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LCN 2017 – Award Sponsors

LCN 2017 – Award Sponsors

The Licensed & Catering News Awards are sponsored by the following businesses and organisations:

LinenCare – Overall Sponsor of the LCN Awards

Linencare is now one of Ireland’s largest Linen supply companies. The fact they are a service business is the most important. Unusually for a hotel and restaurant laundry service company, most of their staff are long term and in some cases second generation. They are based in a village which gives them a very loyal workforce.

Working around the clock with your linen laundry so you don’t have to. Instead of the comfortable 9-5, their offices are made available when you need them the most. They know your workflow and your busy hours so they can look after you.

LinenCare | Linen Rental Services, Hotel Linen Laundry

Free up staff hours: Your payroll is for serving guests, not for running a laundry room. We do your hotel linen laundry at a lower cost and much more efficient. Laundry room problems are gone.

Tourism NI – Official LCN Awards Partner tourism NI logo

Tourism Northern Ireland (Tourism NI) is responsible for the development of tourism and the marketing of Northern Ireland as a tourist destination to domestic tourists, from within Northern Ireland, and to visitors from the Republic of Ireland. We are a non-departmental public body of the Department for the Economy and we work closely with other tourism bodies to help develop the visitor economy here and to market Northern Ireland to incoming visitors

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Tourism NI is responsible for the development of tourism and the marketing of Northern Ireland as a tourist destination to domestic tourists, from within Northern Ireland and to visitors from the Republic of Ireland

Hugh Jordan

Hugh Jordan & Co has been one of Ireland’s largest independent catering suppliers since 1947, specialising in crockery, cutlery, glassware, barware, kitchenware, hospitality, dining room, disposables, food packaging, equipment, hygiene and furniture.

They are the one-stop shop for all your catering needs.. Their success is down to three simple, popular yet essential factors in any business; Service Innovation and Value! Where other businesses let you down, Hugh Jordan will strive to give you the best quality of service through its sales representatives and support staff.

They pride themselves in providing the best customer experience and the highest quality of service possible. Its expert sales team always enjoys a challenge and is on-hand to offer unbeatable knowledge and advice.

Sponsoring: 2017 Hotel of the Year (over 75 rooms)


Catering Equipment & Catering Supplies Ireland – Hugh Jordan

Hugh Jordan are Ireland’s largest independent catering suppliers supplying top quality catering supplies and equipment at competitive prices.


Lynas Foodservice

Since its humble beginnings nearly 70 years ago when the company was founded by Bobby Lynas, Lynas Foodservice has been dedicated to service.

The aim is simple, to serve the customer with the best product and the best service possible. That vision has seen the firm evolve into the largest family-operated foodservice company in Ireland.

The team of more than 420 staff is passionate about delivering more in everything it does, be that more service, more choice or more quality.

Lynas Foodservice, through three generations of the Lynas family, now has more than 5,000 customers, offering them more than 5,500 products. An all-Ireland company, it offers its customer all their frozen, chilled, ambient and non-food orders on one invoice with one delivery.

Sponsoring: 2017 Restaurant of the Year

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RiverRidge Recycling has seen tremendous change over the past 10 years. Initially purely a landfill business, recent investment has seen the company develop into a state of the art waste recycling operation.

Its values are:

To treat the environment in which we live and operate and the business in a sensitive and environmentally sustainable manner.

To look upon the community in and around the business as genuine stakeholders and therefore, to be conscious of their concerns and needs.

To constantly strive towards zero landfill and the most efficient and sustainable use of waste, and

To provide customers with a superior level of service and value when providing waste management solutions

Sponsoring: 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

RiverRidge – Rethinking Resources

Northern Ireland’s largest and most diversified independent waste management company. We are determined to change the way waste is managed forever.


Established in 1983 on the basic principle of high quality catering equipment affordably priced. Today Nisbets products cover everything from refrigeration to pastry, cooking machines to knives, and everything in between.

At Nisbets, they understand the pressures of a commercial kitchen and making your life easier is at the heart of what they do; Order before 8pm for next day delivery, plus order by 3pm Sunday for Monday delivery !

Their head office is based in Bristol, with offices in Ireland, Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain and Australia. Plus our export division ships to over 100 countries worldwide (wherever you are, its never too far!)

They are constantly growing and put their success down to:

  • Low Prices; They are committed to supplying catering equipment to all customers at a low price. If you find a lower published price on the same terms, they will beat it by 5%.
  • Customer Service; They handle thousands of orders every day, and their specialist teams have been trained to give every call and order the attention customers deserve. They listen to our customers and continually strive to improve.
  • Next Day Delivery; They pride ourselves on next day delivery which is free in many cases.
  • Huge Product Range; They stock over 20,000 products in order to fulfil our customers’ needs.

Sponsoring: 2017 Cafe / Bistro Of The Year

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BIG SAVINGS on big brand catering products. With Nisbets Price Promise Guarantee, why go anywhere else? Catering Equipment Made Simple.


Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol. We provide consumers with choice and quality across categories and price points.

Diageo has built a strong platform for growth through investing in our brands and route to consumer. Over the last five years they have made acquisitions in brands and local distribution while doubling the size of our luxury business. They have also made changes to our operating model and culture aligning Diageo behind the need for greater agility and responsiveness, creating a business that is closer to the consumer.

Their 21 market model has established strong local business units, well positioned to win in increasingly competitive and fast paced operating environments.

