It was a hotly anticipated evening, attended by over 100 shortlisted businesses, their staff, proud family members and local dignitaries where the winners of the Belfast Business Awards 2019 were announced. Held at the prestigious Titanic Belfast, the awards, which are organised by Belfast Chamber and supported by principal sponsor Bank of Ireland UK have become synonymous with recognising excellence, celebrating and rewarding exceptional achievements across a range of industries in Northern Ireland.
The 21 top businesses who scooped a highly coveted award, showcase the strength and depth of Belfast Business talent, diversity and competitiveness. Now in their fifth year, the awards recognised a plethora of industries, talent and teams.
Cinemagic Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings, MBE, commented “Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young people is thrilled to have won the Belfast Business Award for Best Creative Business sponsored by Destination CQ. Thank you to all of those involved in selecting Cinemagic as the winner and heartfelt thanks to all of our fantastic young participants, partners, supporters, staff and patrons who have undoubtedly contributed to this achievement. It’s an honour to receive this prestigious award especially in the year that we celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Cinemagic is an innovative and forward-thinking company and we thrive on creating new and unique opportunities for young people to help develop their skills and broaden their horizons through the medium of film and television.”
The judges comments about Cinemagic as the winner read “A very competitive category. The winner’s enthusiasm and passion was a clear delight to see at the interview. A unique business, simple in its concept yet global in its reach. Impressive business outreach and persuasive leadership all go towards making this a fabulous brand and an inspiringly creative business in Belfast (and beyond!)”
Paul McClurg, Head of Belfast Business at Banking at Bank of Ireland UK commented “Bank of Ireland is extremely proud to partner for a fifth consecutive year as principal sponsor of The Belfast Business Awards. Having been involved from its inauguration we’ve witnessed first hand the important role these awards play in building confidence and showcasing Belfast as a vibrant commercial city, a destination for business. Belfast has once again done itself proud and at Bank of Ireland , we are passionate and committed to enabling businesses, customers and communities to thrive, as together we continue to grow. The Belfast Business Awards is a perfect platform for Belfast businesses to springboard forward in showcasing their staff, talent, expertise, creativity, commercial prowess and to reflect and celebrate on their endeavours.Congratulations to all of this year’s participants, we have been completely blown away by the sheer talent, quality and level of business ambition demonstrated. I would especially like to congratulate each and every one of the terrific and inspirational companies and people who have taken home awards tonight. They have raised the bar again this year and we look forward to their continued success”.
Rajesh Rana, President of Belfast Chamber commented “Last night demonstrated what a truly exceptional place Belfast is to work, do business in and to share our successes. This city is becoming truly a regional powerhouse – each of the winners really showcased the unbelievable talent we have in our country – many of these businesses are trading on a global scale and employing hundreds of people. As Chamber President it gives me great pleasure and an immense feeling of pride that we as a Chamber have given the winners this stage to showcase their talents. I would like to congratulate each of the winners and entrants, even to be shortlisted is such a fantastic achievement.”
The 30th Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People takes place in Belfast from 1st-30th October 2019.