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Category Sponsors announced for Omagh Business Awards 2012

The Category Sponsors for the 2012 Omagh Business Awards have been announced confirming a star studded line up along with main sponsors Ulster Herald and Omagh Chamber of Commerce. The Awards aim to celebrate the success, talent and all that’s good about business in Omagh District.

There are eight award categories for the 2012 Omagh Business Awards:

Retailer of the Year Award, kindly sponsored by Omagh District Council.

This Award is up for grabs among retailers of all sizes displaying ambition, energy, skill and vision to scale the heights of business success. Omagh District Council covers an area of almost 440 square miles, making it the second largest district council area in Northern Ireland with a population of some 52,500 of which 25,000 live in Omagh. It continues to grow, recording over 8% gain in population over the period 2001-08, and is projected to experience 10%-20% gain in population over the period 2012-23.

Omagh continues to have a vibrant urban centre, performing a multi functional role as the prime location for retail, service, administration, leisure and cultural activity. It is the centre of a strong network of vibrant towns, supported by the villages providing a healthy, and balance level of interdependence between settlements.

The Award is recognition of the importance of the retail sector to the local economy and its ability to provide service excellence to our local communities, visitors and tourists. Omagh has developed as a leading commercial regional centre and this is being recognised more and more beyond our District boundaries. This Award is yet another opportunity to showcase Omagh’s large mix of shopping and hospitality and again profiles what is best about Omagh’s Retail Sector.

Excellence in Customer Service Award, kindly sponsored by First Trust Bank.

The judges are looking for customer focused businesses who are committed to the highest levels of service to each and every customer. First Trust Bank is delighted to sponsor the Excellence in Customer Service Award at the Omagh Business Awards 2012, supporting local communities.

Through our branches, we understand the challenges of operating a local business in the current economic environment. Every day our committed, experienced staff builds on their wealth of local knowledge by listening to your local business issues and your local financial requirements. When it comes to our customers we know ‘one size never fits all’ – we take a flexible approach, knowing your business and personal financial needs can and will change over time.

Your business is vital to the local economy and we encourage enterprise by helping customers access finance and by providing tools and guidance to help businesses grow successfully. Decisions, recommendations and expertise are therefore based on regional experience which ensures satisfaction for customers

The local team at First Trust Bank, Omagh, is headed by Tommy Traynor, Branch Manager. “For us it’s about becoming partners with our customers, advising and helping them to achieve their business objectives.” says Tommy. First Trust Bank would like to take this opportunity to wish luck to all participants who have entered the Omagh Business Awards 2012.



Excellence in Business Practice Award, kindly sponsored by ABAC Chartered Accountants.

This award will be seeking out businesses, regardless of size, leading in terms of customer focus, innovation and business development.

ABAC Chartered Accountants are delighted to be sponsoring the ‘Excellence In Business Practice’ Award as part of the Omagh Business Awards 2012. Abac is a leading local provider of accountancy and professional advisory services based in Omagh, Co Tyrone and was established to help local businesses succeed.

ABAC particularly specialise in providing proactive business advice to support clients to thrive, even in a harsh economy. We advise our clients in all stages of their development, from start-up right through to business sale. Our aim is to assist our clients in realising and reaching their full potential. ABAC would like to wish organisers Omagh Chamber of Commerce and the Ulster Herald, and each participant every success in this year’s initiative.


Best Start Up Business Award, kindly sponsored by Omagh Enterprise Company.

The recipient will, within the last 2 years, displayed a strategic approach to business and will have good prospects for the future.

Omagh Enterprise Company is delighted to be associated with the Omagh Business Awards 2012 and in particular the ‘Business Start of the Year Award’, given our role in the local community of providing support to new and existing businesses.

The company was established in 1984 as the Local Enterprise Agency for the Omagh District Council area. The aim of the company is to support the creation of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses in the Omagh area. The organisation was formed as a company limited by guarantee with a voluntary board of directors of local business people and is one of 32 local enterprise agencies located across Northern Ireland.

