OCCI Awards 2012

An impressive gathering of over 200 members of the Omagh and District business community gathered in the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh, 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 2012.

With local comedian Terry Keyes 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 honors, Patsy Kelly of Kellys Inn, Garvaghey was named as Omagh Business Person of the Year.

The formal speeches of the evening were delivered by Omagh Chamber’s President, Kevin Martin, Editor of the Ulster Herald, Nigel McDonagh and Will McKee, entrepreneur , author and motivational speaker 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.

Kevin Martin, President of Omagh of Commerce, hailed the evening as an ‘outstanding success’, illustrating business strength and creativity that exists throughout the local area.

 Mr Martin 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 full 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.”

Nigel McDonagh, Editor, Ulster Herald 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.”

If you would like to know more, or for information on how to join Omagh Chamber please contact: Elaine Fyffe at Omagh Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OCCI), Omagh Enterprise Centre, Great Northern Road, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, BT78 5LU. Tel: 028 82 249 494. Fax: 028 82 249 451. Email: admin@omaghchamber.com Web: www.omaghchamber.com.