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Finalists Announced for ABC Council Business Awards

A record response from local business has seen almost 50 shortlisted businesses and individuals from over 120 entries making it through to the finals of the ABC Business Awards.

48 finalists, chosen by a panel of independent judges from an unprecedented number of entries, will now be interviewed to determine the winner in each of the 14 categories.

Judges were staggered by the number of new businesses entering this year’s awards, showing that the entrepreneurial spirit of the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough hasn’t been dampened by the challenges of the last couple of years.

The awards are designed to recognise local business success, growth and innovation across a range of sectors and the borough-wide event, held in partnership with Power NI, will take place in person on Thursday 24 February 2022 at the Seagoe Hotel, Portadown, hosted by presenter Sarah Travers.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Glenn Barr said:

“The ABC Business Awards represent an opportunity to showcase the borough’s outstanding business community, allowing us to applaud the work they do and highlight the passion of those individuals who go above and beyond to drive continued business growth. I am very much looking forward to celebrating our talented and ambitious business community in person at the live awards ceremony next month.”

Amy Bennington, Commercial Marketing Manager at Power NI, commented:

“We’re delighted to see so many businesses getting involved this year in the ABC Business Awards, and it allows us to really showcase our local success stories. Good luck to all those shortlisted and we look forward to announcing the winners on 24th February at the awards ceremony.”

The ABC Business Awards will include the prestigious Sir Allen McClay Young Business Person of the Year Award as well as recognition awards for Best New, Family, Hospitality, Agri-Food Businesses, Innovation, Social Enterprise, and the Commitment to Sustainability and Responsible Business Award.

New awards this year are Best Place to Work and Transport and Logistics Award. In addition to an award for Best Apprentice Employer, sought-after awards are also available for Best Business Growth, Excellence in Manufacturing, and Customer Service.

To learn more about the event, categories and shortlisted companies, please visit www.abcbusinessawards.com. Tickets are priced at £60 + VAT and can be purchased by emailing abc@plannd.co.uk.

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Photo caption: Almost 50 local businesses and business people have made it through to the finals of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Business Awards, taking place in person on 24 February in the Seagoe Hotel, Portadown. Pictured launching the awards are: Lord Mayor Glenn Barr, Chair of Economic Development Councillor Declan McAlinden, and Chief Executive Roger Wilson of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, with Amy Bennington from Power NI, associate sponsor.

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