British Airways is delighted to announce our inaugural sponsorship of the 2013 prestigious Belfast Telegraph Business Awards.
What better way to acknowledge local excellence in major areas of business life, such as service provision, export, marketing and innovation, than through sponsorship of one of the most established and respected awards ceremonies in Northern Ireland.
Following the recent acquisition of bmi by International Airlines Group, British Airways is once again operating the important airlink between Belfast City Airport and London Heathrow. We are committed to serving the local business community, and through these awards we want to recognise their outstanding and innovative performances and approaches to business - a vital key to success in the modern day market place.
Belfast City to London Heathrow is a key route for British Airways and vital to the Northern Ireland economy. This route also provides connectivity for Northern Ireland business passengers to the airline's extensive global network, and those of our airline partners from London Heathrow, for both passenger and cargo traffic.
Following the introduction of our winter schedule, business passengers can enjoy our first class service with a choice of up to seven daily flights from Belfast City to London Heathrow. Our wide range of departure times facilitate the needs of all our customers, whether for day trips or for longer stays.
The British Airways 'On Business' loyalty programme also ensures that your business travel budget can go further, earning On Business points on every qualifying flight taken, which can be redeemed for upgrades, reward flights and hotel accommodation.
Finally, we'd like to encourage all businesses to take time and enter the 2013 Business Awards. Not only will well deserved success at the event provide a strong platform to highlight the merits of your own business, but the awards ceremony itself also serves to emphasise the strength of Northern Ireland businesses.
British Airways wishes you every success with your entries to the awards.
Simon Daly is Ireland manager of British Airways