The prestigious Bangor Business Awards are back for 2023 to recognise the resilience, innovation and commitment to growth from companies of all sizes. The awards are organised by Bangor Chamber of Commerce, in association with the Fusco Group.

The organisers say the event promises to be the city and borough’s largest business awards event to date, with a record number of entries seen in 2022, meaning expectations are high.

Aimed at any business within Bangor, the awards which are principally sponsored by The Fusco Group, will officially celebrate achievement, innovation, and the perseverance for growth which both the public and business professionals have shown over the previous year.

Entries will open tomorrow, Friday, August 25, and will close on Tuesday, September 12, before the shortlist is announced on Wednesday, September 20. The official awards ceremony takes place at the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel, Bangor, on Thursday, October 12.

The Bangor Business Awards 2023 categories are: Hospitality & Tourism Business of the Year; Bangor’s Best Takeaway; Professional Business Services Company of the Year; Customer Service Excellence, Multiple Retailer; Emerging Business of the Year; Family Business of the Year; Best Business Development; Employer of the Year; Independent Retailer of the Year; Best Creative Initiative; Employee of the Year; Sustainable & Environmentally Friendly Business of the Year; Wellbeing in the Workplace; Commitment to Bangor Business Community; and Bangor’s Company of the Year

Entrants can look forward to seeing some of the most beloved categories that have become synonymous with the Bangor Business Awards’ prestige. But that’s not all. This year’s awards will also introduce a host of fresh, innovative categories designed to reflect the evolving landscape of business and entrepreneurship.

Johnathan Fusco, general manager of the group, said: “The Fusco Group are proud to partner with the Bangor Business Awards to celebrate exceptional achievements for both individuals and businesses within the local area. With a vision to make Bangor a more vibrant place to live, work and visit we share the event’s dedication to innovation and excellence. The Bangor Business Awards are a platform to honour unwavering dedication and innovation and we’re privileged to support this progress.”

Other  supporting sponsors include That Prize Guy, David Mawhinney Butchers and Ards and North Down Borough Council.

This year’s category sponsors are Bloomfield Traders Association, Foot Clinic NI, Brisk Technology, North Down Development Organisation, Eclectic and Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors. Affiliate partners are County Down Spectator, Blue Monkee Media, Clandeboye Lodge Hotel and Callow Event Management. The awards are kindly organised by Bangor Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber of Commerce President Geoff Thompson said: “Bangor Chamber of Commerce is delighted to mark our return for 2023, celebrating the biggest awards event in our history which will champion the achievements and successes of our local business community and celebrate the resilience, motivation and passion which such a wide range of business individuals and entrepreneurs demonstrate across our city every day.”

“I would urge every business in the Bangor area to consider the many categories available to enter this year and ensure they make their official submissions before the closing date of Tuesday,  September 12, to be in with a chance to win. The awards are free to enter, and the submissions can be made through our website “.