne Donaghy, said: “As a Council, we are fully committed to supporting business growth and development, and promoting an environment that encourages and facilitates investment in our borough.
“Together with the backing of our elected representatives – who have demonstrated unwavering support to our focus on economic growth – we have introduced and delivered a number of initiatives which have the potential to transform the economy in this borough.
“Ballymena has had its challenges but we are fully committed to seizing every opportunity presented, as demonstrated by the planned £150m regeneration of St Patrick’s Barracks, the £80m investment in our Borough through Belfast Region City Deal, and our bid for a Heathrow Logistics Hub, which could result in £5bn investment and 5,000 jobs for Northern Ireland.”
Tom Wiggins, Chamber Business Development Manager, added: “Planning is already well under way for this year’s Awards. Once again Chamber will be employing Insight Mystery Shopping to carry out the judging and the Tullyglass House Hotel, an excellent facility we are fortunate to have in Ballymena, will again be hosting the Gala Evening.
“The date for this year’s award ceremony is Thursday 24th October which may seem a long way off but it will soon come around so put this date in your diary now. I am confident that this will be another brilliant evening”.