Belfast Telegraph

Burning ambition to find best in business

Companies from across the Northern Ireland economy are being called to enter the 19th Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards.

This year, Ulster Bank has added some new categories to celebrate the growing diversity and strength of the SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) sector - a Woman-Led Business category, a Best Established SME category, and a division into two separate categories of Agri-Business, and Food and Drink.

For the past three years, over a third of all entries to the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards have been in the 'Best Business Start Up' category.

Categories including those for Innovation and Emerging Technology have been increasingly popular.

The awards, which are run in Northern Ireland in association with Invest NI, InterTradeIreland and The Belfast Telegraph, as well as Smallbusiness, are supported by organisations including the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland, and The Prince's Trust.

Speaking at the launch of the awards, Ian Jordan, director, Corporate Banking Division, Ulster Bank said: "Almost nine out of 10 companies we surveyed told us that they enter awards for the PR and profile. For start-up companies the awareness of their business and its achievements that winning awards can bring is crucial."

"We will also be providing PR opportunities for companies who may not make the all-island final. Every day there are positive stories in the business community and we want to highlight them," he added.

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