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Outstanding Contribution to the Greater Newry Area Award Winner was Ciaran Rafferty who accepted his Award from Sponsor Peter Murray, Centre Manager at Buttercrane Shopping Centre.
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Celebrating the resilience of the business community in the Greater Newry Area, Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade hosted a glittering awards ceremony in the City last night, 7 October.

Best Businesswoman Award Winner was Gemma Murphy, Jack Murphy Jewellers who received her Award from Sponsor Clare Harvey, Clinic Manager from Sponsory Younique Aesthetics Clinic.
Best Businesswoman Award Winner was Gemma Murphy, Jack Murphy Jewellers who received her Award from Sponsor Clare Harvey, Clinic Manager from Sponsory Younique Aesthetics Clinic. Photographs: Liz Boyle 

The biennial event took place at the Canal Court Hotel & Spa and honoured the achievements of 27 individuals and organisations. 

The awards organised by the Newry Chamber were sponsored by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Shelbourne Motors. 

Chamber President, Emma Mullen-Marmion commented: “There is no question the last 18 months have been amongst the toughest times faced by businesses and society in general. However, from the over 200 award applications received by the Chamber, we can clearly see that the local economy is being driven by many successful, ambitious and talented enterprises. 

Special Recognition Award presented by President Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade, Emma Mullen-Marmion to Southern Health & Social Care Trust represented by Dr. Seamus Murphy and Yvonne Murphy.
Special Recognition Award presented by President Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade, Emma Mullen-Marmion to Southern Health & Social Care Trust represented by Dr. Seamus Murphy and Yvonne Murphy.

The strength of this year’s awards clearly illustrates a confident, determined business community, focused on creating jobs and generating wealth and prosperity for our region. We were delighted to present a Special Recognition Award to the Southern Health and Social Care Trust to honour their commitment during the Covid-19 pandemic. Newry Chamber wanted to thank all Health Care staff for the vital role they played in helping to care for our citizens and keeping us all safe.”.

Best Businessman Award Winner was Connaire McGreevy, CTS who received his Award from Sponsor Rachel McCaughey, Salon Manager from Younique Salon.
Best Businessman Award Winner was Connaire McGreevy, CTS who received his Award from Sponsor Rachel McCaughey, Salon Manager from Younique Salon.

The Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Greater Newry Area went to Ciaran Rafferty. The highly respected Solicitor has for over four decades been involved with charity and community sector organisations. Most notably Newry Credit Union, Clanrye Group and St Vincent de Paul Society. 

Best Businesswoman went to Gemma Murphy from Jack Murphy Jewellers while Best Businessman award went to Connaire McGreevy of CTS - Connect Transform Sustain.

Best Young Entrepreneur Award Winner Patrick Mackin, Macklin’s Accident Repair Centre receives his Award from Sponsor Cathal O’Hare Director O’Hare & McGovern.
Best Young Entrepreneur Award Winner Patrick Mackin, Macklin’s Accident Repair Centre receives his Award from Sponsor Cathal O’Hare Director O’Hare & McGovern.

Congratulating all the winners, Emma Mullen-Marmion said: “The Greater Newry Area is recognised as a place synonymous with entrepreneurship, innovation, excellent service, product quality and customer care. This year’s awards have recognised the very best that this region’s business community has to offer. Well done to all companies that entered and congratulations to the winners.”

 The Award Winners

1. Special Recognition Award - Southern Health & Social Care Trust 

Sponsored by Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade

Best New Business Award Winner ‘Raw Fusion’ represented by Amanda and Rowan Kearns accept their Award from Sponsor Anthony Boden and Sean Grant Digney Grant.
Best New Business Award Winner ‘Raw Fusion’ represented by Amanda and Rowan Kearns accept their Award from Sponsor Anthony Boden and Sean Grant Digney Grant.

2. Best Social Enterprise - Newry.ie CIC

Sponsored by Newry and Mourne Co-operative and Enterprise Agency in association with Oriel Developments

3. Best Bar - The Bridge Bar

Sponsored by Q Radio

3. Best Green Business - Around Noon 

Sponsored by Canal Court Hotel & Spa 

4. Best Tourism & Hospitality Business - Killeavy Castle Estate

Sponsored by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Best Place to Eat in category Best Café & Takeaway Camocha Café Bistro represented by brothers Ciaran and Micheál Hughes accept their Award from Sponsor Denise Curtis, Associate Director Personal Lines at Abbey Autoline.
Best Place to Eat in category Best Café & Takeaway Camocha Café Bistro represented by brothers Ciaran and Micheál Hughes accept their Award from Sponsor Denise Curtis, Associate Director Personal Lines at Abbey Autoline.

