Best Start-Up Business Award

Today, the 2017 Omagh Business Awards, sponsored by SSE and organised by the Ulster Herald and Omagh Chamber of Commerce, start the process of publishing the 2017 nominees – giving the general public the opportunity to vote for their favorites.


The Awards aim to celebrate local business dedication, commitment and success and in particular those who show initiative, business acumen and a great determination to grow the local economy. All nominees have been invited to the Gala Awards Night in the Silverbirch Hotel on Friday, May 19, with the recipients set to be announced in true Oscar style.


Delighted with the awards initiative, Nicholas O’Shiel, president of Omagh Chamber of Commerce stated, “The 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. I would like to take this opportunity to thank SSE for their principal sponsorship and all of our category sponsors who have made the awards possible.” UH

Nigel McDonagh, editor of the added, “A vibrant business community is essential as it forms the backbone of any local economy. The awards aim to raise company awareness, increase networking opportunities and improve company image and customer confidence. Ultimately, the awards recognise the efforts of local companies who have one thing in common, the dedication to achieve excellence.”


This week we go ‘live’ for voting with our first two category awards: Best Start Up Business Award, sponsored by Omagh Enterprise.

Tim’s Sports Massage

Tim’s Sports Massage opened for business in November at Omagh Enterprise offering in depth and specific sports massage treatments tailored to the individual’s problem area. From the start, Tim was aiming to massage approximately 15 clients per week but has far exceeded that and is currently treating 25 to 30 clients per week.

With an excellent marketing strategy Tim has linked up with many sports clubs and networked at a diversity of sporting events and is also linking up with a local gym. Offering excellent rates including 20 per-cent off for most sports teams throughout the year, as well as five star treatment, Tim’s Sports Massage continues to flourish.

Omagh Telecoms

Omagh Telecoms Ltd was opened in November 2015 by Darren McFaul and Oisin McCullagh. They provide business and personal mobile contracts, new and refurbished pay and go handsets, accessories and an in-store repair team. They now employ a total of nine staff members and have opened another store in Strabane. Already Omagh Telecoms is renowned for its commitment to customer service and providing solutions that are right for businesses.

With a key focus on providing front of house service with a quick turnaround, this local team creates employment for people from the local area. With the creation of their own products, plans are already in place to expand across the North.

The Baravan

The Baravan is a traditional Irish pub on wheels for hire and was set up two years ago by Mark Mooney. It is a fully functional mobile pub designed and decorated like old times gone past, giving its traditional old Irish theme. It can seat 15 inside but the windows fold down and with that they have the capacity to serve up to 150 people. A timeless tribute to old Ireland, The Baravan is being hired throughout the county.

Mark has created a most imaginative business and employs and sources all his products locally. For courage in investing in such an original project, Mark Mooney is a trailblazer with his remarkable ‘Baravan.’

Digital 24

Niamh Doyle started as a digital marketing consultant with three clients in June 2015, and due to fast growth now has an additional two full-time staff working in offices in Omagh and Belfast. Digital 24 offers complete digital marketing packages and is totally dedicated to the customer, focusing on return on investment through the wealth of digital marketing experience they have.

Niamh is also an advanced digital marketing mentor and has worked with over 80 businesses so far already surpassing her three year plan target. Niamh’s success is testimony to hard work and determination having also worked for top search engine optimisation companies in Europe and shared her expertise at international events.

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