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The Greater Newry Business Awards results are in. 

With well over 500 people at the landmark competition organised by Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry on Thursday night, 27 June, the Greater Newry Business Awards exceeded all expectations.

Paul Convery, President, Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade said "I believe that everyone's presence here is a real indicator of the strength, confidence and vitality that exists in our local business community

"In business it is so often the case that the rewards go to the risk takers, those who speculate to accumulate, those who see the opportunity and calculate the risks and those who have the personal resolve to strive for excellence."

Mr Convery concluded "Self motivation and drive is not taught. It is an inate quality. It is one that I believe is in abundance in the greater Newry area"

The polished ceremony showcased the best of the best in local business and the prestigious event highlighted the incredible business talent locally.

Compere Mark Simpson, BBC chats to Michael Blaney, Ashtree Financial Services, winner of the Outstanding Contribution to the Greater Newry Area award at the Greater Newry Business Awards. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Compere Mark Simpson, BBC chats to Michael Blaney, Ashtree Financial Services, winner of the Outstanding Contribution to the Greater Newry Area award at the Greater Newry Business Awards. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Michael Blaney from Ashtree Financial Services took the ultimate award, the Outstanding Contribution to the Greater Newry Area.

Sponsored by Buttercrane Shopping Centre, Peter Murray, Centre Manager said of Michael, the former managing director of Autoline Insurance "He took over his business in 1997 from it's original founder. His vision of growth demonstrated a real talent for entrepreneurial leadership and in the years since aquisition, turnover has increased from two million to to fifty five million per annum, and in the same period the numbers employed in that business have increased from 18 to over 210 people, with the majority of those people based in the company's Newry headquarters."

Peter Murray, Centre Manager, Buttercrane Shopping Centre at the Business Awards with Marie Ward, newly appointed CEO of Newry, Mourne and Down Council. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Peter Murray, Centre Manager, Buttercrane Shopping Centre at the Business Awards with Marie Ward, newly appointed CEO of Newry, Mourne and Down Council. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Mr Murray continued "A firm believer of happy people making happy customers, he invested in staff development. He was committed in developing his own staff giving a low level of turnover and an extremely loyal workforce."

"2019 was a significant personal milestone for our recipient as he negotiated a succesful sale of his company, whilst ensuring he left in place a strong management team to deliver the future success for the business, thereby ensuring his legacy to the business, to the staff and indeed to the greater Newry area and beyond."

Cllr Charlie Casey, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down Council said "Newry, Mourne and Down District Council are delighted to support this event, in particular sponsoring Best Tourism and Hospitality Business. Tourism is a key growth sector for our council area and the success of this sector is as a result of the hospitality offered by our tourism businesses and entrepreneurs."

"Every business here this evening contributes towards the councils economic drive for job creation, business growth and investment and you all should be proud of this achievement."

Visitors to the Greater Newry Business Awards. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Visitors to the Greater Newry Business Awards. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

The Winners

Best Social Enterprise sponsored by Newry and Mourne Co-operative and Enterprise Agency in association with Oriel Developments

Winner: W.B.R Credit Union Ltd

Highly Commended: An Tobar Community Wellness Centre & Social Farm

Best Bar sponsored by Q Radio

Winner: The Bank Bar and Bistro

Highly Commended: Bellinis Newry

Best Green Business sponsored by Canal Court Hotel & Spa

Enjoying the night out at the  Greater Newry Business Awards. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Enjoying the night out at the Greater Newry Business Awards. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Winner: ABP Food Group

Highly Commended: CTS Projects Ltd

Best Tourism & Hospitality Business sponsored by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Winner: Montalto Estate

Highly Commended: Canal Court Hotel & Spa

Best Use of Social Media sponsored by Brilliant Red Digital

Winner: Zen Orthodontics & Rejuvenation Clinic

Highly Commended: Autoline Insurance Group

Best Customer Service (Multiple Retailer) sponsored by The Quays Shopping Centre

Winners: Specsavers Newry

Highly Commended: Argento Contemporary Jewellery Newry

Best Marketing Initiative sponsored by The Newry Democrat

Winner: Southern Regional College

Highly Commended: Montalto Estate

Best Innovative Business sponsored by First Derivatives plc

Winner: Exact CNC NI Ltd

Highly Commended: COPAS Technologies Ltd

Pictured at the Greater Newry Business Awards. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Pictured at the Greater Newry Business Awards in the Canal Court, Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Best Export Business sponsored by Norbrook Laboratories

Winner: Deli-Lites Ireland

Highly Commended: FM Environmental Ltd and Lowden Guitars

Best Manufacturing & Engineering Business sponsored by Collins Aerospace

Winner: COPAS Technologies Ltd

Highly Commended: Exact CNC NI Ltd

Best Young Entrepreneur sponsored by O'Hare & McGovern

Winner: Conor Cole, Cole Groundwork Contracts

Highly Commended: Patrick Mackin, Mackins Accident Repair Centre Ltd

Best New Business sponsored by Damolly Developments

Winner: Granite Exchange

Highly Commended: The GYM Newry

Best Customer Service (Independent Retailer) sponsored by Newry BID

Winners: Cherrypic

Highly Commended: Jack Murphy Jewellers

Best Place To Eat (Best Restaurant & Bistro) sponsored by Autoline Insurance Group

Winners: The Whistledown Hotel

Highly Commended: Courtney's Steakhouse

Best Place To Eat (Best Café & Takeaway) sponsored by Autoline Insurance Group

Winner: Synge & Byrne Slieve Gullion

Highly Commended: Courtney's Mall View

Chef of the Future sponsored by Henderson Foodservice

Winner: Jason McClory, Courtney's Steakhouse

Finalist: Martin McMahon, Finegan & Son

Best Kept Business sponsored by The Newry Reporter

Winner: The Galley Restaurant & Take Away

Highly Commended: Granite Exchange and Newry & District Gateway Club

Best Beauty, Health & Wellbeing Business sponsored by Jack Murphy Jewellers

Winner: Newry Foot Clinic & Seraphic Holistic Therapies

Highly Commended: Younique Group

Best Place To Work sponsored by The Irish News

Winner: MJM Group

Highly Commended: First Derivatives plc and Newry Credit Union Ltd

Best Professional Services Business sponsored by Bank of Ireland UK

Winner: Autoline Insurance Group

Highly Commended: PKF-FPM Accountants Ltd

Best Small Business sponsored by Translink

Winner: The Hub Newry

Highly Commended: Rustic Soul Ltd

Best Business Growth sponsored by Southern Regional College

Winner: McAllister Group

Highly Commended: Around Noon and COPAS Technologies Ltd

Best Family Business sponsored by First Trust Bank

Winner: Clanrye Lighting & Electrical Supplies

Highly Commended: GIE Ireland Wholesale Furniture and Lowden Guitars

Best Business in the Community sponsored by Newry Credit Union

Winner: Warrenpoint Port

Highly Commended: Crash Services

Best Businesswoman sponsored by Younique Aesthetics

Winner: Jackie Reid, Deli- Lites Ireland

Best Businessman sponsored by Younique Aesthetics

Winner: Shaun Copas, Copas Technologies Ltd

Outstanding Contribution to the Greater Newry Area sponsored by Buttercrane Shopping Centre

Winner: Michael Blaney, Ashtree Financial Services

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