Greater Newry Area Celebrates Success

A confident Newry business community celebrated the success of local business at this year’s Greater Newry Area Business Awards, in the city’s Canal Court Hotel & Spa.

The glittering awards ceremony, organised by the Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade and sponsored by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Shelbourne Motors, was attended by 500 local business people from across the Greater Newry Area.

Speaking at the Awards, Paul Convery, President of Newry Chamber said:

“The Greater Newry Area Business Awards have grown from when they first started in the early 2000s to be the highlight of the local business calendar. From that early beginning, the awards are now a shop window for the district’s business to showcase their talent and broadcast all that is good about our region.”

“The Chamber received 250 high quality award applications from the many successful, ambitious and talented businesses who are the real driving force behind our local economy. 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.”

“Twenty-seven individual awards were made on the night, with the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Greater Newry Area going to Michael Blaney, former Managing Director of Autoline Insurance. In his 21 successful years with the company, turnover increased from £2m to £55m, 200 jobs were created and the group made a significant contribution to local charities and community organisations.”

“Best Businessman was awarded to Shaun Copas of COPAS Technologies Ltd in Kilkeel, with the Best Businesswoman award going to Jackie Reid from Deli-Lites Ireland. Conor Cole from Cole Groundwork Contracts was awarded Best Young Entrepreneur for 2019.”

Congratulating all the winners, Paul Convery 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 250 companies that entered and congratulations to the winners.”


1. Best Social Enterprise

Winner: W.B.R Credit Union Ltd, Warrenpoint

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

2. Best Bar

Winner: The Bank Bar & Bistro, Newry

Sponsored by: Q Radio

3. Best Green Business

Winner: ABP Food Group

Sponsored by: Canal Court Hotel & Spa

4. Best Tourism & Hospitality Business

Winner: Montalto Estate

Sponsored by: Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

5. Best Use of Social Media

Winner: Zen Orthodontics & Rejuvenation Clinic

Sponsored by: Brilliant Red Digital

6. Best Customer Service (Multiple Retailer)

Winner: Specsavers, Newry

Sponsored by: The Quays Shopping Centre

7. Best Marketing Initiative

Winner: Southern Regional College

Sponsored by: The Newry Democrat

8. Best Innovative Business

Winner: Exact CNC NI Ltd

Sponsored by: First Derivatives plc

9. Best Export Business

Winner: Deli-Lites Ireland

Sponsored by: Norbrook Laboratories

10. Best Manufacturing & Engineering Business

Winner: COPAS Technologies Ltd

Sponsored by: Collins Aerospace

11. Best Young Entrepreneur

Winner: Conor Cole – Cole Groundwork Contracts.

Sponsored by: O’Hare & McGovern

12. Best New Business

Winner: Granite Exchange

Sponsored by: Damolly Developments

13. Best Customer Service (Independent Retailer)

Winner: Cherrypic

Sponsored by: Newry BID.

14. Best Place to Eat (Best Restaurant & Bistro)

Winner: The Whistledown Hotel

Sponsored by: Autoline Insurance Group

15. Best Place to Eat (Best Café & Takeaway)

Winner: Synge & Byrne, Slieve Gullion

Sponsored by: Autoline Insurance Group

16. Chef of the Future

Winner: Jason McClory – Courtney’s Steakhouse.

Sponsored by: Henderson Foodservice

17. Best Kept Business

Winner: The Galley Restaurant & Takeaway, Annalong.

Sponsored by: The Newry Reporter

18. Best Beauty, Health & Wellbeing Business

Winner: Newry Foot Clinic & Seraphic Holistic Therapies

Sponsored by: Jack Murphy Jewellers

19. Best Place to Work

Winner: MJM Group

Sponsored by: The Irish News

20. Best Professional Services Business

Winner: Autoline Insurance Group

Sponsored by: Bank of Ireland UK

21. Best Small Business

Winner: The Hub Newry

Sponsored by: Translink

22. Best Business Growth

Winner: McAllister Group

Sponsored by: Southern Regional College

23. Best Family Business

Winner: Clanrye Lighting & Electrical Supplies

Sponsored by: First Trust Bank

24. Best Business in the Community

Winner: Warrenpoint Port

Sponsored by: Newry Credit Union Ltd

25. Best Businesswoman

Winner: Jackie Reid – Deli-Lites Ireland

Sponsored by: Younique Aesthetics

26. Best Businessman

Winner: Shaun Copas – COPAS Technologies Ltd

Sponsored by: Younique Aesthetics

27. Outstanding Contribution to the Greater Newry Area

Winner: Michael Blaney MD – Ashtree Financial Services.

Sponsored by: Buttercrane Shopping Centre