Business Awards 2011

Omagh Chamber of Commerce and Ulster Herald Omagh Business Awards 2011

An impressive gathering of over 200 members of the Omagh and District business community gathered in Kelly’s Inn, Garvaghey, on Friday evening last to celebrate the Annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner and the Omagh Chamber of Commerce and Ulster Herald’s Omagh Business Awards 2011.

With Jim Fitzpatrick, Economics and Business Editor with the BBC, as Master of Ceremonies for the night, the glittering occasion featured video presentation of the short-listed nominees before the winner in each category was announced. In the ultimate accolade of a night of business honours, Marcus Isherwood of Creative Media, the Omagh and Belfast based design agency was named as Omagh Business Person of the Year.

The formal speeches of the evening were delivered by Omagh Chamber’s President, Chris Kelly and Alex Attwood, Minister of the Environment before the formal part of the evening concluded with the announcement and presentation of the Omagh Business Awards by the sponsors of the various categories.

Chris Kelly, President of Omagh of Commerce, hailed the evening as an ‘outstanding success’, illustrating business strength and creativity that exists throughout the local area. Mr Kelly said, “I am delighted that the Omagh Business Awards were an outstanding success. Despite the difficult economic times the event was sold out and we had a capacity attendance”.

“The Business Awards celebrate the wealth and diversity of the business talent and the entrepreneurial spirit that exists within Omagh and the surrounding district. They are a recognition of the exceptional talent of the business men and women of Omagh. The Business Awards are also a badge of the confidence and pride that we have in our town and district. They send a clear message to the wider community in Northern Ireland and beyond that Omagh is an exciting place to do business”. “The Awards demonstrate that we in Omagh are more than capable of creating dynamic, innovative and successful world-class businesses.The Awards are all about celebrating that success and each and every one of businesses who took part should be proud of what they have achieved. They are an inspiring testament to the innovation and creativity of the people of Omagh.”

Dominic McClements, Ulster Herald General Manager stated, “The Ulster Herald is delighted to be joint organiser of the Business Awards this year along with Omagh Chamber of Commerce. The gala night last Friday was a huge success for everyone concerned with the local business community being acknowledged for its dedication and entrepreneurialism.


“The Ulster Herald plays a pivotal role in the local community and backing initiatives such as the awards is crucial and we look forward to the event growing in strength over the coming years.”

And the winners are

Retailer of the Year Award – Sponsored by Omagh District Council – House of Kidz

Excellence in Customer Service Award – Sponsored by Grafton Recruitment – Pat Kirk Motors

Excellence in Business Practice Award – Sponsored by Abac, All Business Advice Centre – Hi-Tec Hair Salon

Best Start Up Business Award – Sponsored by Omagh Enterprise – Heavenly Tasty Organics

Excellence in Marketing Award – Sponsored by Power NI – Todds Leap

Growth through Export Award – Sponsored by Invest NI – Waste Systems Ltd

Omagh Chamber of Commerce/Ulster Herald Business Person of the Year Award – Marcus Isherwood, Creative Media