Belfast Telegraph

High achievers urged to enter award contest

By Heather McGarrigle

Northern Ireland companies are being encouraged to enter an awards programme which recognises successes in the face of challenging |economic times.

The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards aim to reward established firms across all industry sectors, regardless of size, for leadership, successes and economic contribution.

Kestrel Foods won the agriculture food and drink award last year.

Lorraine Hall, sales and marketing director of the Portadown-based company, said: “Recognition in the highly competitive agri-food sector led to increased profile for our company and Forest Feast brand which was a great boost in terms of team morale.

“I would strongly encourage other local businesses to enter, as participating in an awards programme like this ensures that time is dedicated to documenting a clear, concise business strategy which is essential, especially during a period of economic uncertainty.”

Kestrel brings in 90% of sales from outside Northern Ireland, including customers in UAE, Denmark, India and Russia.

Henry Elvin, Ulster Bank’s head of business banking in Northern Ireland, said: “We would encourage all businesses that have shown endeavour, determination and innovation this year to enter the awards to celebrate their good work.”

Entrants will compete for eight awards, with winners going up against businesses from across Ireland.

The Ulster prizes will be presented in Belfast in January with the grand final in Dublin in April.

The overall winner’s prize package includes an executive education programme at Harvard University Business School, €50,000 worth of advertising space in the |Irish Independent, a business laptop and two years’ membership of the Institute of Directors.

Businesses can enter the 2010 awards, run in conjunction with the Belfast Telegraph and supported by Invest Northern Ireland, InterTradeIreland and the Institute of Directors, until the end of November at

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