Belfast Telegraph

BT proud to be supporting our best innovators

By Paul Convery

BT is committed to supporting the local business community in Northern Ireland and we're delighted to be associated with this year's Belfast Telegraph Business Awards. We're particularly pleased to be returning as sponsor of the Excellence in Technology category - recognising and applauding those innovative businesses in Northern Ireland who clearly stand out from the crowd.

BT, as a business, is part of the very fabric of Northern Ireland and we place a huge value on our role in bringing the leading edge technology that Northern Ireland needs in order to thrive and compete on a global scale.

Like many companies, our vision for technology is based on a combination of what we have to offer and deliver today and how we're building on that and investing to create something even better.

Following the recent acquisition of EE, exciting times lie ahead for the business. Our focus is now on accelerating BT's mobility strategy by combining the best of both worlds - providing high levels of investment and driving innovation in a highly competitive market. I have no doubt that consumers, businesses and communities will all benefit, as we combine the power of fibre broadband with the convenience of leading edge mobile services that our customers increasingly expect.

Over the last couple of years, the cloud market has also matured. On demand applications and services have been adopted by businesses, and that rate of adoption is set to grow exponentially over the next few years. The reason is that cloud is now real - not just a term people use or read about. Customers have a new understanding of what it is, in terms of how it can fit with their business and their business objectives. They also understand the benefits it will bring - from cost savings and the ability to scale at speed as required, through to access to the latest applications, without the capital outlay for hardware and software, and ongoing management.

So whether you're a business of two, or 10,000, it doesn't matter. We can never stand still, we must always seek ways to push ourselves more, look at what we can be doing better or faster. Northern Ireland is a fantastic place to live, work and play, so let's start by using the many resources available at our fingertips to help us all achieve our goals.

Award categories:

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

BT proud to be supporting our best innovators

The closing date for entries is 12 noon on March 18, 2016.

To enter the awards please log on to

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, Holywood.

A table of 10 is £1,200 plus VAT and individual places are £130 plus Vat.

For further information on the awards contact Sarah Weir (JPR) on or call 028 9076 0066.

Belfast Telegraph