DONAGHADEE

NEWTOWNARDS

MILLISLE

CARROWDORE COMBER GREYABBEY

BALLYWALTER

BALLYGOWAN KILLINCHY KIRCUBBIN

BALLYHALBERT

PORTAVOGIE CLOUGHEY

ARDS BUSINESS AWARDS 2014
‘SHOWCASING BUSINESS EXCELLENCE ACROSS THE ARDS BOROUGH’ ARDSBUSINESSAWARDS.COM

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deserve to be recognised – and that is what these awards are all about. with many companies holding their own. others growing despite the downward trends and yet more starting up as entrepreneurs take on the challenges and rewards! . Judging is an impartial process that is undertaken by expert judging panels and mystery shopping visits. These are your awards. We thank you in advance for supporting the awards.com 3 CONTENTS WELCOME TO THE MAYOR’S FOREWORD In a tough and challenging economic climate. Their commitment. We are grateful to those sponsors who have worked with us and supported us in this endeavour. The Ards Borough Business Awards will showcase both those individuals and businesses and recognise their hard-work. Newtownards Dress to impress! Drinks reception from 6:45pm Drinks reception.ardsbusinessawards. but equally experienced its share of success in business. we can deliver a credible. the local businesses to enter the awards and put yourself out there for recognition of your hard work. The Awards Gala date is confirmed as Friday 2nd May 2014 and will be held in the Queen’s Hall. but highlight the date in your diary! We need YOU.2 WELCOME TO THE AWARDS www. the Ards Borough has suffered its share of losses. We wish all entrants the very best of luck and we look forward to hearing about the worthy winners on 2nd May! 4 7 8 11 12 15 16 19 20 23 24 27 Volunteer of the Year Award Best Multiple Retailer Award Best Independent Retailer Award Best Eatery / Coffee Shop Award Best Licensee Award Young Businessperson of the Year Award (U25) Best New Business Award Best Company to work for Award Investment in Health Award Best Family Business Award Best Business Website Award Commitment to the Ards Borough Business Community Award THE GALA NIGHT When: Where: Dress code: Time: What: Host: Ticket price: Friday 2nd May 2014 Queen’s Hall. their achievements and their contributions to both the local and regional economies. Ards Borough Council is delighted to be the awards’ principal sponsor and I look forward to acknowledging the excellence and celebrating the attainments of our many and varied business sectors. Further details will be available in due course. for you and so your support is critical to their overall success. With support from Ards Borough Council as well as many local businesses. awards process and ensure the delivery of a first-class Gala celebration evening. Councillor Stephen McIlveen Mayor of Ards ARDS BOROUGH BUSINESS AWARDS Ards is a vibrant Borough with an excellent range of businesses and retailers. relevant. awards presentation. It is a totally independent process. three course meal.of self-employment.com Stuart Kennedy General Manager Spectator & Chronicle Newspapers Awards organisers . West Street. shopper. entertainment After-awards party with dancing and late bar Colin Barkley £35 / head To BOOK YOUR TICKETS: Email: ardsawards@gmail. This is an exciting development and one which we as the event organisers are delighted to bring to fruition. customer. visitor and resident. commitment and excellent levels of service to the business user.

service and aftercare.com 5 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD SPONSORED BY: SPECSAVERS Judged by: Independent panel of judges This award wants to recognise that one individual within the Ards Borough area who has had an ongoing relationship with the community through their voluntary contribution. The store is proud to be sponsoring the first ever Volunteer of the Year Award at the Ards Business Awards and is keen to reward a local hero who devotes their time to those in need within our community. VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD SPONSOR: SPECSAVERS Specsavers Opticians is a locally owned community optician which prides itself on providing the very best professional service for Optical and Auditory healthcare. The Store Directors and all of the team would like to take this opportunity to wish all of the entrants the very best of luck and look forward to presenting the overall category winner on the Gala night. The application form for this category will ask for evidence to support: • Involvement within the local community • Impact and benefits this has had on the local community • The level of time commitment • Strategy for ongoing involvement TO ENTER: • Complete the AWARDS APPLICTATION FORM in the back of this brochure and return to the address detailed • An application form will be supplied which then must be completed and returned for the judging process.4 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD www. .ardsbusinessawards. Since the opening of the Newtownards Specsavers store in 2001 the staff have worked hard to provide the local community with best value products.

