Search Is On For Cream Of The Crop

Today, the Omagh Business Awards begins its search to find the local business cream of the crop along with the Business Personality of the Year.

The annual Awards, organised by the Ulster Herald and Omagh Chamber of Commerce, celebrate the dedication, commitment and success of businesses & individuals throughout the district.

The event will culminate with recipients being honoured for the nine award categories at a gala dinner in Kelly’s Inn on Friday, October 25, 2013.

Last year’s initiative proved to be a huge success with over 50 entrants, several thousand votes, over 220 people at the gala awards night and 5 months of in paper coverage.

With the mechanics of the event in place and hotel booked, we can now announce the full line up of sponsors:

Principal sponsor:
Omagh Chamber of Commerce and the Ulster Herald.

Category sponsors:
Omagh Enterprise; Omagh District Council; Invest Northern Ireland; Abac Chartered Accountants; Gortrush Food Services Ltd; Danske Bank; First Trust Bank; South West College; Waste Systems Ltd.

Danske Bank; First Trust Bank; South West College; Waste Systems Ltd. – See more at:
Danske B; First Trust Bank; South West College; Waste Systems Ltd.


The Awards are available to enter as from today and this will remain open until the 16th August and then it’s over to the judges for the inevitable task of selecting 3 shortlisted nominees who will be profiled in paper.

Our readers will then be invited to show their support and the judges will once again meet to decide on the overall winner who will be acknowledged at the big awards night.

Indeed the calibre of winners selected was reinforced as last year’s overall Business Person of the Year, Patsy Kelly of Kelly’s Inn, was a hugely popular choice when she claimed the top prize. Speaking at the launch, Patsy said, “It was such a privilege to win the award and I received hundreds of congratulations cards which are all displayed at Kelly’s Inn. Being referred to as ‘Business Person of the Year’ took some getting used to but it was a tremendous honour.”

So if you’re eager to highlight your business success, then the Omagh Business Awards is right for you to raise your profile, prove your excellence, acknowledge your team efforts and impress partners and clients.

Highlighting the benefits of the Awards, Nigel McDonagh, Ulster Herald title editor, stated, “This is a great opportunity for local businesses to enter an awards initiative that will recognise and reward success, talent and all that’s good about business in the Omagh area.”

President of Omagh Chamber of Commerce, Julian McKeown added, “The Omagh Business Awards are a recognition of the local entrepreneurs and businesses who have made things happen. These are firms that have excelled in customer service, marketing, export, business practice and innovation,” he explained. “They have all met their challenges head on and continue to play their part in creating a vibrant enterprise economy here in Omagh.”


Any business or individual are invited to nominate themselves or others for any of the categories on offer. The awards are free to enter and open to any business in Omagh & district. Entry forms or online entry are available by logging onto and then clicking on ‘more’ and then the business awards link or by contacting Elaine Fyffe Harper on 07734389484 or email The closing date for nominations is 16th August 2013. Self and third party nominations are welcome for all award categories.

Recipients are set to be announced at a prestigious gala dinner in Kelly’s Inn on Friday 25th October 2013.