5. Best Use of Social Media - Lily Bain Bathrooms & Tiles

Sponsored by Brilliant Red Digital

6.Best Customer Service (Multiple Retailer) - Specsavers Newry

Sponsored by The Quays Shopping Centre

7. Best Marketing Initiative - S&W Wholesale

Sponsored by The Newry Democrat 

Best Innovative Business Award Winner HBE represented by Clive Clarke M.D and David Sharkey Head of Innovations accept their Award from Sponsor Mark McGivern, Senior Vice President of FD Technologies.
Best Innovative Business Award Winner HBE represented by Clive Clarke M.D and David Sharkey Head of Innovations accept their Award from Sponsor Mark McGivern, Senior Vice President of FD Technologies.

8. Best Innovative Business - HBE

Sponsored by FD Technologies plc

9.Best Export Business - S&W Wholesale 

Sponsored by Norbrook Laboratories 

Best Customer Service Award Winner ‘Jack Murphy Jewellers’ represented by Gemma Murphy, Sinead Sands and Tara O’Hanlon accept their Award from Sponsor Eamonn Connolly, Newry BID Manager.
Best Customer Service Award Winner ‘Jack Murphy Jewellers’ represented by Gemma Murphy, Sinead Sands and Tara O’Hanlon accept their Award from Sponsor Eamonn Connolly, Newry BID Manager.

10. Best Manufacturing & Engineering Business - ASEE Ltd

Sponsored by Collins Aerospace

11. Best Young Entrepreneur - Patrick Mackin, Mackins Accident Repair Centre 

Sponsored by O'Hare & McGovern

 

12. Best New Business - Raw Fusion

Sponsored by Digney Grant

13. Best Customer Service (Independent Retailer) - Jack Murphy Jewellers

Sponsored by Newry BID

14. Best Place To Eat (Best Restaurant & Bistro) - Killeavy Castle Estate

Sponsored by AbbeyAutoline

15.Best Place To Eat (Best Café & Takeaway - Camocha Bistro Café

Sponsored by AbbeyAutoline

16. Best Kept Business - Granite Exchange 

Sponsored by The Newry Reporter

18 Best Beauty, Health & Wellbeing Business - The Gym Guru (TGG Fitness Ltd)

Sponsored by Jack Murphy Jewellers

19. Best Place To Work - Clanrye Group 

Sponsored by The Irish News

20. Best Professional Services Business - PKF-FPM

Sponsored by Bank of Ireland UK

Best Tourism & Hospitality Business Award was presented to Winner Killeavy Castle Estate represented by Jason Foody General Manager who accepted the Award from Sponsor Chairperson Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Cathy Mason.
Best Tourism & Hospitality Business Award was presented to Winner Killeavy Castle Estate represented by Jason Foody General Manager who accepted the Award from Sponsor Chairperson Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Cathy Mason.

21. Best Small Business - RNN Communications 

Sponsored by Translink

22. Best Apprenticeship Employer - McGuinness Plumbing 

Sponsored by Southern Regional College 

23. Best Family Business - Crilco - Crilly's Sweets

Sponsored by AIB

Best Bar Award Winner was presented by Sponsor Sinead Cavanagh, Group Sales Operation Manager at Q Radio to the Winner 'The Bridge Bar' represented by Shane Baker.
Best Bar Award Winner was presented by Sponsor Sinead Cavanagh, Group Sales Operation Manager at Q Radio to the Winner 'The Bridge Bar' represented by Shane Baker.

24. Best Business In The Community - Clanrye Group 

Sponsored by Newry Credit Union

Best Green Business Award was presented by sponsor Gemma Adams Deputy General Manager Canal Court Hotel & Spa to Winner Around Noon represented by Philip Morgan and Liliana Zenova.
Best Green Business Award was presented by sponsor Gemma Adams Deputy General Manager Canal Court Hotel & Spa to Winner Around Noon represented by Philip Morgan and Liliana Zenova.

25. Best Businesswoman - Gemma Murphy, Jack Murphy Jewellers 

Sponsored by Younique Aesthetics

26. Best Businessman - Connaire McGreevy, CTS

Sponsored by Younique Aesthetics

27. Outstanding Contribution To The Greater Newry Area - Ciaran Rafferty

Sponsored by Buttercrane Shopping Centre

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