Ahead of the entry deadline next Friday, February 11, the minister said the awards championed the qualities that businesses need to help Northern Ireland on the path to economic recovery.
The awards, which are run in association with British Midland International (bmi), will be judged across 11 categories.
The glittering ceremony will take place in the Ramada Hotel at Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast, on Thursday, April 7. The minister said: “The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards provide an opportunity to recognise, reward and celebrate success across all aspects of business excellence in Northern Ireland.
“Tough global economic conditions have presented significant challenges but many within the local business community are showing incredible tenacity and have great stories to tell.
“It is this type of spirit which will help us on the path to economic recovery.
“I would urge teams and individuals from all sectors and sizes of business to shine a light on their achievements by entering.”
Brenda Morgan, bmi sales manager Ireland, and Ann McGregor, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Trade and Commerce, are among the judges.
Ms Morgan said: “Bmi's support of the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards, Northern Ireland's leading business awards, continues to be an excellent platform to demonstrate our interest in and commitment to the Northern Ireland business community.
“We recognise that many businesses are operating under very difficult market conditions at the moment.
“However, the Northern Ireland business community has many resilient and enterprising businesses, reflected in the quality and very high standard of entries received each year.
Arlene Foster, with Brenda Morgan, Ireland sales manager for bmi and Ann McGregor of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce
How to enter
You can get your entry form and read a full list of the rationale, criteria, rules and conditions by downloading the
PDF file below.
All entries must be received by noon on Friday February 11. For sponsorship, inquiries or for tickets, telephone Andrea Clements at JPR on 028 9076 0066 or email
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