Mystery shoppers will be looking for the multiple retailer who exceeds customer expectations and who can demonstrate their excellent customer service by enhancing the shopping experience.6 www. loyalty cards. those extras. A varied and balanced retail line up is essential for the vibrancy and commercial wellbeing of any community.e.ardsbusinessawards. rewards schemes etc. Best of luck to all the entrants. We welcome the Business Awards initiative and are delighted to provide our support as sponsor of the Best Multiple Retailer Award.) TO ENTER: • Complete the AWARDS APPLICTATION FORM in the back of this brochure and return to the address detailed (just TICK the correct category on the list) •That’s all you have to do! BEST MULTIPLE RETAILER AWARD SPONSOR: ARDS SHOPPING CENTRE Ards Shopping Centre has been a key component in the towns retail offer since opening in 1976. Appropriately the centre is home to numerous multiple retailers who complement the impressive range of independent retailers trading in the town. Over the years it has welcomed millions of shoppers and provided employment for thousands of local people.com BEST MULTIPLE RETAILER AWARD 7 BEST MULTIPLE RETAILER AWARD Sponsored by: ARDS SHOPPING CENTRE JUDGED BY: MYSTERY SHOPPERS A Multiple Retailer is one which has THREE OR MORE outlets across Northern Ireland. Mystery shoppers will look at: • Initial impact of the store • Staff interaction and one-on-one service • What you do that goes ‘above and beyond’ the customers expectation • How you ‘delight’ your customers (i. Good customer service is at the heart of any successful business regardless of size or sector and as sponsor we look forward to learning of the exceptional service provided by multiple retailers in the area. .

Many businesses are family owned and run showing true commitment to their local towns and local customers and the reputation for still providing a wide variety of Independent Retailers in an ever more challenging retail arena. We still have a good number across our catchment area and we want to recognise and reward the best one! Mystery shoppers will be looking for the independent retailer who provides something a little bit special. Mystery shoppers will look at: • Initial impact of the store • Staff interaction and one-on-one service • An understanding of your local customer base • How you ‘delight’ your customers to ensure they come back TO ENTER: • Complete the AWARDS APPLICTATION FORM in the back of this brochure and return to the address detailed (just TICK the correct category on the list) • That’s all you have to do! CHAMBER OF TRADE BEST INDEPENDENT RETAILER AWARD SPONSOR: NEWTOWNARDS CHAMBER OF TRADE Newtownards Chamber of Trade is pleased to sponsor the Best Independent Retailer Award in the Ards Business Awards. who exceeds expectations and who can demonstrate their excellent customer service by enhancing the shopping experience.ardsbusinessawards.com 9 BEST INDEPENDENT RETAILER AWARD SPONSORED BY: NEWTOWNARDS Judged by: Mystery shoppers This award is aimed at those independently owned stores. . The Borough of Ards has long been renowned for its unique and diverse locally owned businesses. We would encourage our Independent Retailers to enter this award and we will be delighted and honoured to present the Award to the winner at the Gala Dinner on Friday 2nd May.8 BEST INDEPENDENT RETAILER AWARD www. is one that the Borough is proud off.

com BEST EATERY / COFFEE SHOP AWARD 11 BEST EATERY / COFFEE SHOP AWARD SPONSORED BY: WORTHINGTONS Judged by: Mystery shoppers This award is open to all sit-down ‘eateries’ / coffee shops within the Ards Borough.uk We wish all the entrants the very best of luck and look forward to hearing about the finalists and winners in May. Worthingtons Solicitors is long established in Newtownards at our Court Street office and we play an important part in our local business community. We know how vital restaurants and coffee shops are to the economy and we are lucky to have so many varied and excellent establishments to choose from.ardsbusinessawards. Visit us at www.10 www. Mystery shoppers will look at: • The tempting food on offer • Ambience and atmosphere • Cleanliness. Worthingtons provide legal services in all areas with a growing area of expertise in Licensing and Social media legal issues. hygiene and excellent housekeeping • Evidence of excellent customer service TO ENTER: • Complete the AWARDS APPLICTATION FORM in the back of this brochure and return to the address detailed (just TICK the correct category on the list) • That’s all you have to do! SOLICITORS BEST EATERY / COFFEE SHOP AWARD SPONSOR: WORTHINGTONS SOLICITORS Worthingtons Solicitors We are delighted to be involved with and support the Ards Borough Business Awards and specifically.worthingtonslaw. .co. the BEST EATERY / COFFEE SHOP Award.

