Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Craigavon Business Awards - meat cleaver slices through the competition

Guests at the Craigavon Business Awards held in the town's Civic and Conference Centre
Guests at the Craigavon Business Awards held in the town's Civic and Conference Centre

One of the highlights of what is to be the ever Craigavon Business Awards have seen an innovative butcher in the heart of Portadown scoop an award recently established in the name of the late Sir Allen McClay, one of Northern Ireland’s finest entrepreneurs and founder of the ALMAC group.

Organised by Craigavon Borough Council’s Development Department, in association with Portadown Chamber of Commerce and Lurgan Chamber of Commerce, the high-profile gala ceremony in Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre showcased Craigavon’s business calibre.

Dwaine Smyth, founder of The Meat Cleaver picked up the Sir Allen McClay Young Business Person of the Year Award which comes with valuable mentoring from ALMAC and seven of its business partners. Lady McClay, wife of the late Sir Allen McClay presented this award to Dwaine commending his business philosophy and his efforts in putting Craigavon on the business map.

On this, the last Craigavon Business Awards before the reform of Local Government, SlurryKat, a company that is no stranger to success on this platform, came away with three awards including the prestigious 2014 Craigavon Legacy Award. SlurryKat’s Garth Cairns accepted this award from Mayor of Craigavon Councillor Mark Baxter on a night of record success for the company.

Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Mark Baxter said: “The Borough of Craigavon is a hub of business innovation and inspirational business people who have helped improve the economic climate in the local area. This wealth of business expertise is something we are all very proud of. I would like to extend my thanks to the event sponsors and those who helped to organise a very special night.”

There were 14 award categories in total, with The Meat Cleaver claiming a trio having also been named Best Urban Business and Best Independent Retailer. Best New Business went to Scallywags of Lurgan, New Forge House claimed the Best Green Business, JH Label winning the Most Innovative Business Category whilst Ballydougan Pottery were awarded Tourism and Hospitality Business of the Year.

Other winners on the night included Icons Coffee (Best Restaurant or Food Provider), BNL Productions (Best Creative Business), Funky Monkeys (Best Multiple Retailer) and Segway NI (Best Rural Business).

Sponsors for the awards include ALMAC, Portadown Chamber of Commerce, Lurgan Chamber of Commerce, Craigavon Industrial Development Organisation (CIDO), John Lambe Photography, Bank of Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland and Moy Park.

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