Omagh Business Awards approach exciting climax

THE suspense is nearly over as Omagh Chamber of Commerce and the Ulster Herald get ready to announce the winners of the Omagh Business Awards 2011 at the Chamber’s annual gala dinner on Friday, October 7 in Kelly’s Inn.

Speaking about the awards, which were launched in June this year, Chris Kelly, president of Omagh Chamber of Commerce said, “We have been delighted with the response that we have had this year to the Omagh Business Awards from the business community in Omagh. These business awards are about celebrating the success of local businesses and employers, recognising their hard work and paying tribute to their many achievements. Omagh has much to be proud of and the awards recognise not just the companies that contribute to the vibrancy of the district, but the talented and   brilliant people employed within them across a range of business sectors. The awards are also about setting future aspirations to reach new standards in excellence.”

He added, “The number of applications that were received has well exceeded our expectations. We had a high number of excellent applicants in each of the categories, making the competition extremely stiff and the selection and judging process even more difficult as everyone would have been a worthy winner. These awards most certainly bear true testimony to the quality of businesses we have in the Omagh district. Congratulations must go to all those who have been shortlisted. I look forward to announcing this year’s winners on October 7. ”

Dominic McClements, the Ulster Herald general manager,  said “The Ulster Herald is delighted to be co-organiser of the 2011 Omagh Business Awards in partnership with Omagh Chamber of Commerce and we are very impressed by the range and standard of entries that have been received from the local business community.

“The business awards is an ideal way for local companies to gain acknowledgement of their efforts and sends out a message that they’re here in the local community and making a name for themselves.

“We would like to wish all the nominees every success at the Business Awards and throughout 2011.”

The Omagh Chamber of Commerce and Awards gala dinner will be held on Friday, October 7 in Kelly’s Inn. The MC for the evening is Jim Fitzpatrick, business and economics editor with BBC Northern Ireland and the guest speaker at the event is Alex Attwood, Minister for the Environment.

Elaine Fyffe, membership officer, Omagh Chamber of Commerce says “The gala dinner promises to be an excellent night. Not only will we have the drama and anticipation of the award winners being announced but also have an excellent MC and speaker. This event is also an excellent networking opportunity as representation from all sectors of the business community will be in attendance.”

She added, “None of this would be possible without the support from our many sponsors and I would like to thank them all for their support.”

If you would like to attend the gala dinner on Friday, October 7, contact Elaine Fyffe on 82249494/07734389484 or email or log onto the Ulster Herald and Omagh Chamber of Commerce websites for more information.