It’s that time of year again when the shortlist for the Belfast Business Awards 2012 is announced ahead of the awards ceremony and Gala Dinner in the City Hall on Thursday 8 November.
The shortlist this year includes our chums from Bespoke Belfast, up for best new business.
Elsewhere are the big names such as Translink, Castlecourt and Queen’s University. But there are a lot of small local businesses making a big impact on the shortlist. Some of those are Kabosh.net, Belfast Cookery School, and Oasis Travel.
You can check the full list of finalists at www.belfastbusinessawards.com
The Belfast Business Awards are organised by Belfast City Council in partnership with Belfast City Centre Management. There are 11 awards which will be presented to businessmen and women across the city in recognition of their fine work and achievements.
The awards’ categories this year are – `Best New Business`; `Best Green Business`; `Best Hospitality Business`; `Best International Trade Business`; ‘Best Creative Business`; ‘Best Social Economy Business`; `Young Business Person of the Year`; `Best Business Innovation`; `Best Business Expansion`; `Customer Excellence in Retail` and the `Business Person of the Year`.
The awards have been running for 7 years but this year the public will have the chance to vote for the winner of three of the awards’ categories – the `Best Hospitality Business`; `Young Person of the Year` and `Business Person of the Year`. They can cast their vote for the shortlisted businesses in each of these categories from today until 19 October by visiting the Belfast Business Awards website www.belfastbusinessawards.com for more information.
Alderman Christopher Stalford, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, said: “Belfast City Council aspires to improve the economic performance of local businesses by encouraging entrepreneurship and enhancing business growth and competitiveness across the diverse range of sectors located in the city. Through the awards, the council can recognise and celebrate business success by providing businesses with the opportunity to gain recognition for the excellent contribution they make towards the overall development of the city.
“It’s only a few weeks away now until the Belfast Business Awards ceremony takes place in the City Hall and I want to congratulate all those businesses who have been shortlisted in their individual awards’ categories.”
Tickets for the Belfast Business Awards 2012 Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony are now on sale and can be purchased by contacting 028 9024 2111.