ORganisers of the Bangor Business Awards are looking forward to their 10th anniversary next year following the resounding success of the 2009 event.
Bangor Chamber of Commerce and Bangor Town Centre Management said the event again offered local business the opportunity to put themselves forward for recognition for the hard work they put in throughout the year.
Over 330 people attended this year’s awards, which took place at Clandeboye Lodge Hotel, including First Minister Peter Robinson, Mayor of North Down, Alderman Leslie, and North Down MP, Lady Sylvia Hermon.
Mr Robinson said he was “delighted” that the event had went ahead despite the current economic difficulties, and that he was confident the awards would go from strength to strength in the coming years.
Among the winners at the 2009 event included:
l Best New Business — Snakes ‘n’ Ladders;
l Tourism and Hospitality Award — The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn;
l Best Neighbourhood Business Award — Spar, Belfast Road;
l Best Bangor Eatery — Back Street Bistro;
l Employee of the Year Award — Tony Evans, security officer, Flagship Centre;
l Best Licensed Venue — Coyle’s;
l Innovation Award — The Frying Squad.
Evan Ward, president of Bangor Chamber of Commerce, said the awards ceremony was about the success of the business community in the area and that he was looking forward to next year.