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Holywood Chamber has announced the launch of the highly anticipated Holywood Chamber President’s Awards, in partnership with the Spectator Newspaper Group. These bi-monthly awards are designed to elevate, celebrate, and recognise the very best of Holywood businesses, spotlighting the best of the best in our fantastic local community.

Over the course of the next 12 months, the Chamber President will personally present six awards to deserving local businesses in categories such as Best Family Business, Best New Business, Best Service-Based Business, Best Retailer, Excellence in Marketing, and Best in Hospitality. More than just accolades, these awards are a testament to the passion, dedication, and innovation that propel our local businesses to new heights.

Speaking at the launch of the awards at the new Holywood Wine Bar, Susi Diesel, Chamber President, said, ‘These awards embody more than mere recognition; they celebrate the essence of excellence and innovation that makes up the rich tapestry of our local town centre.

“Holywood stands apart as a town comprised of over 100 businesses with a 90 per cent share of independent businesses, and our Chamber’s mission is to champion, acknowledge, and celebrate these enterprises.

“These awards are our vehicle to do just that. We encourage businesses to submit their entries and nominate themselves or others, as each winning entry will receive dedicated social media and PR coverage through our esteemed media partner, Spectator Group.'”

Susi concluded: “We are excited to celebrate excellence together and shine a spotlight on the remarkable achievements of Holywood’s finest businesses.”

Neil Evans from Spectator Newspaper Group said: “We are absolutely delighted to be the media partner with the Holywood Chamber in this fantastic initiative, in recognising the outstanding achievements of local Holywood businesses. We believe these awards will not only celebrate excellence but also inspire further innovation and growth within the community.”

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To enter, you must have a business address in Holywood, County Down.


The awards categories are as follows;

Month 1: Best Family Business (March/April)

– Criteria for selecting the winner of the Best Family Business award may include factors such as business longevity, innovation, community involvement, and overall success.

Month 2: Best Service Based Business (May/June)

– Criteria for selecting the winner of the Best Service Based Business award will include factors such as customer reviews and testimonials, staff expertise and professionalism, range of services offered, quality of facilities and equipment, and overall customer satisfaction ratings.

Month 3: Outstanding Customer Service (July/August)

-Criteria includes exceptional customer service and has received positive feedback or testimonials from satisfied customers could be nominated for this award.

Month 4: Excellence in Marketing (September/October)

– Criteria for selecting the winner of the Excellence in Marketing award may include factors such as the creativity and originality of the marketing campaign, the effectiveness of the strategy in achieving business objectives, the level of audience engagement and interaction generated, and the overall impact on brand visibility and awareness.

Month 5: Best in Retail (November/December)

– Criteria for selecting the winner of the Best Retailer award may include factors such as product quality and variety, store ambiance and presentation, customer service excellence, community engagement, and overall customer satisfaction ratings.

Month 6: Best in Hospitality (Jan/Feb)

– Criteria for selecting the winner of the Best in Hospitality award may include factors such as the quality and creativity of the menu offerings, the professionalism and friendliness of the staff, the cleanliness and upkeep of the facilities, the efficiency of the service, and the overall atmosphere and ambiance of the establishment.

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Details & How to Enter:
– The Best Family Business award celebrates the contributions and achievements of family-owned businesses in Holywood.
– These businesses make up the rich tapestry of independent shops, professional services and bars and restaurants and play a vital role in the local economy and community, often passing down traditions, values, and expertise from one generation to the next.
– Nominees for this award may include businesses that have been owned and operated by the same family for multiple generations or those that are currently run by family members.
– These businesses may operate in various sectors, including retail, hospitality, professional services and service-based business.
– You may enter yourself or nominate another business
– Criteria for selecting the winner of the Best Family Business is below & should be emailed to 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐨@𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐲𝐰𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫.𝐜𝐨𝐦 with your name and contact details.
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