Larne Business Awards 2016: winners and finalists

LEDCOM CEO Ken Nelson (left) and directors enjoying the evening. INLT 24-305-CON
LEDCOM CEO Ken Nelson (left) and directors enjoying the evening. INLT 24-305-CON

Leading local entrepreneurs received honours at the Larne Business Awards 2016 at a gala dinner in Ballygally Castle Hotel last night.

Here is a full breakdown of the finalists in each of the 15 categories, with the winners highlighted in bold:

Best Retail Initiative

Larne Traders Forum; Thompsons Lighting; ND Online Retail Ltd

Best Export Business

Raptor Photonics Ltd; Stealth Translations

Excellence in Innovation

Raptor Photonics Ltd; County Antrim Archery Centre Ltd; Makey Bakey Heart; John Mathews.

Readers Favourite Restaurant/Cafe

Java Junkie; The Lunchbox at Centre Point; The Prom Cafe; Matties Meeting House

Best Customer Service

Just Active Gym; Yolo Frozen Yogurt Bar; Marty’s Catering Services; The FIT factory

Excellence in Tourism

Waters Edge Glenarm B&B; Glenarm Castle; Ballygally Castle Hotel; Glenarm Buildings Preservation Trust

Best Rural Business

Firgrove Pet Resort; Stephen McGowan, owner SPR McGowan Tree Services; Seamus Lee

Best Community Engagement

Warner Chilcott UK Ltd; Specsavers; Larne Community Development Project, Acceptable Enterprises Ltd

Best Environmental Business

Kilwaughter Chemical Co Ltd

Best Digital Initative

Blazin Digital, OmNoms: The Healthy Food Company, Stealth Translations, ND Online Retail Ltd

Best Start-Up Business Award

Waters Edge Glenarm B&B; Blazin Digital; OmNoms: The Healthy Food Company; Makey Bakey Heart

Excellence in People Development

Reveal Training and Development; LEDCOM

Business Person of the Year

Stephen McGowan, owner SPR McGowan Tree Services, David Surplus of B9 Energy; John Marks of Road Trucks Ltd

Young Business Person of the Year

Christopher McNaghten; Andrew Falconer of Just Active; RES LTD (Victoria Graham for Edel Burke); Candice Evans of Hair-Itage; Zarak Bartleys Straightline PT & Massage Therapy

Lifetime Achievement

Tom Boyle