Ulster Bank today officially launches its prestigious Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, which include awards for Ulster companies, followed by an all-island final.
Run in association with InvestNI, IntertradeIreland and the Belfast Telegraph, the awards seek to celebrate the achievements of local companies across a wide range of sectors. Companies can submit their entries for up to two of the eight categories.
Previous Northern Ireland winners at an all-island level include Avondale Foods, Mash Direct, and BubbleBum. Last year Almac was named the Overall Business Achiever.
Entries will be welcomed for this year’s awards from SME’s across all sectors and must be received by Friday 25 September. Companies can enter in any two of the following categories:
- Business Start Up Award
- Small Business Award
- Established SME Award
- International Business Award
- Woman Led Business Award
- Food & Drink Award
- Social Enterprise Award
- Agri-Business Award
Judges in the two-tiered competition will recognise successes in the Ulster provincial stage before inviting these winners to compete at an all-island awards ceremony. Taking place in December, this event will crown all-island category winners as the overall Ulster Bank Business Achiever for 2015.
This year’s overall winner will walk away with a comprehensive prize package including a €50,000 (around £35,000) publishing bursary with the Belfast Telegraph, business mentoring, and a full-service communications workshop, plus media exposure.
Richard Dornan of Ulster Bank said: “The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards give us the opportunity to celebrate the many accomplishments of our local SME’s and we are delighted to do so”.
“Winning an Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award brings many benefits, including positive publicity, the opportunity to network with other top businesses, and a great boost for staff morale. I very much look forward to seeing this year’s entries and to congratulating the winners,” Mr Donnan adds.
When looking for a winner, judges will be reviewing a variety of merits including financial performance, company milestones, future strategy for business people and the business, and development of innovative products and services.
Follow @ulsterbank and #BusinessAchievers to keep up to date with all of the action throughout the 2015 awards.