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Innovation awards scheme launched

Businesses in Northern Ireland are being urged to enter an innovative awards scheme.

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has called on firms here to flag up their achievements by entering the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards.

Joanne Stuart, chairman of IoD Northern Ireland said that businesses must take time to mark their achievements.

"The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards encourage local business to recognise and review their accomplishments," she said.

"Celebrating successful business strategies is even more important in today's challenging economic climate."

Ian Jordan of Ulster Bank welcomed the IoD's continued support for the awards.

"We think it is important to celebrate the valued contribution local businesses make to the economy and highlight the leadership and determination behind their success." he said.

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The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards are run in association with the Belfast Telegraph and are supported by Invest Northern Ireland, SmallBusinessCan.com and InterTradeIreland.

Entries are open to established businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs whose companies have achieved success, development and growth.

The overall winner will receive a package including an 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 have until the end of November to enter by visiting www.businessachieversaward.com