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Holywood Chamber of Commerce plays an active role in both the economic and social life of the town.

Since 1997 Holywood Chamber has worked closely with Bangor & Holywood Town Centre Management to lobby local agencies and government bodies on a wide range of issues, including traffic flow and car parking improvements and encouraging inward investment.

Holywood Chamber of Commerce also has representatives from the following local organisations on its Board including: Holywood Residents Association, Holywood District & Community Council and Holywood Transition Town.

Latest News

  • CHRISTMAS IN HOLYWOOD

     

     

    Festive and Fun in Holywood

    This year's Christmas festivities get underway on Saturday 28th November, when the town's Christmas lights will be switched on by the Mayor. The switch on takes place at 4.30pm, outside the library, but the fun starts at 11am.

    Featuring a Christmas Market, the Open House choir, a synthetic ice-rink, a visit from Santa, a giant snowman, activities in the library and street theatre, the event promises to be a great day out for the whole family. 

    Holywood Library Programme:

    ·         12noon - “Magic George” - Magic Show 

    ·         1pm-2pm - Reptile Show 

    ·         2pm-3pm - For the Ladies 60 Minute “Beauty Make-over" by Lacey Spa, Shore Road, Holywood 

    ·         Afternoon Christmas Treats Compliments of Tesco, Knocknagoney

    ·         Photographic Exhibition - Holywood in 1900’s  

     

     

    CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME FOR HOLYWOOD

     

     

    Holywood Christmas Lights Switch On: Saturday 28 November

    Town Centre 4.30pm. Entertainment 11am-6pm. A festive day out featuring a Christmas market, the Open House Choir and a pop up ice rink.

     

    Joy, Laughter & Cheer in Holywood: Saturday 5th, 12th & 19th December

    Festive family events, street entertainment & special in-store promotions. Includes Santa and his elves walkabouts, a grotto, balloon modelling, face painting & Ulster Youth Orchestra quartet.

     

    Borough Bus Tours: Saturday 5 December 10am - 5pm                                                                                                             

    Experience Christmas across the Borough courtesy of a FREE hop on and off in the town(s) of your choice as the bus travels between Holywood, Bangor, Newtownards, Comber and Donaghadee.

     

    The Big Red Bus comes to Holywood: Saturday 12 December

    Johnny The Jig Playpark, Holywood 1.30pm - 4.30pm. Hop aboard to make your letter for Santa or relax and enjoy some festive treats.

     

     

    FOR FULL DETAILS, GO TO: www.visitardsandnorthdown.com

     

     

     

  • New Name

    After a lot of debate and public consultation, the name for the new super council area of North Down and Ards is ... Ards and North Down. 

  • Holywood Festive Window Competition Winners

    The joint winners of the 2014 Holywood Festive Window Competition, organised by the Chamber and sponsored by North Down Borough Council, are The Yard Gallery and Homebird Café.  Over 55 festive displays were judged by the Mayor and Chamber President and the winners were announced at last Saturday’s Christmas Lights Switch On.   

    David Menary, President of Holywood Chamber of Commerce said, “We’re delighted that Holywood town centre is looking its’ beautiful best this festive season.  We have to make our town centres as appealing as possible to visitors and shoppers, especially when there are offers elsewhere.  We trust that shoppers see for themselves these visual treats and the pride and effort we have in all our businesses that collectively make Holywood the success it is.  We very much appreciate the support that NDBC has provided us for this initiative.”

    Christine Mahon, Director of Development Services, commented, “North Down Borough Council is pleased to assist local businesses in this way and sees this joint initiative as a positive way to promote local trade in preparation for a great Christmas in Holywood.” 

    Holywood Chamber of Commerce has made £50 donations to the following charities: Helping Hand (Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children) and NI Cancer Fund for Children on the recommendation of the competition winners.

  • The 2014 North Down Business Awards

    Here's the full list of winners at the 2014 North Down Business Awards, congratulations to all the winners and finalists, it was good to meet you at the awards dinner.

    Customer Service - Multiple Retailer:  Goldsmiths

    Investment in Health: Denman International

    Customer Service/Independent Retailer: David Mawhinney & Sons Butcher & Deli, Bangor

    Best New Business - Joint Winners: Eva Paris / Macarons & Jyrobike Ltd, Holywood

    Best Coffee Shop: Camphill Holywood 

    Professional Business Services - Joint Winners: Little Bears Day Nursery, Bangor / Stamp Promotions, Holywood

    Best Tourism Event or Activity Award: F18 World Championships at Ballyholme Yacht Club 

    Business Development (Under 10 employees): Basketsgalore

    Business Development (Over 10 employees): The Signature Works

    Most Progressive Licensee: The Jamaica Inn

    Customer Service/Holistic Therapies: Omeya Day Spa

    Community Involvement: Barbara White, Oxfam Holywood 

    Best Business Website: Excel Clothing

    Best Eatery: Corin

    Outstanding Young (<25) Business person: Ryan Lee, Yellowdog Grooming

    Best Company to Work For: mplContact, Holywood

    Best Creative Business: I Do Wedding

    Commitment to Holywood Business Community: Coast Restaurant

    Commitment to Bangor Business Community: David Mawhinney & Sons Butcher & Deli

     



     

  • TinyLife

     

    Holywood Chamber of Commerce raised £550 for TinyLife at a recent charity lunch at Royal Belfast Golf Club.  Our guest speaker was Professor Jim Dornan, President of TinyLife and our own new President David Menary, BTW Shiells and the Mayor of North Down, Cllr Andrew Muir, joined us at one of his last engagements of his year in office.

    Other guests at the lunch included: proParamedics, John Minnis Estate Agents, Calvert Office Equipment Ltd, Lacuna Developments, Richmond Nursing Home, Enlighten IC, John Gray Funeral Directors, Bangor & Holywood Town Centres Ltd, Omeya Day Spa, First Trust Bank, Rodgers & Browne and the Royal College of Nursing.  We were also pleased to welcome Leigh Nelson and Stuart Kennedy from Newtownards Chamber of Trade.


     

Our Mission

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“Holywood Chamber of Commerce professionally promotes all the business, civic and cultural interests of Holywood, whilst working closely with all relevant statutory and voluntary agencies to the advancement and positive promotion of the town of Holywood and the surrounding area.

  • Encourage both the growth of existing activities and the development of new ones
  • Support developments and activities that are beneficial to Holywood whilst resisting those that might be detrimental
  • Encourage the development of surrounding businesses
  • Cultivate partnerships with neighbouring communities
  • Promote Holywood and the welfare of its business community in all appropriate ways”

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