Award Categories


Best Start-Up Business

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This new category is aimed at businesses who have opened in the past 2 years, who can show growth, have implemented a successful business strategy/plan & have made the most of their resources planning for future growth. Entrants will be judged against the following criteria (a) brief description of business (b) demonstrate growth since start up e.g staffing, marketing/PR campaigns, products etc (c) demonstrate a clear commitment to investment, converting into growth in profitability & return (d) show how your business stands out from your competitors

Best Retailer

(a) brief description of business (b) briefly summarise marketing strategy (c) growth and development to date and future potential (d) good customer service and engagement with customer base (e) good presentation and upkeep of premises both internal and external

Best Health & Wellbeing

This award is aimed at all organisations / clubs that can demonstrate how they have made changes on their High Streets or in their business practices to improve the health and wellbeing of their customers, members of the local community or the staff employed within the organisation.
(a) brief description of your business
(b) demonstrate how your health, fitness or wellbeing initiative is making a positive impact on the local community or within your organisation. Outline how you, your customers or your employees are enjoying the benefits.
(c) include any quality standard awards or achievement recognition from your 'industry' or governing body
(d) summarise your health and wellbeing's special qualities and strengths, and plans for the future

Best Manufacturer

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(a) brief description of business (b) summarise marketing strategy (c) growth and development to date and future potential (d) demonstrate how business stands out from competitors 

Business Person of the Year

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(a) brief description of career (entrants may work for or own a business) (b) entrants should demonstrate how they stand out from their peers (c) summarise their main business achievements (d) summarise special qualities or strengths (e) summarise career ambitions

Best Digital Initiative & Use of Social Media

(a) brief description of business (b) brief description of digital initiative/ use of social media (c) summarise main strengths of digital initiative/ use of social media & benefit to the business (d) demonstrate how digital initiative/ use of social media engages, interacts with & is relevant to audience (e) provide evidence of users, followers etc & any other relevant data to support the entry

Best Customer Service

Voted for by readers. (a) readers will be asked to nominate a local business where the customer service experience has been great (b) nominated businesses will then be published in the Mail and Times and readers asked to vote for their winner (c) The Mid-Ulster Mail and Tyrone Times reserves the right to shortlist the nominations if necessary

Excellence in People Development

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(a) brief description of business (b) demonstrate how training has been designed and delivered (c) illustrate measurable benefits of training to the business (d) show how the business goes beyond normal parameters in commitment to staff development 

SME Business of the Year

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(a) brief description of business (b) demonstrate the business has less than 50 employees with a turnover less than £6.5m and a balance sheet of less than £3.26m (c) demonstrate a clear commitment to investment and innovation, converting into growth in profitability and return

Excellence in Innovation

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(a) give a brief description of the business (b) briefly describe the innovation that has made the biggest contribution to the success of the business (c) summarise its' development & application (d) outline how commercial performance, operational effectiveness & significant growth were affected (e) summarise how market share, overall financial performance & customer engagement were increased

Readers’ Favourite Eating Establishment

  • readers will be asked to nominate their favourite Eating Establishmen via the online link
  • nominated businesses will then be listed in the Carrick Times and readers asked to vote for their favourite.
  • The Mid Ulster Mail & Tyrone Times reserves the right to shortlist the nominations if necessary.
  • only those nominations and votes received on genuine newsprint forms will be accepted. Photocopies not allowed.

Best Community Impact

(a) brief description of business (b) initiatives implemented that have had a positive impact on the local community (c) show the benefits of any collaboration with the local community (d) demonstrate sponsorship or contributions to local sporting clubs, schools, churches, charities – either in terms of financial or in-kind contribution

Excellence in Tourism

(a) brief description of business (b) demonstrate how business benefits tourism in the region (c) provide details of any industry specific awards achieved (d) demonstrate evidence of growth and development to date and future potential (e) demonstrate good customer service

Lifetime Achievement Award

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(a) brief description of career (b) demonstrate outstanding contribution to business in and commitment to the Mid Ulster area (c) demonstrate special achievements during career (d) awards received and/or recognition from business/industry peers (e) additional supporting information