Spotlight on Success….Belfast Business Awards 2019 shortlist is revealed – 105 companies made the cut

The eager wait is finally over…today the shortlist for the most prestigious business awards in Northern Ireland, the Belfast Business Awards 2019 has been revealed…


Organised and hosted by Belfast Chamber with Principal Sponsor, Bank of Ireland UK, the annual, highly-coveted ceremony have become synonymous with recognising, promoting and rewarding the excellence of Belfast-based companies.


Over 100 of Belfast’s top businesses have made the shortlist spanning 21 categories, from customer service, creative, community, digital marketing, age-friendly to food and drink. The gala ceremony will take place on Friday 10th May 2019 at Titanic Belfast.


The diverse 21 categories span from Best Technology Based Business, Environmental Best Practice, Best Company to Work for, and Young Business Person of the Year (under30) to the Bank of Ireland UK Lifetime Achievement award.


Commenting on this year’s shortlist Paul McClurg, Head of Business Banking Belfast from partner Bank of Ireland UK said: “We were absolutely delighted see such fantastic strength and quality across the breadth of businesses entries for this year’s awards.


“In successfully meeting the brief for boosting business it’s making the selection process an interesting one which will positively challenge the judges.


Paul concluded: “At Bank of Ireland we are delighted to be part of these local business “Begin” journeys, supporting them as they progress towards achieving their ambition to be recognised as well as sharing and celebrating their talent and success, as an important part of a strong, vibrant and diverse business community in Belfast.”


Rajesh Rana, President of Belfast Chamber commented: “Once again we are truly astounded at the sheer level of excellent entries who have taken the time to showcase their business for these awards.


“Over the next couple of weeks, a series of interviews will take place with a panel of judges to decide the overall winners in each category.


“There will also be extensive mystery shopping for the customer service and hospitality-based categories, so I encourage everyone to go the extra mile and showcase their business and staff to their absolute best ability.


“The awards night is a real highlight in the Belfast Chamber calendar. It’s a night to celebrate, to showcase your excellence, to network with your peers and to give yourself and team a well-deserved pat on the back.


“This year’s event will be held in the fantastic Titanic Belfast, the World’s Number One tourist destination and will be hosted once-again by Sarah Travers and Pete Snodden. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by contacting Belfast Chamber.”


Rajesh concluded: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the entrants for the time and effort that has gone into the entries and to congratulate those shortlisted.”


The Belfast Business Awards will take place on Friday 10th May 2019 at Titanic Belfast. For tickets visit


Full list of shortlisted finalists …
*Customer Service Excellence, Hospitality Sector sponsored by Power NI

·         Café Parisien
·         Titanic Hotel
·         Maryville House Tearooms Boutique B&B
·         Odyssey Bowl
·         Stay in Belfast Ltd
·         Victoria Square

*Customer Service Excellence, Independent Retailer sponsored by Andras Hotels

·         iPhix
·         Kukoon Rugs
·         Learning SPACE
·         Omnibus Home
·         Robinsons Shoes
·         Suitor Brothers Tailoring

*Customer Service Excellence, Professional Business Services sponsored by Specsavers

·         GOC Estate Agents
·         iMultiply
·         Keenan Healthcare
·         MCS Group
·         Newbridge Financial Planning Ltd
·         SureSkills

*Best New Business sponsored by Fintru

·         Brown O’Connor Communications
·         Halo Healthy Kitchen
·         Honeycomb Jobs
·         Karcher Center Belfast
·         Memento Floral Designs Ltd
·         Pride & Pinion


*Social Enterprise of the Year sponsored by Belfast City Council, Health Development

·         East Belfast Mission
·         GLL
·         Open College Network NI (OCN NI)
·         TREECO Maintenance Service
·         Usel

*Best Family Business sponsored by Value Cabs

·         C.B. Contracts (NI) Ltd
·         Glandore
·         Karcher Center Belfast
·         Mount Charles
·         The Gregory Belfast
·         Wood Floor Warehouse


*Business Growth sponsored by Grant Thornton

·         BLK BOX
·         FinTrU
·         Houtman Scaffolding Ltd
·         Made to Engage
·         Mount Charles
·         Selective Travel Management


*Best Company to work for award sponsored by Willis Insurance

·         Bell & Company
·         FinTrU
·         GOLFNOW
·         NI Water
·         Paul Connan Ltd, McDonald’s Restaurant
·         Primark


*Best Marketing Initiative sponsored by Downtown, Cool FM, Downtown Country

·         Belfast One & Destination CQ
·         Beyond Skin Clinic
·         MCS Group
·         Translink (Glider)
·         Victoria Square
·         Visit Belfast


*Best Business Premises sponsored by Belfast One

·         GOLFNOW
·         House Belfast (Botanic Way Ltd)
·         Instil Software
·         MRP
·         Options Technology
·         Savills Ireland


*Young business person (Under 30) sponsored by Victoria Square

·         Becca Hume, TapSOS
·         Glen Stewart, We Are Vertigo
·         Holly Wilson, Belfast Cathedral – The Cathedral Church of St Annes
·         James Blake, Vindicta Digital
·         Karen McParland, Majestic Kitchens & Bedrooms Ltd
·         Laurance Henry O’Neill, O’Neill’s Funeral Directors


*Employee of the year sponsored by Castle Court

·         Adam Myles, Abacus Careers
·         Conor Mills, Uberfone
·         Glenn McCalmont, Tribal Burger
·         Kym Horner, MKB Law
·         Laura Banks, Francis Hanna & Company Solicitors
·         Leah McMullan, The Bake House






*Business person of the Year sponsored by Lacuna Developments

·         Aodhan Connolly, Northern Ireland Retail Consortium
·         Gareth Murphy, Vertigo Holdings Ltd
·         Mary Leonard, Learning SPACE
·         Samuel J Anderson, Icemos Technology Ltd
·         Tara Simpson, Instil Software
·         Tom Smyth, Dream Apartments



*Creative Business sponsored by Destination CQ

·         Blick Studios
·         Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People
·         Collaborate
·         Kaizen Brand Evolution
·         NI Silver
·         Sugar Rush Creative


*Best Digital Business sponsored by Exterion Media

·         Dawson Andrews
·         Flowlens
·         Groundswell
·         Loud Mouth Media
·         Made to Engage
·         OBBI Solutions


*Best Hotel, sponsored by Linen Quarter BID

·         Crowne Plaza
·         Grand Central Hotel
·         Hampton by Hilton Hotel
·         Holiday Inn, Belfast City Centre
·         Ten Square Hotel
·         Titanic Hotel


*Best Age-Friendly Business sponsored by Belfast City Council, Age Charter

·         GLL/Better Belfast
·         Marks and Spencer
·         Translink
·         Ulster Bank


*Best Technology Based Business sponsored by Mills Selig

·         Icemos Technology Ltd
·         Instil Software
·         MRP
·         Options Technology
·         SaltDNA
·         Sugar Rush Creative


*Environmental Best Practice

·         Camden Group
·         CastleCourt Shopping Centre
·         Eventmedic NI
·         MCL Consulting
·         The Morning Star
·         Ulster Supported Employment Ltd


*Best Eatery/Coffee Shop *COFFEE SHOP* sponsored by Red Box Media

·         Curated Kitchen & Coffee
·         Maryville House Tearooms & Boutique B&B
·         The Bake House
·         The Ivory Champagne Café


*Best Eatery/Coffee Shop *EATERY* sponsored by Red Box Media


·         Fish City Belfast
·         Freshly Chopped (Mount Charles)
·         Hadskis
·         The Ivory Restaurant
·         Tony & Jens