The company currently manages 64,000 square feet of workspace and delivers a wide range of community, enterprise and economic development programmes. The workspace consists of office, manufacturing and hi-tech business units and construction of a 14,000 square feet Innovation Growth Centre commenced in May 2012, providing state of the art accommodation for high-value, knowledge based businesses.

The company wishes all the participants success and congratulates Omagh Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the awards which will benefit the small businesses of the area.



 Excellence in Marketing Award, kindly sponsored by Creative Media.

Judges are looking for flair, inventiveness and improvisation through the usual marketing techniques and online tools.

 Creative Media is a boutique design agency that has been successful for over 10 years in the delivery of leading-edge design. Their success is largely down to the passionate, ambitious and talented people involved, but in terms of outcome it is the marriage of people and process that makes them tick.

As a result of their expertise, they are able to offer a design service involving all elements of the industry. They can also provide added-value benefits, such as Web-design, Advertising, Signage, Digital Marketing, Copywriting and Art Direction, as well as their staple offering of design production for print.

 Allied with their strong industry connections and long term partnerships formed with suppliers, PR agencies, publishers and the print, audio and television media, their experience and past record of success all combine to create a unique company.

Creative Media are delighted to sponsor this award and would like to thank Omagh Chamber of Commerce for their tireless efforts, and wish all participants the very best of luck at this years ceremony. 



The Green Award, kindly sponsored by BioG Ireland.

The Green Award is about recognising environmentally friendly businesses. The judges will be looking for the business/company that demonstrates environmental best practice or sustainable development.

BioG Ireland is an Omagh based company which provides biogas renewable energy solutions to customers throughout Northern Ireland. BioG Ireland is the Northern Ireland partner firm of BioG Biogastechnik GmbH based in Austria, whose state of the art anaerobic digester plant has the highest engine operating uptimes in Europe. Working closely with our customers BioG Ireland can provide tailor made designs, technological and project management support to ensure the maximum operating efficiency of the plant.

Leading the way in funding biogas renewable energy BioG Ireland can offer attractive finance packages and our dynamic approach to finance, combined with proven biogas technology, ensures an excellent return on investment.


Growth through Export Award, kindly sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland.

Success in export sales to countries outside NI & GB is a must plus judges will be looking at plans in place to sustain this success.

Invest Northern Ireland is proud, to once again sponsor the Omagh Business Awards. As Northern Ireland’s economic development agency our overall goal is to help create wealth by strengthening the economy and helping it grow. We do this by supporting business development, helping businesses to grow export levels, attracting high quality inward investment, and stimulating a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation.

The Growth through Export Award celebrates local companies that have successfully grown their business by exporting their goods and services. Growth through Export is a key priority for Invest NI. Our forward plan of work aims to continue to support businesses that need help to break into overseas markets and assist those already exporting to explore other opportunities. Find out more on www.investni.com



Ulster Herald / Omagh Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year Award.

Judges will be looking for commitment to the enhancement of business life within the District.

Perhaps the most prestigious award of the night will the Business Person of The Year. This award will be presented to a person whos commercial endeavours have helped to enhance Omagh as a place for people to do business.


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 and District. Entry forms or online entry are available by logging onto www.ulsterherald.com. The closing date for nominations is 31st August 2012. Self and third party nominations are welcome for all award categories.


The Awards (Click on the award title below to enter online or download a Word application form.)

  • Retailer of the Year Award (sponsored by Omagh District Council)
  • Excellence in Customer Service Award (sponsored by First Trust Bank)
  • Excellence in Business Practice Award (sponsored by ABAC Chartered Accountants)
  • The Green Award (sponsored by BIOG Ireland)
  • Best Start-up Business Award (sponsored by Omagh Enterprise)
  • Excellence through Marketing Award (sponsored by Creative Media)
  • Growth Through Export Award (sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland)
  • Ulster Herald and Omagh Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year Award