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    CUSTOMER SERVICE, MULTIPLE RETAILER

    Sponsored by Denman International

    A multiple retailer MUST have three or more stores across Northern Ireland with one being in Bangor. Mystery shoppers will be looking for excellence in customer service standards that enhance the shopping experience. Multiple retailers must prove that they are focused on their customer’s individual needs through their product offering, customer service and store environment.

    Sponsors text:

    Denman is once again delighted to sponsor the CUSTOMER SERVICE, MULTIPLE RETAILER category in this year’s Bangor Business Awards.  We look forward to seeing examples of exceptional customer service demonstrated by local companies.  Remember: look after your customers or someone else will!  Best of luck to all participants.

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    BEST MARKETING INITIATIVE

    Sponsored by Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors

    Open to those businesses who have delivered a unique marketing idea that has successfully promoted their business to customers or clients. Entrants will need to explain what they did and demonstrate how it impacted on the business and how they plan to take advantage of new market opportunities.

    Sponsors text:

    Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors growth has been achieved by meeting our clients’ deadlines, by our enthusiastic, positive & experienced solicitors & staff transparently communicating with our clients and by our promotion to our market of the quality service levels we deliver. The 65 Wilson Nesbitt colleagues working in North Down are delighted to promote local marketing innovation through our support for the Best Marketing Initiative Award in the Bangor Business Awards.

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    CUSTOMER SERVICE, INDEPENDENT RETAILER

    Sponsored by PowerNI

    Aimed at independently owned retail stores in Bangor. Shoppers are increasingly looking for a unique and ‘special’ experience from an independent retailer who can demonstrate individuality, quality service and innovative merchandising. Mystery shoppers will be looking for evidence of excellent customer service, as well as an understanding of their customer base.

    Sponsors text:

    Power NI is Northern Ireland’s number one energy supplier with over 35,000 business customers and hundreds more switching back. Alan Egner, Commercial Sales and Marketing Manager at Power NI, comments: “We’re delighted to support Bangor Business Awards and sponsor one of the Customer Service categories at this year’s event. “

    Good customer service is essential for any business and it is something we pride ourselves in across our Power NI offices in Antrim, Belfast and Omagh. Power NI customers are assured of a friendly, local service and independent research released recently by the Consumer Council NI showed that last year Power NI received the lowest level of formal complaints of any other electricity supplier in NI, for the fifth year running!

     Good luck to all award entries and we look forward to a great evening.”

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    BEST NEW BUSINESS

    Sponsored by North Down Development Organisation (NDDO)

    Open to all totally new businesses (not a rebranded business) that has been trading since 1stApril 2016. Entrants will need to demonstrate what the business is, how it has developed its market and customer base and give an overview of future plans.

    Sponsors text:

    NDDO are delighted to sponsor the Best New Business award which recognises the achievement and contribution of small business to the local economy – the Board and Management are proud to support this very important event which celebrates the spirit of enterprise – we wish all the entrants well.

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    BEST COFFEE SHOP / CAFE

    Sponsored by Bangor Chamber of Commerce

    Open to all coffee shops and cafes only in Bangor. Entrants will need to demonstrate their commitment to excellent customer care and service as well as their commitment to great coffee and food offerings. Mystery shoppers will be especially keen to see evidence of use and support of local producers and suppliers. 

    Sponsors text:

    Coffee Shops and Cafes are an important driver for footfall to the town and the surrounding areas. They act as a place to meet, socialize and do business and Bangor is lucky to have a wide variety of establishments catering for different customers and palates alike! We are delighted to support this category and know from previous years, that this is a well entered and hotly contested category. We wish all the entrants the best of luck and look forward to meeting the 2017 winner at the Gala night.

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    CUSTOMER SERVICE, PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS SERVICES

    Sponsored by First Trust

    Open to those business who provide a professional business service specifically; accountants, solicitors, banks, designers, PR,communications, training advisers, child-care etc. Entrants will need to explain and define their business service, how it demonstrates excellence for its clients and future plans.

    Sponsors text:

    First Trust Bank* is committed to supporting the ambition of local businesses so we are delighted to continue our support as sponsor for the Bangor Business Awards in support of the Customer Service, Professional Business Services category. By providing local entrepreneurs and businesses with practical advice, learning and networking opportunities, we can nurture and expand upon the talent embedded in our business community which is essential to growing our economy. We are proud to support and work in partnership with the businesses in the area and look forward to hearing and celebrating the finalists on the night. 

