Time for you to cast your vote for your favourite local businesses

Attending the launch of the Carrick Times and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Carrickfergus Business Awards 2017 are (L to R) Dessie Blackadder Content Editor, Anne Donaghy CEO of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Audrey Wales Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Councillor Billy Ashe. INCT 04-002-PSB

Attending the launch of the Carrick Times and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Carrickfergus Business Awards 2017 are (L to R) Dessie Blackadder Content Editor, Anne Donaghy CEO of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Audrey Wales Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Councillor Billy Ashe. INCT 04-002-PSB

It’s now over to you - readers of the Times - to give some of your favourite local business establishments a really great pat on the back!

The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Carrickfergus Business Awards - hosted by the Times - has now closed.

Over the next week, an independent panel of judges will be carefully going through each of the entries in the various categories and giving each of them points to determine a shortlist of entries.

The final winners will be revealed on the night of the gala awards ceremony - Thursday, April 27 at the Belfast Loughshore Hotel in Carrick.

However, there are two very special categories that will only be judged by you, our readers!

The winners of the Readers’ Favourite Eating Establishment and Best Customer Service categories will be decided only by readers.

With a healthy number of entries for each of these two categories, it really is an exciting opportunity for you to give your favourite local businesses the praise they deserve.

All you have to do is check out the list of nominated businesses in this week’s paper.

Select who you would like to vote for and follow the instructions on the page. You can vote by text or by the coupon on the page (only original copies please, no photocopies).

The final date for readers’ votes to be received is Friday, April 7, at noon.

The Carrick Business Awards is the ideal way for businesses to gain recognition and publicity for their achievmeents but also the chance to boost staff morale, company image and customer confidence.

It is the perfect opportunity to showcase the magnificent work being carried out in the Carrickfergus area by businesses of all sizes, from one-person enterprises to larger employers.

For more details, or to enquire about tickets for the awards night, contact Karen.fitzmaurice@jpress.co.uk 028 38395564 or Julie.Forde@jpress.co.uk 028 38395504.

Julie Forde

Julie.forde@jpress.co.uk 028 38395504