Belfast Telegraph

New bodies back 2011 Business Awards

By Claire Weir

With just under a month to go until entries close for the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in Association with British Midland International (bmi), two new sponsors have just come on board for the event.

Poultry giant Moy Park is to sponsor the Outstanding Business Team of the Year category while Young Businessperson of the Year will be sponsored by Bibby Financial Services.

Meanwhile, Invest NI will be continuing its support of the Excellence in Innovation category.

Northern Ireland businesses will compete for awards across 11 categories before an awards ceremony in the Ramada Hotel at Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast on Thursday April 7.

New awards this year include the non-entry category of Businessperson of the Year and the overall title of Outstanding Business of the Year.

Chaired by economist John Simpson, the judging panel will include Brian Ambrose, chief executive of George Best Belfast City Airport, Alastair Hamilton, chief executive of Invest NI and Professor Rodney McAdam, head of the department of marketing, entrepreneurship and strategy at University of Ulster.

Ann McGregor, chief executive of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, Brenda Morgan, bmi sales manager Ireland, Paul Rooney, chair of Business in the Community and partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Joanne Stuart, chair of Institute of Directors (IoD) complete the panel.

Moy Park and Bibby Financial Services will join other firms like Progressive Building Society, sponsors of the Excellence in Marketing award, Made Not Born, sponsors of the Excellence in the Development of Management and Leadership category and Yell, sponsors of the Best Small/Medium Business award. Airline bmi is the overall sponsor.

Entry forms can be downloaded from, where a full list of the rationale, criteria, rules and conditions can also be found.

All entries must be received by noon on Friday February 11.

For sponsorship opportunities or more information telephone Andrea Clements at JPR on |028 9076 0066 or email

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