    *First Trust Bank is a trade mark of AIB Group (UK) p.l.c. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.), incorporated in Northern Ireland. Registered Office 92 Ann Street, Belfast BT1 3HH. Registered Number NI018800. Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

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    BEST TOURISM EVENT OR ACTIVITY

    Sponsored by Spectator Newspapers

    *Public nominated award*

    Aimed at premises, organisations, clubs, bodies, venues and businesses who specifically run, manage and deliver an event or regular activity, specifically aimed at the tourist (both local and far afield!). Entrants will be requested from the public and a brief explanation must be provided by the nominee that explains the nominated event or activity and why they feel it has made a positive impact in the Bangor area.

    Sponsors text:

    Spectator Newspapers are delighted to be the design, media and print partner for the Bangor Business Awards 2017. Following the success of the new Best Tourism Event or Activity category last year, we are pleased again to sponsor this public nominated and voted category. As the local community paper our involvement in the annual awards is of great importance to us and we are pleased that our readers can be involved in the voting process through this exciting category. Keep an eye in The Spectator for details of how to nominate and vote for this category!

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    BEST FAMILY BUSINESS

    Sponsored by Hamilton Morris Waugh

    Open to Bangor based family businesses who have at least two generations working in the business. Entrants must have family members working in the business and must explain what the business is, the family roles and their plans for succession to ensure the continuation of the business.

    Sponsors text:

    Hamilton Morris Waugh are delighted to, once again, be a sponsor of the Bangor Business Awards in support of the Best Family Business category. A local firm stablished in 2000, Hamilton Morris Waugh provides Financial Accounting, Bookkeeping, Company Secretarial and Audit Services. Over the past 15 years, our firm has gone from strength to strength, creating jobs in the local area and enabling us to expand the services we can provide for our clients.  As a family run business ourselves, we understand the importance of supporting owner managed business and building relations in the local community.  

    We look forward to hearing about the finalists and wish them all luck!

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    BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT (i) SME WHO EMPLOY 1-10 EMPLOYEES and (ii) SME WHO EMPLOY OVER 10 EMPLOYEES

    Sponsored by Ards and North Down Borough Council

    This award is open to small and large businesses that can demonstrate how they have achieved identifiable results and business development through such measures as, performance against targets; growth of repeat business or new business; job creation; adoption of new products or technologies.

    Sponsors text:

    This award acknowledges the effort, creativity and teamwork that goes into developing a business and making it a success. From business concept to managing growth, Council offers tailored support to help your business realise its potential.

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    BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR

    Sponsored by J.Hatty & Co Insurance

    Open to an individual from Bangor who will have played a significant role in the development of a business and can demonstrate involvement across the wider business community. The entrant will be able to demonstrate energy, ambition, skill and vision.

    Sponsors text:

    J Hatty & Co are delighted to be a sponsor for the 2017 Bangor Business Awards. We are excited to sponsor the Business Person of the Year category this year especially and look forward to hearing about some talented and successful individuals. Having been involved in the business community in Bangor and beyond for more than 40 years we recognise the importance of consistent best practice in making a successful business and of a dedication and commitment form many individuals.

     We look forward to the Gala night and to presenting the winner and we wish all 2017 entrants, the very best of luck.

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    BEST COMPANY TO WORK FOR

    Sponsored by Ellandi and Bloomfield Shopping Centre & Retail Park

    This award is aimed at those unsung hero employers who provide a secure, nurturing, engaging, inspiring and supportive environment for their employees. A company that really goes the extra mile for their staff.

    Sponsors text:

    It is with great pleasure that Ellandi and Bloomfield Shopping Centre & Retail Park are sponsoring the BEST COMPANY TO WORK FOR category at the 2017 Bangor Business Awards.

     A business is nothing without those upon whose hard work it is built.  Savvy employers realise this and treat those they work with as the vital and valuable assets they are.  For those employers there can surely be few greater accolades than to be nominated in this category.

     Ellandi and Bloomfield Shopping Centre & Retail Park strive to be great companies to work for and we’re really looking to seeing the entries and the many and different ways employees think their Company is the Best to Work For.   

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    HERO OF 999

    Sponsored by Families First NI Ltd

    A brand new award for 2017 which seeks to recognise and reward and INDIVIDUAL.

    This award is open for entries directly from a member of the emergency services who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in their job. (Entry can be submitted on behalf of an individual but the person submitting online, MUST be able to answer the questions asked of them).

