Chamber News


North West Business Awards

The North West Business Awards take place this coming Friday, 13th May 2016, at 7pm, at the City Hotel, Derry.  The event is one of the premier events in the business diary in the region.

For the first time the well established and popular Derry Business Awards have been extended to cover the whole of the North West of Ireland.  They continue to be organised and hosted jointly by the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and the City Centre Initiative, and are supported by Bank of Ireland UK.

The North West Business Awards are a very public acknowledgement and celebration of the quality of our best local enterprises.  Past winners have included some of the best known businesses in and around Derry.  Last year’s winners included Airporter, AE Global, Seagate and An Grianan Hotel – all businesses well known beyond our region and which richly deserved the public acknowledgement, as did the other winners, Curtis Opticians, MPA Recruitment, Wurkhouse, Hamilton Architects, Deborah O’Donnell accountants, Thomas Goldsmith, Pier 59, Flossies Fudge and Linda Durey.

Sinead McLaughlin, chief executive of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are very pleased that our very successful business awards have been extended to cover not just Derry, but the whole of the North West, including Donegal and Strabane.  The quality of entries has been consistently excellent over the years, but with the regional coverage we have received even more high quality entries.”

Jim Roddy, City Centre manager said: “We are delighted with the progress of the awards and I think that the broad range of businesses and individuals who have entered showcases all that is successful and unique about our city.  We are now looking forward to having a great night at the City Hotel.”

Eugene Kearney, Commercial Branch Manager, Bank of Ireland UK, said: “Bank of Ireland UK is proud to be working in partnership with the City Centre Initiative and the Chamber of Commerce on the North West Business Awards. The awards play an important role in the business community as they recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of the businesses that operate within it. This event forms part of our Enterprise Week which runs from 13th to 20th May. We encourage all businesses to get involved on social media: #LetsConnectNI. 

The full list of shortlisted businesses isset out below.



Best Tourism Event or Initiative

Sponsored by: DSV Solutions Ltd

Loughs Agency

Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin

In Your Space

North West Craft Industry of the Year

Sponsored by: Londonderry Inner City Trust

Nicole McLaughlin Designs

Elsie Tweed

John Paul Couture

Thomas the Goldsmith

North West Pub of the Year

Sponsored by: BHP Security Solutions

Argyle Bar

McGrory’s Hotel

The Bentley

North West Restaurant of the Year

Sponsored by: Derry City and Strabane District Council

Walled City Brewery


Pier 59

Hastings Everglades Hotel

North West Guest Accommodation Provider of the Year

Sponsored by: Northside Shopping Centre

The Belfray Country Inn

An Grianan Hotel

Hastings Everglades Hotel

Outstanding Contribution to Arts and Culture

Sponsored by: Richmond Shopping Centre

City of Derry International Choral Festival


Earagail Arts Festival Management Company Ltd

Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company

Excellence in Innovation

Sponsored by: North West Regional College

Arbarr Energy Storage Technologies

Hunter Apparel Solutions Ltd

RST Epos - Retail Systems Technologies Ltd


North West Creative Industries of the Year

Sponsored by: Foyleside Shopping Centre

Alley Cats Film and Television

STEM Aware


Donal Doherty Photography

Growth through Export Award

Cilento Designer Wear


TerraMar Networks Ltd

Best Use of Digital/Social Media

Sponsored by: BT

St Mary’s College

Foyleside Shopping Centre

McGrory’s Hotel

North West Retailer of the Year Award

Sponsored by: Derry News

Bradley’s Pharmacy

White’s Centra, Link Service Station

Cilento Designer Wear

J.E. Hegarty & Co Ltd

Professional Services Award

Sponsored by: Derry Youth and Community Workshop

Safetech Consulting & Training Ltd

Connected Talent Ltd

Deborah O’Donnell Chartered Accountants

HMD Architects Ltd

Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsored by: Flogas

Judges Choice

Business of the Year

Sponsored by: Bank of Ireland UK

Patral Group

AE Global