Judges will be looking for: • Evidence of robust measures to restrict underage access and promote responsible drinking • Evidence of appropriately trained staff including door supervisors and customer care in general • Appropriate levels of security • Exterior and interior décor including hygiene and cleanliness • Entertainment programme on offer TO ENTER: • Complete the AWARDS APPLICTATION FORM in the back of this brochure and return to the address detailed (just TICK the correct category on the list) • That’s all you have to do! BEST LICENSEE AWARD SPONSOR: PSNI The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to working in partnership with local business to help make the Borough of Ards a successful. Protective and Professional policing service to our local community. The winner of this award will uphold ‘best practice’ standards in all aspects of the business. which recognises the contribution and commitment by local businesses to making the Borough a safe place to live. We are delighted to sponsor this award. owner or manager who works in a licensed premise. .12 BEST LICENSEE AWARD www. working in partnership with the local police and other agencies to provide an excellent service and experience for your customers. As the licensee. your key objective is to stay ahead of the game and demonstrate entrepreneurial flair by placing paramount importance on safety. setting an example to others in the industry. vibrant and safer place.com 13 BEST LICENSEE AWARD SPONSORED BY: PSNI Judged by: Mystery shoppers This award is designed to attract entries from the licensee.ardsbusinessawards. We wish all entrants the very best of luck. work and visit through effective partnership working and provision of a high quality experience for customers. We recognise the importance of the business sector in shaping the overall environment as we work to deliver a Personal. including restaurants.

We employ over 45 full time staff and are pleased to have expanded into larger customised premises in quarry Heights. . management and growth of the business in which they are involved.14 www. BlueBuild Energy is the only company in Northern Ireland that can provide a PV system which saves money on both your electricity and heating bills. The system will generate an index linked tax free income guaranteed for 20 years and protect against inevitable rising electricity costs. the winner will be a young leader and play an integral part in the development. Newtownards. We are delighted to sponsor the Young Businessperson of the Year Award (U25).com YOUNG BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD (U25) 15 YOUNG BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD (U25) SPONSORED BY: BLUE BUILD ENERGY Judged by: WRITTEN APPLICATION FORM A Young Businessperson is someone who is aged 25 or under. A specific application form will be sent to all entrants of this category asking for answers to the following questions: • What the business is • Your role within it and how long you have been involved • The impact your role has made on business growth • Plans for the future of the business • A reference from a fellow business professional who has first-hand dealings with you in a business environment TO ENTER: • Complete the AWARDS APPLICTATION FORM in the back of this brochure and return to the address detailed (just TICK the correct category on the list) YOUNG BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD (U25) SPONSOR: BLUE BUILD ENERGY BlueBuild Energy has become in a short time Northern Ireland’s largest quality installer of Solar PV panels for the production of electricity for homes and commercial buildings. Either way. You may have your own business or you may be a manager in a business. up to 40% on oil and 23% on gas.ardsbusinessawards.

Specific elements concentrate on particular business sectors – food.all aimed at ensuring our enterprises have opportunities to grow. or by ensuring opportunities for funding.16 17 TM ‘Cleaner. thanks to a grant of more than £100K. encouraging entrepreneurship and family business support . rural development. including one to build a stronger economy. the Council is committed to working with.from digital development. All three are also to benefit from free Wi-Fi by the end of March this year. arts and crafts. export development. .means that our economic development resources go further and have greater impact on business growth. attracting investment or promotion are optimised.with other agencies. regeneration. each set to transform the look of Newtownards. as well as one-to-one contact and support of local businesses. with the successful ‘Food 2 Follow’ programme demonstrating how food businesses can develop and market their products more effectively. safer. and while we continue to work to regenerate the commercial hearts of our towns. Currently. to be more competitive and to be more sustainable. In recent months. supporting and lobbying for local enterprise. greener. Donaghadee and Comber town centres. derelict sites in both Newtownards and Comber have been earmarked for screening and the introduction of virtual shop fronts. Whether by the delivery of direct services in economic development. and expressed in a range of objectives. Ards is involved in the delivery of 17 partnership programmes . stronger’: a vision agreed in 2012 to guide the strategic direction of Ards Borough Council’s work. procurement. innovation. Partnership working . £10M in funding has been approved for three public realm schemes. tourism. other councils and the private sector . is just one example.

