Belfast Telegraph Business Awards gives British Airways the perfect chance to recognise excellence - entry form and full details
Today we are proud to launch the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with British Airways, ahead of a glittering awards ceremony on April 21
The Belfast Telegraph is delighted to launch the 2016 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with British Airways. We are honoured that British Airways is lending its invaluable support as our overall sponsor for the awards, for the fourth year in a row.
It's always an honour to give our companies the opportunity to shout about achievements which often go unpublicised.
And this year, in recognition of the importance of the Year of Food and Drink 2016, we've introduced a new category to our list: Outstanding Contribution to the Tourism and/or the Hospitality Industry (see panel).
There are, of course, many big name companies out there whose achievements we enjoy hearing about - and who we look forward to hearing from between now and
Our closing date is March 18, ahead of the awards ceremony on April 21.
But the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards is also a great platform for companies which aren't often in the headlines but are diligently achieving great things at home and abroad.
Brenda Morgan, who is British Airways' partnership manager for Northern Ireland, said: "British Airways has a long-standing commitment to serving the local business community in Northern Ireland and we're delighted to announce that we've returned as sponsor of the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards for the fourth consecutive year.
"As the leading and most respected business awards ceremony in Northern Ireland, this event provides British Airways with a perfect opportunity to recognise local excellence and applaud the incredible work demonstrated by companies from across the region."
Economist John Simpson, who is the chairman of the panel of judges, said: "In Northern Ireland, many businesses have begun to recover from the pain of the recent recession.
"In fact, while the recovery is taking different forms and is stronger in some sectors than others, the evidence is growing that, for many, profitability is improving.
"Against the background of a somewhat stronger local economy, the opportunity is now open again for businesses to claim credit for what they are doing. Credit comes partly in maintaining profitability, but it also takes other dimensions.
"Compared to other businesses, what signs of success can your organisation claim?
"Is there evidence of increasing sales to markets outside Northern Ireland?
"Has new technology given a stronger competitive edge?
"Is your business contributing to the growth of the tourist industry?
"The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards offer a spectrum of features to which different businesses can make claim.
"The business awards help to tell your success story to a large Northern Ireland audience.
"Winning is not only a personal or organisational reward, but the publicity multiplies that reward many times.
"This year, our team of highly regarded judges is looking forward to recognising your success and your achievements."
Karen Shearer, finance director of IT firm Novosco - which won last year's Overall Business of the Year Award - said: "We were delighted to join what is a highly impressive group of Northern Ireland businesses that have won Company of the Year in the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards.
"With past winners such as Almac, FG Wilson and Allstate, we are very proud to hold the award for 2015.
"Most importantly for us at Novosco is the pride our team have in the company as a result.
"It is their work that plays such a crucial role in Novosco's success, and winning Company of the Year is a fitting tribute to their dedication, commitment and skills."
1. Excellence in Marketing
2. Excellence in Exporting,
sponsored by FedEx
3. Excellence in the Development of Management and Leadership, sponsored by the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL)
4. Excellence in Innovation
5. Best Use of Digital and/or Social Media
6. Young Businessperson of the Year, sponsored by Almac
7. Excellence in Technology
8. Best Small/Medium Business
9. Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility
10: Outstanding Contribution to the Tourism and/or the Hospitality Industry
Judges’ Awards: Sponsored by British Airways:
11. Businessperson of the Year
12. The overall Business of the Year
The closing date for entries is 12pm on March 18, 2016.
Winners of each of the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards will enjoy the high profile of positive publicity based on an assessment made by our professional judging panel.
The gala awards dinner will take place on Thursday, April 21 2016 at the Culloden Hotel.
A table of 10 is £1,200 plus Vat and individual places are £130 plus Vat.
For further info contact Sarah Weir (JPR) on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 028 9076 0066.
Judging panel for the 2016 Business Awards
Chairman: John Simpson
Ann McGregor, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Kirsty McManus, director of the centre for SME development, Ulster University
Eleanor McEvoy, founder and managing director of Budget Energy
Katy Best, marketing director of the George Best Belfast City Airport
Professor Neil Gibson, director of the economic policy unit, Ulster University
Paul Terrington, Northern Ireland chairman, PwC
Colin Stutt, social enterprise specialist and public policy consultant
Brenda Morgan, British Airways