The best and brightest in local business were celebrated at the inaugural Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Business Awards.

The gala black tie event on Thursday night at Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre was attended by 250 business, industry and local council representatives, with the 16 award winners representing all corners of the Borough.

Among those to be recognised were CPS Property, Homecare Independent Living, Happy Hills Day Nursery, Donaghy's Shoes, Alana Interiors, The Jethro Centre, Sinton's at the Bridge and Newforge House..

Newly appointed Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Gareth Wilson, extended heartfelt congratulations to all the winners. 

"These awards have brought our business expertise, entrepreneurial spirit and our commitment to succeed to the forefront of the corporate community far beyond the borough."

Council chief executive Roger Wilson added:

“The new ABC Business Awards have provided an unrivalled opportunity to showcase this borough's exciting and energetic business community. As a council, we are committed to developing the economy and attracting inward investment, and this event raises our area's profile on an international stage as we celebrate regionally and globally significant local businesses."

The business awards are a major first for the ABC Borough Council as it reflects the diverse local and regional businesses firmly located in the engine room of Northern Ireland's economy, from the well-established to start ups, family owned and operated to corporate multinationals.

CPS Property where annouced the winner of "Excellence in Customer Service Non-Retail Award" in a tough category which involved a number of local successful companys. 

The MD of CPS, Art O'Hagan had this to say: 

We are delighted to have just been awarded the "Excellence in Customer Service Non-Retail Award" at the 2017 ABC Awards, it is a turely an honour to be recognised amongst some of the most sucessful business in the council and globally. We always strive to put the customer first and we are indebted to our loyal customer base for supporting us continuiously.