Belfast Telegraph

A chance to bank a huge opportunity at awards

By Clare Weir

Northern Ireland companies are being urged to enter a business-boosting awards scheme.

The annual Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, now in their 18th year, recognise business success and are held in association with Invest Northern Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and InterTradeIreland, and supported by the Belfast Telegraph.

Provincial and category winners will receive PR opportunities and entry into the all-island awards.

The 2011 Ulster Bank Business Achiever will receive a prize package including an executive education programme at Harvard University Business School, a publishing and advertising package with the Irish Independent, and a one-year membership of the Institute of Directors.

Over 400 businesses from both sides of the border entered last year's awards, where Belfast-based scientific digital camera company, Andor Technology, was awarded the International Business Award and crowned Ulster Bank Business Achiever 2010.

North West business BubbleBum won the all-island Start-Up Business Category.

Speaking at the launch of the 2011 awards, Ian Jordan, Ulster Bank's head of business and commercial banking in Northern Ireland, said that the awards received a record number of entries last year and highlighted some incredibly strong examples of business success in a difficult environment.

"The success of local businesses Andor and BubbleBum on the all-island stage will hopefully inspire even more Northern Ireland companies to enter this year," he said.

Donal Durkan, director at Invest NI, added: "The economic environment remains challenging so it is vital that local companies focus on export development and commercial creativity to achieve effective growth."

To enter your business in the 2011 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, go to www.businessachieversaward.com.