A number of Ballymoney businesses have been nominated for awards at the 2nd Independent Retail Awards to be held in Belfast.
The black tie awards ceremony will take place on August 22nd at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and was set up to recognise local retails and their contribution to their communities through out Northern Ireland.
On the ‘Indie Retail’ website they say that,
For every £1 spent with a local, independent business, between 50p-70p circulates back into that local economy. Shopping online or in corporate, out of town retailers only generates around 5p back into the local community.Indie Retail
The ceremony recognises several categories of Independent Retailers, of which a number of local Ballymoney run or based businesses have been nominated.
Bella Mia Boutique, which is based on Church Street, has been nominated in two categories. Firstly in Fashion/Accessory Retailer of the Year and also in Independent Jewellery Shop of the year.
John Lavertys opticians has received a nomination in Optician of the Year under their Coleraine branch, but they also have businesses in Ballymoney and Garvagh.
Lastly in the Soft Furniture Supplier of the Year categories, Heart & Home, have been nominated. Heart & Homes‘ main store is in Coleraine, but Ballymoney also boast a large branch of the Business.