    Sponsors text:

    Families First NI are delighted to be a sponsor of the Bangor Awards in awarding the Hero of the 999 Award. As a business who focuses on the importance of good family and community relations and who always try and recognise the importance of unsung heroes in society, we felt that the Hero of the 999 award was a perfect fit for us. Without the hard work of the emergency services, we wouldn’t feel as safe in our society today and we are looking forward to hearing about all those deserving of receiving this award.

     We look forward to being able to reward someone who has gone over and above the call of duty in their every-day role, in turn, changing someone’s life forever. 

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    BEST CREATIVE BUSINESS

    Sponsored by Danske Bank

    Open to such businesses which derive their income from their creative services. This could be in design, radio, television, video production, crafts, arts, gallery, music, yoga or any type of business that thinks outside-the-box and lets their clients discover and develop the creativity on offer either to them or for them. 

    Sponsors text:

    Danske Bank is delighted to be a sponsor of the Bangor Business Awards in support of the Best Creative Business category. As one of the Leading Retail Banks in Northern Ireland we understand the challenges of running or starting a new business. We are happy to support our customers and clients that think outside the box and deliver an exceptional customer experience. Our team of Business Advisers and Private Banking Managers work in close collaboration with all of our customers to help them seize opportunities and move to the next level.

    We are proud to support and work in partnership with the businesses in the Bangor and North Down area and look forward to hearing from the 2017 finalists that excel in what they do best. 

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    BEST EMPLOYEE

    Sponsored by Fetherston Clements Estate Agents

    Open to an individual who is not the owner or ‘boss’ but a team members who really gives their all for the business. A valued employee who you wouldn’t want to be without and who really works hard to grow, develop and nourish the business.

    Sponsors text:

    We are thrilled and delighted to once again be able to support Bangor Chamber of Commerce and be part of the 2017 gala event. We are proud to sponsor the Best Employee category this year and wish the finalists the best of luck. We look forward to meeting you all on the night.

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    BEST BUSINESS PREMISES

    Sponsored by Creative Commercial Interiors

    The return of an ‘old’ Bangor Business awards category and always a popular one. This award will seek to reward a business premise design that is fit for purpose, exhibits all-round design and layout excellence and ultimately, suits the needs and requirements of staff, customers and the activity which takes place with the premises.

    Sponsors text:

    Creative Commercial Interiors are delighted to be a sponsor of the Bangor Business Awards once again, this year in support of a well-suited category for us, Best Business Premises.

    As a business which specialises in creating the right working environment for all sizes and types of businesses, we understand and are passionate about the importance of getting your business space right for all stakeholders. We are thrilled to see this category back for 2017! 

    We wish all entrants the best of luck and we are excited about hearing about the finalists and eventual winner.

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    INVOLVEMENT IN THE COMMUNITY

    Sponsored by Main Street My Street

    This award acknowledges an individual or business that has a relationship with the community through their voluntary contribution. Someone /business who is involved with local community projects or activities and who helps make an impact on the lives of others in the Bangor area.

    Sponsors text:

    Main Street, My Street, Bangor is delighted to be a sponsor of the Bangor Business Awards in support of the Involvement in The Community category. Main Street, My Street Bangor’s aim is to champion our local town and support its retailers especially in Upper Main Street. Through sponsorship of this award, we will also be celebrating the amazing personalities that make this town special. 

    We look forward to receiving lots of great nominations for people who deserve recognition for their work and efforts that make a difference to Bangor.

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    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE OF THE YEAR

    Sponsored by Ards and North Down Borough Council

    This award will recognise a Social Enterprise that has been operating/trading and can evidence; excellent vision and strategic direction; clear leadership and management of the organisation; high degree of customer satisfaction; a clearly-evidenced social, environmental and community impact; show sustainability in terms of profit and growth; Good brand awareness and communication outputs; evidence of creativity and innovation.

    Sponsors text:

    Council, provides a range of support to assist the Social Enterprise sector and this award recognises the innovation and sustainable social benefit that Social Enterprise brings by reinvesting profits to improve the wellbeing of people and local communities.

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    COMMITMENT TO THE BANGOR BUSINESS COMMUNITY

    Sponsored by Bangor Chamber of Commerce

    This award recognises and rewards a business or individual in Bangor, for their commitment and dedication to the business and the town of Bangor.

    *A previous winner of this award cannot be nominated for a second time*

    The public are invited to nominate the business or individual and will be asked to complete three questions in order for the nomination to be considered.

    Sponsors text:

    This is always the highlight of the awards evening and one we are especially proud to present. We have seen some amazing winners over the last fifteen years, individuals who have demonstrated years of passion, commitment and dedication to the town, their business and the wider business community. 

    We look forward to presenting the 2017 winner!