gov. The Creative Peninsula event has been an anchor to this development. while training. To contact us about how we can support your business. have benefited from a dedicated programme in Ards to ensure that the wealth of artists and craftspeople who live and work in the area. guides. Developing and delivering quality events continues to be an integral part of this work and in 2014 a significant event programme includes: • a special Ards stage of the Circuit of Ireland Rally on Friday 18 April. work continues to support the creative industries. which we recognise as a significant sector for wealth generation and sustainable employment. exhibitions. are in the best positions to develop their businesses.to celebrate the Comber potato. open studios and Craft in the Square day.gov. call 028 9182 6846. .uk or visit www. • the prestigious Northern Ireland Armed Forces Day.18 19 Ards: Strength As A Tourism Destination Ards: The Creative Borough The creative industries. Promoting Ards as an even stronger tourism destination is also a central focus.uk or visit www. harking back to the heady days of the world-famous TT Races. email: ards@ards-council. Our Visitor Information Centres and tourism development service are at the heart of this work. • the ever-popular Continental Market in Conway Square. international exchanges. Newtownards on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 May. During the rest of the year.gov. email: tourism@ards-council. while also developing and improving tourism products and infrastructure. hosted for the first time in Newtownards on Saturday 21 June. • the second festival – Saturday 7 June . bursaries and a year-long programme of events contribute to the Ards’ reputation as a centre of creativity in Northern Ireland.uk/tourism. call 028 9182 4065. together with Ards Arts Centre are focal points for artistic activity. trails. our retail and design centre. promoting attractions and activities and supporting the tourism trade. For more information about tourism and events in Ards. one of only a handful of products to have been awarded special European ‘PGI’ status. • the return of the Borough of Ards Pipe Band Championships with a new venue in Donaghadee and the town’s Ulster-Scots Festival over a long weekend from Thursday 15 May to Sunday 18 May.ards-council. showcasing and promoting the arts for a defined period of time each August and bringing thousands of visitors to the area to enjoy the tours.ards-council. Ards Crafts. developing maps.gov.uk/business.

ardsbusiness. IOTA. We offer a selection of managed facilities located within Sketrick House creating a professional and confidential location for conferences training and seminars with the use of overhead projectors.800 sq ft in Sketrick House. not for profit organisation providing a wide range of property solutions and innovative business development programmes aimed at encouraging business start ups and business investment in the Ards Community. Tradelinks 2. Our seminar rooms can accommodate from 15 to 25 people board style and 25 to 60 people theatre style.000 sq ft upwards in Nendrum Park site and offices ranging from 180 sq ft up to 1. Information on our property provision can be found on our website www.20 Ards Business Centre is an independent. Regional Start Initiative. Young Business Clubs. We deliver a number of business support programmes in partnership with Ards Borough Council and on behalf of Invest NI.600 sq ft and small offices from 60 sq ft to 450 sq ft in Strangford Park site.com and call 028 9181 9787 for a free business advice session. These include Exploring Enterprise 2. wifi and catering facilities available upon request. . Commercial Branding and Business Masterclasses. Our property provision comprises of workspace accommodation ranging from 500 sq ft upwards to 1. industrial units from 2.

