5pm today deadline to enter Belfast Telegraph Business Awards
5pm today is the deadline until entry closes for the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in partnership with Ulster Bank, Richard Donnan, its head in Northern Ireland, takes a look at how the introduction of three new categories reflects on what's going on in the province's economy
The business landscape in Northern Ireland has been changing in recent years. We are seeing many new and creative start-up businesses embracing new IT solutions to be able to compete more effectively in the healthcare sector as the changing nature of customer care becomes a key focus.
With three new categories in which to enter this year - IT Company or Team of the Year, SME Healthcare Business of the Year and Emerging Business/Start-Up of the Year, we believe that the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in partnership with Ulster Bank will become even more reflective of what is happening in the Northern Ireland economy.
It is important for businesses to enter awards like these because it allows us to recognise, reward and encourage entrepreneurs whose businesses have done well.
The Emerging Businesses and Start-up of the Year category:
This seeks to recognise businesses that have been set up over the past three years and our experience with Entrepreneurial Spark, the accelerator programme we power, is that this is really a sector that has strength and depth.
I would strongly encourage start-ups and new businesses to enter this category for increased recognition, a positive boost for their brand, and a platform for sustainable growth.
Entries don't need to be complicated.
They should tell your story and show the impact that you have had through the business that you have set up and the services that you have provided.
They should show evidence of how you are sustainable and how you will grow in the future.
IT Company/ Team of the Year
In the IT category, we are looking forward to seeing entries from both IT companies and teams. Companies will be judged on the level of innovation and service to clients while teams will be judged on their contribution to the overall success of the business' objectives.
SME Healthcare Business of the Year
The healthcare category is open to businesses with less than 100 employees including care homes, opticians, dentists and GPs. Judges will be looking for companies with a clear strategy, highly focused customer service, innovation and creativity.
In all the categories, we hope to hear from businesses which have differentiated themselves from their peers and demonstrated exactly what's needed to grow and succeed.
We hope that this event will spark new conversations and ideas about the opportunities available in these sectors in the coming months and years.