BBC weatherman Barra Best helped make it a bright night last night at the North West Business Awards.
Barra took time away from his weather charts to help host the prestigious event at Derry’s City Hotel.
Over 300 people from across the North West attended the event which was organised by the Chamber of Commerce and City Centre Initiative.
Chamber President Jennifer McKeever said: “This year has provided a particularly challenging environment – with much uncertainty and discontent in our economic and political landscape.
“But our businesses, right across the North West, have demonstrated great resilience and optimism, and have contuned to grow, innovate, and leader their businesses and industries.”.
Included among last night’s winners were:
NW Pub of the Year – Peadar O’Donnell’s
NW Restaurant of the Year – Walled City Brewery
NW Guest Accommodation Provider of the Year – Everglades Hotel
Outstanding Contribution to Arts & Culture – In Your Space Circus
Best Tourism Event or Initiative – Derry/Strabane Council: Slow Food Festival
Excellence in Innovation – Lacpatrick Dairies
NW Creative Industries Business of the Year – [two winners] Blockception and Gradon Architecture
NW Craft Industry of the Year – Banba
Growth Through Export – Lacpatrick Dairies
Best Use of Digital or Social Media – St Mary’s College
NW Retailer of the Year – JKC Specialist Cars
Professional Services of the Year Award – MPA Recruitment
Hair & Beauty Business of the Year – Bareknuckle Barbershop
Visit Derry Conference of the Year – The Irish Cardiac 68th Annual Conference: Dr Albert McNeill & Prof Aaron Peace
Ulster University MBA Business Award – Shelly McCaughey: Fultus
Business Hero of the Year – Mary McKenna
NW Entrepreneur of the Year – Kevin Daly
NW Business of the Year – O’Neill’s Sportswear