there are still those who are bucking the trend and starting new business ventures and you deserve to be recognised and rewarded. Martin. A specific application form will be sent to all entrants of this category asking for answers to the following questions: • What the business is • How it is trading • Plans for growth and sustainability • Overcoming challenges • A reference from a fellow business professional who has direct experience of dealing with your business BEST NEW BUSINESS AWARD SPONSOR: MASH DIRECT Located in Comber.com 23 BEST NEW BUSINESS AWARD SPONSORED BY: MASH DIRECT Judged by: WRITTEN APPLICATION FORM This award is aimed at attracting entries from NEW BUSINESSES (those who have opened and began trading within the last 18 months. preservatives or colourings.ardsbusinessawards. potato. not just rebranded and opened again). Mash Direct is a unique Farming Enterprise which produces an innovative range of quickserve mashed root vegetable. from 1st August 2012 and are a COMPLETELY NEW business. cabbage and other quality vegetable products with the taste and texture of homemade food. Tracy and their two sons Lance and Jack have grown Mash Direct into a national household brand and will celebrate their tenth anniversary later this year.22 BEST NEW BUSINESS AWARD www. We are delighted to sponsor the ‘Best New Business Award. We wish all the entrants the very best of luck. The company has engineered many of its key items of process equipment and has recently achieved its fourth A+ grade BRC from the prestigious SAI Global Organisation.’ . technical and engineering background. All vegetables are grown. steam cooked and packaged on the farm using no artificial additives. The success story is built on a strong agricultural. Even though we are in the midst of a difficult economic period. Last year was very much the year of Geographic expansion with a strategy to expand into Southern England. the Middle East and the East Coast of the USA.

but frequently.ardsbusinessawards. by phone or face to face. Hughes Insurance offers cover for your personal insurance needs including Car. for all your Commercial Insurance needs including Liability.000 people in Northern Ireland insure with us. small and large in our catchment area and we want to find out more about the best ones and recognise that at the awards. A specific application form will be sent to all entrants of this category asking for answers to the following questions: • What and where is your business • How many do you employee and years of service details • How you appreciate and go that ‘extra mile’ for your valued employees • A reference from a staff member who can tell us a little more about what it’s like to work for you BEST COMPANY TO WORK FOR AWARD SPONSOR: HUGHES INSURANCE Hughes Insurance has been established for over 35 years and employs over 300 local people. we’re able to compare prices from our insurers to ensure our customers get great cover at a competitive price. . Our Car Insurance is rated 5 Star by Independent Financial Research Company Defaqto. That’s why over 150. As a broker. Motor Fleet. With 12 branches across Northern Ireland. As an Ards based business we are delighted to see these new awards for 2014 and to sponsor the ‘Best Company to work for award’ in particular. We also offer cover for businesses large or small. Customers can transact online. It’s a two-way street but we know that we have some excellent businesses. Home. Indemnity. We wish all entrants the very best of luck and look forward to hearing who wins at the Gala event in May. Travel and GAP Insurance. Shop & Office Insurance. a good employer can be even more difficult to find and to want to stay loyal to.24 www. We have dedicated local Business Managers across Northern Ireland who can visit you in person to discuss your requirements.com BEST COMPANY TO WORK FOR AWARD 25 BEST COMPANY TO WORK FOR AWARD SPONSORED BY: HUGHES INSURANCE Judged by: WRITTEN APPLICATION FORM Good staff are hard to come by and your people are usually your best asset. Motor Trade and Commercial Combined policies as well as Commercial Vehicle and Taxi.

needs survey A specific application form will be sent to all entrants of this category asking for answers to the following questions: • To provide evidence existing policies and their implementation • Detail health and well-being activities • Future actions which are planned INVESTMENT IN HEALTH AWARD SPONSOR: PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY The Public Health Agency (PHA) was established in 2009 with the overall aim of protecting and improving the health and wellbeing of the population and to reduce health inequalities in Northern Ireland.e. bike racks. We would like to wish all the entrants the very best of luck. We have no doubt many of our local workplaces will meet the criteria and come forward to be recognised for the creative work they have done. anti-bullying. equality • Management support for healthy environments • Tobacco use prevention activities • Physical environment. • Developing and implementing well-being policies – work-life balance. costing businesses around £13bn annually. The award is about acknowledging business which create opportunities to promote health and well-being contributing to the performance of their people and the success of their business. gym • Opportunities to support managers to lead. ultimately affecting an individual’s health and wellbeing and their quality of life. showers. a sense of pride. Workplaces represent an important setting that provide not just employment for an individual but one which can also encourage motivation. satisfaction. workplace health steering group. a sense of worth. but also the key role the workplace can play in promoting health and well-being. . there is good reason to focus on encouraging employers to create a healthy workforce.com 27 INVESTMENT IN HEALTH AWARD Sponsored by: PUBLIC HEALTHY AGENCY Judged by: WRITTEN APPLICATION FORM (plus short interview with panel) This award is specifically aimed at recognising businesses in the Ards Borough Council Area that demonstrate a comprehensive committed approach to investing in the health and well-being of their employees. purpose and identity. healthy choices in canteens. Businesses who consider issues such as stress. stress management. The Public Health Agency is excited about sponsoring this new “Investment in Health award” and sees this as an opportunity to engage with local businesses to begin that shift in attitudes which is necessary to ensure that employers and employees recognise not only the importance of preventing ill-health.26 INVESTMENT IN HEALTH AWARD www. With the latest figures from the CBI showing that a staggering 172 million working days are lost every year across the UK to sickness absence.ardsbusinessawards. safety and morale. Your award submission should reflect such things as: • Health and well-being initiatives – bike to work day. and not just minimising absenteeism and injury. manage and develop people • Engagement with staff to develop well-being actions • Employers commitment: i. The award encourages practices which promote improvement.

