Business, community and local authority representatives have given their support to the awards, which are being staged by the Carrick Times and aim to recognise the talent, entrepreneurship and excellence that exists across the full range of business and commerce in the area.
There was a fantastic turnout at the official launch of the awards at Carrick Town Hall and if the enthusiasm shown on that occasion is anything to go by then the actual awards campaign itself should present a superb platform to highlight the many reasons why Carrick is a great place to do business.
Speaking at the launch, Carrick Times content editor, Des Blackadder, extended his thanks to all the sponsors of the various categories and in particular to primary sponsors, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, and associate sponsors, Carrickfergus Enterprise.
The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr. Audrey Wales MBE, said that Council was delighted to be associated with the campaign which will embrace Carrickfergus town, Greenisland and Whitehead areas.
There are 13 categories in the awards covering all aspects of business and industry with the opportunity to enter up to two categories.
Anyone can make a nomination/enter regardless of whether they are an owner, employee or satisfied customer.
By entering, businesses will not only have the opportunity to gain recognition and publicity for their achievements but also the chance to boost staff morale, company image and customer confidence.
The judging process will be carried out by an independent judging panel with some categories also going to a reader vote via the Carrick Times.
The Carrickfergus Business Awards 2017 ceremony will take place at a black tie dinner on Thursday April 27 at the Belfast Loughshore Hotel when the winner of each category will be announced and presented with their award.
The closing date for receipt of completed entries is Friday 24th March.