BUSINESS leaders and representatives from Dungannon and Cookstown Councils were among those in attendance for the launch of the 2013 Mid Ulster Business Awards on Friday last.
In the modern surroundings of Ranfurly House, Dungannon’s flagship arts and cultural venue, the launch marked the start of this year’s search to find the brightest stars from the local business community.
Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Mayor, Councillor Sean McGuigan, welcomed the assembled guests, and was joined by Peter Bayne, Regional Editor of the Tyrone Times and Mid Ulster Mail; Brian McAuley of Dungannon Enterprise Centre; Ciaran Higgins from Cookstown Enterprise Centre; Mary Gormley of Invest Northern Ireland; and Darryl Conway from Purple Dot business consultancy.
Addressing the audience, Peter Bayne reflected on the success of the 2011 and 2012 Business Awards, which honoured a “who’s who” of the biggest and most sought after names in the Mid Ulster area, including previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement Awards, Maire McAvoy of the McAvoy Group, and Sean Cavanagh from the accountancy firm, Cavanagh Kelly.
This year’s Business Awards will take place in the Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown, and nominations for winners in a total of 15 different categories are now open.
The awards are aimed at recognising the talent, entrepreneurship and excellence which exists across the full range of business and commerce within the Mid Ulster area.
Continuing the theme of building towards the future, the award categories cover all aspects of business and industry, giving the opportunity to enter one or more sections.
The judging process will be carried out by an independent panel, with some awards going to a public vote via the Mid Ulster Mail and Tyrone Times.
Completed entry forms for the awards should be sent to Julie Bailie, Morton Newspapers, 2 Esky Drive, Carn, Portadown BT63 5YY. The closing date for receipt of completed entry forms is Friday 18 October.