We watch with interest to see what family businesses are in the running for this award and look forward to presenting the winner on the Gala night. The ultimate goal is to see the business grow and diversify and smoothly pass through the generations.ardsbusinessawards. priorities change and different drivers are at play for the individuals involved. BEST FAMILY BUSINESS AWARD SPONSOR: THE NEWTOWNARDS CHRONICLE As a family business ourselves. As the family business moves through the generations. loyal staff and local community. The day-to-day practicalities of running a business can be challenging enough without the added pressures and considerations of family members. we understand more than most about the challenges faced by family businesses as they strive to survive in a different world to that when they were initially formed. creating a legacy for the family.com BEST FAMILY BUSINESS AWARD 29 BEST FAMILY BUSINESS AWARD SPONSORED BY: THE NEWTOWNARDS CHRONICLE Judged by: WRITTEN APPLICATION FORM We boast many family owned and run businesses along the Ards peninsula area and this award specifically wants to reward those businesses. A specific application form will be sent to all entrants of this category asking for answers to the following questions: • What the business is and how long it has been trading • A brief review of the family history • What family members are still involved and their roles • Plans for the future of the business TO ENTER: Complete the AWARDS APPLICTATION FORM in the back of this brochure and return to the address detailed (just TICK the correct category on the list). but we know that many do it successfully and reap great rewards with a unique style of management and succession planning. The application form will then be emailed to you for completion of the questions. Good luck to all entrants.28 www. .

and it would be fantastic if we saw some of the Ards Business Award winners going on to become Ulster Bank Business Achievers as well. via their website. We run our own island wide Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards. Social media. The very best of luck to all entrants and we look forward to revealing the best business website at the Gala Awards night on Friday 2nd May. Ulster Bank is delighted to sponsor for the BEST BUSINESS WEBSITE AWARD in the Ards Business Awards. the winner will be one that demonstrates how they engage and excite. The application form will then be emailed to you for completion of the questions. downloadable features etc) TO ENTER: Complete the AWARDS APPLICTATION FORM in the back of this brochure and return to the address detailed (just TICK the correct category on the list). A specific application form will be sent to all entrants of this category asking for answers to the following questions: • What the business is and its website address • How you use your website and other tools (e. to include any apps. yet usefully inform and possibly sell to customers.g. We believe that recognising business success is very important. BEST BUSINESS WEBSITE AWARD SPONSOR: ULSTER BANK A successful and thriving business sector is an important driver of economic growth and at Ulster Bank we recognise that we have a key role to play in supporting business development. As well as providing a platform for businesses to promote their achievements it also motivates staff and encourages excellence.30 BEST BUSINESS WEBSITE AWARD www.com 31 BEST BUSINESS WEBSITE AWARD Sponsored by: ULSTER BANK Judged by: WRITTEN APPLICATION FORM This award is open to all businesses who have a website and specifically. Facebook & Twitter) to engage with your customers • Plans for the future of the website (e. .g. We look forward to celebrating the successes of the local finalists and ultimate winner.ardsbusinessawards.

