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Hospitality companies to the fore as awards celebrate the best of Lisburn

Best New Business Spirited Drinks Ltd

Spirited Drinks Ltd won Best New Business, sponsored by Lisburn Enterprise Organisation, at the Lisburn City Business Awards. Nick Fenton (centre) from LEO presents the award to Stuart and Barbara Hughes from Spirited Drinks Ltd.


Food, drinks and hospitality companies rose to the top as the cream of Lisburn’s business community came together for The Lisburn City Business Awards.

Among the winners was premium drinks company Spirited Drinks Ltd, which scooped the prestigious Best New Business Award for its innovative work in producing naturally fruity whole berry liqueurs.

The judges pointed out that the company has begun to successfully corner a niche in a global brand dominated sector and has significant export and job creation potential.

Del Toro Steakhouse and Urban Grill won the Best Licensed Eating Establishment Award, with the judges praising the excellence of its 28 day aged, naturally raised Northern Irish Beef and the breadth of choice of food and drink on its menu.

Best Non Licensed Eating Establishment went to the Avenue Coffee Shop and Business Venue, run by Stepping Stones NI, which was singled out for the warmth of its welcome from staff, great food and value for money.

The prize for Best Tourism Amenity was won by Good Cottages which provides self catering accommodation near Lisburn and Moira. The company was praised for its ‘small touches’ including a hamper of products on arrival and the superb standard of the cottages, described as ‘beautifully decorated and exceptionally comfortable’.

The awards, which recognised excellence in every category from tourism and hospitality to manufacturing and marketing, were announced at a Gala Evening in the Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.

This year there was a record 15 awards, including three prestigious new categories of Lisburn Business Person of the Year, Best Marketing Initiative and Investment in Health awards.

The Mayor of Lisburn, Alderman William Leathem paid tribute to the hard work and inventiveness that the city’s businesses display on a daily basis to maintain a thriving local economy.

He said: “The winners of these highly competitive awards demonstrate the sheer breadth of business talent that exists in this city. The wider economy may be going through tough times but the sheer industry, imagination and know-how of businesses in Lisburn is continuing to ensure a healthy future for this city.”

Alderman Jim Dillon, Chairman of the Economic Development Committee said this biennial event showcased the commitment and skill of the Lisburn-based companies that contribute so much to the life of the city.

He said: “We have much to celebrate in Lisburn. We have a vibrant, strong business sector and these awards rightly recognise the dedication, drive and spirit of enterprise that they encapsulate.”

The awards were hosted by Lisburn City Council in association with Full Circle Management Solutions and were open to every type of business within Lisburn. The event was compered by comedian, writer and actor William Caulfield.

For more information go to www.lisburncitybusinessawards.co.uk

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