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Derry-Londonderry Business Awards 2015 Press Release

This year’s Derry-Londonderry Business Awards, hosted by the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and the City Centre Initiative, were held at the City Hotel lastFriday night.  The awards ceremony,sponsored by the Bank of Ireland, is one of the North West region’s premier events in the business calendar.  It was  sold-out weeks in advance and attracted more than 300 guests.

The two headline awards were the highly sought after title of Business of the Year,which was won by Airporter, and Entrepreneurs of the Year, given to Malachy Connor and Liam Gallagher, directors or Allpipe Engineering (now AE Global).  While Airporter was one of many local firms to compete for the title of Business of the Year, the Allpipe prize was a surprise.  The title Entrepreneur of the Year is awarded annually at the judges’ discretion and Malachy Connor and Liam Gallagher had not sought the title.

The business community of Derry-Londonderry expressed its deep appreciation for the life of widely respected Martin McCrossan when his widow Sharon was given a special award in recognition of the role Martin played in promoting Derry-Londonderry and  business within the City.

Other awards were given to:

An Grianan,for best tourism iniative.

Pier 59, for best hospitality business.

Ilex, for outstanding contribution to arts and culture. 

Airporter, for excellence in innovation.

Deborah O’Donnell, for best newcomer.

Wurkhouse, for best use of digital and/or social media.

Curtis Opticians, for retail customer focus (with highly commended to Foyleside).

Flossies Fudge, for ‘taste of the North West’.

MPA, for employee excellence.

Derry Youth and Community Workshop, for social enterprise.

Hamilton Architects, for professional service excellence.

Seagate. for healthy workplace 2015.

Linda Durey won the award for MBA Excellence, with Conall Dunne and Frances Wilson highly commended.