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Belfast Telegraph Business Awards 2015: All you need to know about this year's awards

You can enter this year's awards below

By Staff Reporter

The Belfast Telegraph is delighted to launch the 2015 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in association with British Airways.

Click here to enter

It's always an honour to give our companies the opportunity to shout about achievements which often go unpublicised.

There are of course many big name companies out there whose achievements we enjoy hearing about - and who we look forward to hearing from between now and our closing date of March 19.

But the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards is also a great platform for companies who aren't often in the headlines but are diligently achieving great things at home and abroad.

We say to those companies - enough of hiding your light under a bushel.

Please get in touch and let us know what you're doing.

Ashley Pigott is managing director of generator set manufacturer AJ Power in Craigavon, winner of Overall Business of the Year last year.

Mr Pigott said: "The big benefit to us by winning the award was the recognition it gave to the hard work of our very talented pool of staff.

"It highlighted pride in what they have achieved.

""We draw on the skills of our team - 60% of whom are engineering graduates - and we are trying to challenge the status quo with more innovative solutions.

"It's particularly pleasing to win an award like this and it had a positive effect on our business.

"I would actively encourage firms to enter, and to get involved.

"It's not just about the winning, it's about boosting Northern Ireland plc.

"The awards will help any business in Northern Ireland who gets involved - whether that's through employment or from a sales perspective.

"It will also help companies who don't sell in Northern Ireland."​

Professor John Simpson is the chairman of the judging panel for the awards.

Mr Simpson said: "Northern Ireland is home to many businesses which are succeeding in an uncertain world.

"Success comes in many forms. The business may be growing and capturing new markets.

"Sometimes the survival of a business against difficult market conditions is, in itself, a big achievement.

"The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards are an opportunity for a business, your business, to take the stage in the business community and accept the congratulations of your customers, suppliers, and even your competitors.

Winning a Business Award will be a high profile moment for everyone in a business from customer facing employee to workshop processing staff and right to the management team.

"In the last 10 years, the annual awards have been a living record of businesses making progress.

"More recently the entries for the awards have told a tale of fighting recession and enhancing competitive ability to keep going in hard times.

"As businesses enter for the new round of awards, my fellow judges and I will be interested to hear the story of survival and recovery in each of the different businesses.

"Is your business 'out of recession'?

"Has the experience shown skills, ideas, motivation and dedication that other people might want to share?

"The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards are open to all locally based businesses, large and small, high tech and low tech.

"The different categories of the awards open the door to various specialities, ranging from aspects of sales, scope for application of results from research and development, gaining new export markets or adapting the business to activities emphasising social responsibility.

"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.

"Can your business take this opportunity? We hope so."

The closing date for submissions is 12 noon on March 19, 2015. Enter here. The gala awards dinner will take place on Thursday April 30 2015 at the Culloden Hotel. A table of 10 is £900 plus Vat and individual places are £100 plus Vat. For further info contact Sarah Weir (JPR) on or call 028 9076 0066.

The judging panel for the 2015 Business Awards

John Simpson, economist

Katy Best, marketing director at George Best Belfast City Airport

Jackie Henry, partner at Deloitte

Professor Neil Gibson, centre for economic policy, University of Ulstern

Ann McGregor, chief executive of the NI Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Kirsty McManus, director of the SME unit, University of Ulster

Brenda Morgan, BA representative in NI

Colin Walsh, CBI chairman Northern Ireland

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