Belfast Telegraph

Deadline looms for Belfast Telegraph Business Awards

The deadline to enter this year’s prestigious Belfast Telegraph Business Awards is just over a week away and companies keen to be considered are advised to get their entries in quickly.

The 2010 Belfast Telegraph Northern Ireland Business Awards in association with bmi, will close to entries on February 11 — next Thursday.

For more than a decade the awards have provided an ideal platform for businesses throughout Northern Ireland to showcase their work and expertise.

There are prizes for the business team of the year, excellence in marketing, exporting, service to business, innovation and people development.

Two new categories for 2010 are Excellence in Technology and Best Small/Medium Size Business, which reflect the importance of technology to the future of our local economy and the fact that small and medium sized firms form the lion’s share of |the business community in Northern Ireland.

Also focusing on the importance of encouraging young entrepreneurs to succeed is the Young Businessperson of the Year category for under-35s.

This award recognises the outstanding work of young professionals in any aspect of business activity.

All of the accolades will be handed out at a gala awards dinner at the Ramada Hotel Shaw’s Bridge on Thursday, March 25.

Guest speaker at the glittering event will be Karren Brady, one of the UK’s best known and most successful business women.

As chief executive of Birmingham City football club Ms Brady was the first woman to run a Premiership team.

She recently took over as West Ham’s new vice-chair and will this year replace Margaret Mountford as a trusted adviser to Lord Sugar on the hit BBC television programme The Apprentice — which tests the business acumen of people competing to win a job in the tycoon’s business empire.

Winners of last year’s awards say it has had a beneficial effect on their business, not least through raising their profile in the business community and among potential clients and suppliers.

Head judge and Belfast Telegraph columnist John Simpson said there are compelling reasons to enter.

“Firstly, for many businesses it is a very useful way of creating team spirit as they put together bids and realise how their work has come together. So, internally it is good for morale,” he said.

“Secondly, there is the acknowledgement they will get from |customers, suppliers and interested people in the public — ranging from politicians and even appreciation from competitors,” he added.

Belfast Telegraph