32 www. To NOMINATE. We ask local businesses and individuals to NOMINATE the person or business whom you feel is the worthy winner of this award.ardsbusinessawards. through their innovation and initiative. or through their willingness to undertake new projects. BOROUGH COUNCIL . vibrant and engaged community and with the 2014 Ards Business Awards. This award seeks to recognise and reward a local business or an individual for their outstanding commitment to the business sector in Ards. we wanted to officially recognise and reward one individual (or business) for their involvement and years of commitment to the area. • Tell us who the person / business is • What have they done or continue to do which benefits the business community • What makes them unique • The impact they have had on others and / or the business community COMMITMENT TO THE ARDS BOROUGH BUSINESS COMMUNITY AWARD SPONSOR: ARDS Ards Borough Council is delighted to sponsor the ‘Commitment to the Ards Business Community Award’.com COMMUNITY TO THE ARDS BOROUGH BUSINESS COMMUNITY AWARD 33 COMMITMENT TO THE ARDS BOROUGH BUSINESS COMMUNITY AWARD SPONSORED BY: ARDS BOROUGH COUNCIL Judged by: NOMINATION FORM and decision by a panel of judges The Ards Borough Business Community is a strong. engagement or partnership with others. Simply tick the category on the application form and send us a cover letter which MUST address the following points. Whether through their leadership. the recipient of this award will demonstrate a drive to contribute to the improvement of the Ards business community. Letters of recommendation which are not complete. cannot be considered.

the specific APPLICATION FORM will be emailed to you for completion) • RETURN this form by the CLOSING DATE: Thursday 20th MARCH 2014 • POST to: Ards Borough Business Awards.com . Spectator Newspapers. Bangor BT20 4AF • OR SCAN and EMAIL TO: ardsawards@gmail.34 35 APPLICATION FORM Contact Name: Organisation/Business: Address: Postcode: Telephone: Website: My NOMINATION for the Commitment to the Ards Borough Business Community Award is: ARDS BOROUGH BUSINESS AWARDS 2014 ARDS BOROUGH BUSINESS AWARDS 2014 PROCESS and KEY DATES Read through the brochure Select what categories YOU want to enter YOUR BUSINESS into Complete the Application form Return it to the address as detailed (or scan and email to: ardsawards@gmail. • Tick the CATEGORIES you are entering (Note that for any WRITTEN CATEGORIES. Volunteer of the Year Award Young Businessperson of the Year Award (U25) Best New Business Award Best Company to work for Award Investment in Health Award Best Family Business Award Best Business Website Award To Recap on KEY DATES: APPLICATION FORM to be submitted by THURSDAY 20th MARCH WRITTEN APPLICATION FORMS must be RETURNED BY: WEDNESDAY 2nd APRIL FINALISTS will be informed: Week beginning 14th April GALA NIGHT: Friday 2nd MAY ANY QUERIES: Email ardsawards@gmail. 91 Main Street.com • If you have any QUERIES at all.2: WEDNESDAY 2nd APRIL.com Volunteer of the Year Award Best Multiple Retailer Award Best Independent Retailer Award Best Eatery / Coffee Shop Award Best Licensee Award Young Businessperson of the Year Award (U25) Best New Business Award Best Company to work for Award Investment in Health Award Best Family Business Award Best Business Website Award Commitment to the Ards Borough Business Community Award WRITTEN CATEGORIES: The following categories are entered via a WRITTEN APPLICATION FORM which will be emailed SEPARATELY to you once your Awards Application form has been revived. EACH category will ask specific questions relevant to the category and MUST BE COMPLETED and sent (or emailed) back by the KEY DATE No. email: ardsawards@gmail.com) Email: KEY DATE No. this is the date when written entries MUST be returned.1: You MUST return the Application form by: THURSDAY 20th MARCH 2014 MYSTERY SHOPPING CATEGORIES: The following categories are judged by teams of independent MYSTERY SHOPPERS Best Multiple Retailer Award Best Independent Retailer Award Best Eatery / Coffee Shop Award Best Licensee Award You MUST remember to include a LETTER OF ENDORSEMENT to support your nomination for this category 2014 ARDS BOROUGH BUSINESS AWARD CATEGORIES PLEASE TICK THE CATEGORIES WHICH YOU ARE ENTERING WHAT NEXT?             • Please complete the form CLEARLY.

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