Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Businesses encouraged to enter awards to help boost economy

Ulster Bank head of business banking, Henry Elvin, discusses the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards with Martin and Tracy Hamilton of Comber-based firm Mash Direct

The winner of last year’s Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards has urged local businesses to enter this year’s competition.

Founder of Mash Direct Martin Hamilton said the company’s success in last year’s awards had boosted its profile and credibility.

“It was a real endorsement for the company and a reinforcement that our goals and ambitions were right,” he said.

“I would strongly encourage other local businesses to enter.

“Participating in an awards programme like this could be an enormous boost at a difficult time for the economy.”

Comber-based Mash Direct, which makes mashed potato, root vegetable and cabbage products, won the family run business award at the all-island Business Achievers Awards ceremony in Dublin in March.

The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards reward businesses for their leadership, successes and contribution to the economy.

Businesses can enter the awards — supported by the Belfast Telegraph, Invest Northern Ireland, InterTradeIreland and the Institute of Directors — by going to by the end of October.

The Ulster prizes will be presented in Belfast in November, with the all-island prizes presented at a ceremony in Dublin in February 2010.

Entries are open to established businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs whose businesses have achieved success and have demonstrated innovation and leadership in overcoming challenges.

Businesses can enter themselves or can be nominated in one or more of eight categories: one-to-watch award; international business award; social entrepreneurship award; best business start-up award; family run business award; green business award; agriculture and food award and emerging technology award.

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