Big Business Awards for Little Acorns Booksore in Derry
Little Acorns bookstore, owned by local woman Jenni Doherty, won the award-winning overall award for Business/Entrepreneur of the Year.
The business was founded in 2010, growing out of a small market stall in which Jenni had 100 pounds. Now based on Foyle Street, the shop stocks over 45,000 books, offering a mix of best-selling authors and works by upcoming local writers.
During the ceremony, a note was read by Derry Girls writer Lisa McGee explaining why the bookstore deserved the prestigious title. She said, “In our industry, reading books is not only our love and joy, but also crucial to us as film and television makers. Creative writers inspire each other and spark our imaginations. Most successful movies come from books, and the existence of independent bookstores keeps literature alive and the lifeblood of communities.
“Personally, I am delighted that this company is receiving the recognition it deserves. Not just for the company itself, but for others working in the arts, it gives them all recognition that they can be a vital part of our economy and tourism.
“Without places like this, many would not have the opportunity or the confidence to create and inspire and it is a catalyst for successful film and television programs that can promote our city and boost its economy, thus providing the space to accommodate all the greats in the world of art literature and at the same time support our great local and upcoming writers is something that I believe deserves to be rewarded and nurtured. My sincere congratulations.
Little Acorns owner Jenni Doherty said she was both shocked and delighted to receive the award. She said: “I am still in total shock! Not often am I speechless but I was totally blown away. Winning Business/Entrepreneur of the Year at the North West Business Awards and receiving such lovely words from Lisa McGee of Derry Girls, our Mayor and the organizers was just amazing.
“A big thank you to the brilliant organizers City Center Initiative and the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, to all the generous sponsors and Derry City and Strabane District Council, to all the talented and inspiring category nominees and winners, to all the judges and to the City Hotel Derry for such a magnificent setting.
“To my most valued family, friends and co-workers; everyone who reads books, creates magic and visits our corner. Your loyalty, your encouragement, your humor, your friendship and your love are everything. And in no better industry or city to be. This is for you and my dear parents. Dreams can come true – follow them! Thank you from the heart.”
Jim Roddy, City Center Initiative and Anna Doherty, Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, who organize the awards in partnership, added: “Congratulations to Jenni and everyone at Little Acorns Bookstore for winning the NW Business of the Year award. We have been overwhelmed with the level of entries this year for all of our awards and it was refreshing to see a good variety of nominations this year.
“These awards celebrate the achievements of local businesses across the North West and we are very proud to have the Little Acorns Bookstore in our downtown core.
“Things such as their participation and encouragement in community, charity and Council events, the commitment to educating and supporting our younger and older generations and the dedication to providing services that have enabled most of between us going through the recent pandemic has not gone unnoticed.
“Our judges looked for a demonstration of business growth, innovative approaches, long-term planning and an ability to provide flexible approaches in dynamic market conditions, all of which we found in Jenni and her company. . She started this business by following her dreams, competing with the biggest online giants in the industry and did it with detailed planning and considering our local market, the needs of her customers and the place. businesses in the community.
“Everyone I know who has visited this business said they left feeling like they had made a new friend. Over the years it has hosted writers, actors, directors, broadcasters, musicians, comedians, illustrators, singers, journalists and politicians.
“A strong commitment and desire to succeed in growing are key ingredients for any business to thrive. With the uncertainties of recent years with the impacts of Brexit and the Covid pandemic, it has been refreshing to see Little Acorns Bookstore go Moving forward Businesses like Little Acorns Bookstore are an inspiration to all of us in the local business community and I again want to congratulate Jenni and her staff on their success.
The winners of the 2022 Northwest Business Awards are:
Young Businessman of the Year – Ben Sayers, Bearney Nurseries
NW Pub of the Year – Le Grand Central Bar
NW Restaurant of the Year – Best Western Plus White Horse Hotel
NW Retailer of the Year Award – Ferry Clever
NW Hotel of the Year – Best Western Plus White Horse Hotel
NW Creative Industries Company of the Year – In Your Space Circus
Northwest Economy Contribution Award – Enterprise North West
Visit Derry Ambassador Awards – IASP Ambassadors: Siobhan O’Neill, Rory O’Connor and Barry McGale
NW Innovation Excellence Award – JACE Medical
NW Green Company of the Year – Ethical Weigh-in
Best Use of Marketing, Digital or Social Media – Ferry Clever
NW Food Hero – Hidden City Cafe
NW Business Hero – John Harkin, Alchemy Technology Services
NW Small Business of the Year – Find Insurance NI
NW Large Company of the Year – FinTrU
Global NW Business or Entrepreneur of Year – Little Acorns Bookstore
Congratulating the winners, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Councilor Sandra Duffy said: ‘I would like to extend my congratulations to everyone who has been shortlisted for the North West Business Awards and to everyone who received awards tonight. These businesses play an extremely important role in stimulating the local economy and adding to the diversity of exciting products and services available here in the Northwest. They are a source of inspiration for anyone entering the business world. These are exciting times for Derry and Strabane, with our ongoing City Deal plans and the opportunities this will bring both to local businesses and those who choose to invest in our skilled and talented people.