Don’t miss chance to nominate for Larne Business Awards


Business owners, employees and customers are being urged to play their part in the 2014 Larne Business Awards.

The awards, organised by the Larne Times in partnership with Larne Borough Council, present a great opportunity to support local businesses and showcase the talent that exists throughout the borough.

Nominations are now being encouraged, and with 15 categories to choose from, the awards cover every aspect of business and commercial life.

Categories include Best Retailer, Best Export Business, Excellence in Innovation Award, Excellence in Tourism, Best Rural Business, Best Community Engagement, Best Environmental, Best Digital Initiative and Use of Social Media, Excellence in Marketing,

Excellence in People Development, Business Person of the Year, Young Business Person of the Year.

There is also a Lifetime Achievement Award which welcomes nominations for those who have made an outstanding contribution to business life in the Larne area.

These categories will be judged by an independent panel.

The winners of two special categories - Favourite Restaurant / Cafe and Best Customer Service will be selected by readers of the Larne Times through a readers’ vote.

A business can enter up to two categories, with each entry being on a separate entry form.

To enter, simply pick up an application form from the Larne Times office, 8 Dunluce Street.

Alternatively email or

The entry form should include a summary of the reasons why the business should be the winner.

, paying particular attention to the criteria against which the award will be judged. The closing date for receipt of completed entry forms is Monday, July 7.

For further information or enquiries please contact Julie Forde on (028) 3839 5504, email or Karen Fitzmaurice on (028) 3839 5564, email

The winners will be announced at a glittering black tie dinner and awards ceremony in Ballygally Castle Hotel on Thursday, September 18.

This is the second occasion the Larne Times has the awards – the last event was held in Larne Town Hall in October 2012.