05 Oct 2022

Packed house enjoy North West Business Awards at Derry's City Hotel

Above: There was a double success for St Mary's College last night when Dr Mary McKenna won the Business Hero Award, while Roisin Rice lifted the Best Use of Digital or Social Media Award for the school. The winners are pictured here with host Barra Best.

The North West Business Awards took place at the City Hotel last night, hosted by TV presenter Barra Best.

More than three hundred people from Sligo to Coleraine attended the ceremonies, which were organised by the Chamber of Commerce and City Centre Initiative.

Chamber President Jennifer McKeever said: "This year has provided a particularly challenging environment - with much uncertainty and discontent in our economic and political landscape.

"But our businesses, right across the North West, have demonstrated great resilience and optimism, and have contuned to grow, innovate, and leader their businesses and industries."

Above: NW Entrepreneur of the Year Kevin Daly, third from left at back, with his award.

Included among the night's winners were:

NW Pub of the Year - Peadar O'Donnell's

NW Restaurant of the Year - Walled City Brewery

NW Guest Accommodation Provider of the Year - Everglades Hotel

Outstanding Contribution to Arts & Culture - In Your Space Circus

Best Tourism Event or Initiative - Derry/Strabane Council: Slow Food Festival

Excellence in Innovation - Lacpatrick Dairies

NW Creative Industries Business of the Year - [two winners] Blockception and Gradon Architecture

NW Craft Industry of the Year - Banba

Growth Through Export - Lacpatrick Dairies

Best Use of Digital or Social Media - St Mary's College

NW Retailer of the Year - JKC Specialist Cars

Professional Services of the Year Award - MPA Recruitment Hair & Beauty Business of the Year - Bareknuckle Barbershop

Visit Derry Conference of the Year - The Irish Cardiac 68th Annual Conference: Dr Albert McNeill & Prof Aaron Peace

Ulster University MBA Business Award - Shelly McCaughey: Fultus

Business Hero of the Year - Mary McKenna

NW Entrepreneur of the Year - Kevin Daly

NW Business of the Year - O'Neill's Sportswear

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