Sponsoring: 2017 Style Bar Of The Year


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Q Radio always has something to say and better music to play. The station loves to hear from its listeners, so tune in for better music, all the local news, sport and traffic and travel.  You’re guaranteed a laugh in the morning and the well-deserved wind down in the evening. The station is getting bigger and better all the time and it’s delighted to bring you along for the ride.

Tune in for better music from the 80s, 90s and 00s and the best of today brought to you by Northern Ireland’s favorite radio presenters. The team of presenters are experts at talking, selfie-taking, fun-making, mickey-taking and playing great music!

They’re a local, friendly, genuine bunch and love hearing from listeners.  They’re all about more laughs, more music and more winning.  Tune in, click like and follow for your chance to win some fantastic prizes!

Sponsoring: 2017 Community Bar Of The Year Award

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Northern Ireland’s Number 1 for Better Music


Bushmills Irish Whiskey is crafted in small batches at the Old Bushmills Distillery in the village of Bushmills, Country Antrim, Northern Ireland, and is one of the first distilleries in the world to make both single malt and blended Irish whiskey.

The Old Bushmills Distillery is Ireland’s oldest working distillery – using only 100% malted barley and distilled in traditional Irish Copper Pot Stills. This is at the heart of all Bushmills Irish Whiskeys and creates a unique combination of smoothness and richness. With over 400 years of whiskey making hertiage, Bushmills Irish Whiskey has never compromised on quality to create its signature smooth taste and famous house style. Each stage of the whiskey making process involved skills that have been handed down over centuries.

Sponsoring: 2017 Bar Person of the Year

Alchemy Hospitality

Alchemy Hospitality has been a leading provider of specialist hospitality support staff in Northern Ireland for over a decade. Its team of consultants, with a combined 30 years of experience working within the industry, are innately aware of the needs of businesses within this specialist sector.

Working very closely with its clients, it offers a speedy, effective and reliable temporary support and permanent recruitment service at a competitive price. Alchemy will use its expertise in this area to ensure that it selects only the most suitably experienced candidates for any temporary or permanent role and that it keeps you informed of the process at all times. Its aim is to be both approachable and affordable.

Sponsoring: 2017 Hotel Manager of the Year

O’Reilly Stewart Solictors

O’Reilly Stewart Solicitors in Belfast is a leading licensing firm, representing many of the biggest names in the tourism sector including hotel chains, public houses, universities, restaurants, off licences, guest houses, registered clubs and bookmakers.

O’Reilly Stewart also advises the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation with lead Partner, Linus Murray recognised as one of the foremost licensing practitioners in Northern Ireland.  

Areas of expertise include:

  • Liquor licensing applications (hotels, public houses, universities, restaurants, off-licences)
  • Acquisition, disposal of licensed premises to include transfer of liquor licences
  • Liquor licence renewals
  • Conference centre licences
  • Objections to licensing applications
  • Entertainment licences
  • Bookmakers’ licences and bookmaking office licences
  • Tourism law

Sponsoring: 2017 Newcomer Of The Year Award


McWhinneys Sausages is a traditional family business spanning six generations. Today, Kevin McWhinney takes pride in producing quality Irish pork sausages with the same care and tradition first adopted by his great great grandfather way back in 1898. For those six generations, the recipes for McWhinneys fine pork sausages have been a closely guarded family secret.

Thanks to his sophisticated plant, he can produce millions of sausages every month without compromising on his 19th century family heritage and today, McWhinneys Sausages are enjoyed not just in the UK and Ireland but throughout the world in countries such as France, Canada, Turkey and Spain.

Sponsoring:  2017 Fish & Chip Shop Of The Year



The 2017 Pub Food of the Year Sponsor:

Calor Gas

The leading supplier and distributor of LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) in Ireland, allowing customers who are located off the natural gas grid use LPG gas for power in their homes and businesses. Their company is expert in LPG procurement and commissioning, bulk gas storage, cylinder filling and storage, LPG transport and delivery, installation and maintenance.

They also actively develop and innovate new LPG powered products such as our Calor Mini-BBQ and new lightweight cylinder.

Calor employ 284 staff in 6 sites located throughout the island of Ireland serving circa 50,000 customers across residential and industrial commercial sectors. Calor’s turnover in 2014 was €133 million.

FEB – Chartered Accountants

Are you looking for an innovative firm of accountants who can help you improve the performance and profitability of your business? Then look no further.

At FEB, they believe your accountant should do a lot more than just report on how your business is doing – he or she should help you identify opportunities to improve your bottom line and support you in trying to realise them.

Their watchword is ‘commitment’. They take their clients’ interests to heart and strive to be proactive recommending value added solutions. Of course they can take care of all your routine bookkeeping, accounting, auditing, and company secretarial requirements, thereby freeing up valuable time and resources for you to apply to running your business; but they also go the extra mile.

Sponsoring: The Best use of Social Media Award

Accountants in Belfast : Flannigan Edmonds Bannon


Musgrave Marketplace

Musgrave Marketplace has over 10,000 lines at wholesale value, available to all businesses no matter what your size! Their ranges cover all your business needs, from cleaning, breaktime and office, to a large selection of fresh and frozen products great for entertaining.

Sponsoring: Outstanding Customer Service Award

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Musgrave is Ireland’s leading retail and food service wholesaler. With cash and carry branches across Ireland, Musgrave are the first for value, first for choice and first for service.

The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

The Kraken Rum is an imported rum from the Caribbean blended with secret spices. Named for the sea beast of myth and legend, The KRAKEN RUM is strong, rich, black and smooth.

Sponsoring: Mixologist of the Year 

The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

Named for a sea beast of myth and legend, the Kraken Rum is strong, rich black and smooth. Release the Kraken!