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Belfast Telegraph Business Awards 2020: Enter now

Brought to you in partnership with Ulster Bank, the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards recognise and celebrate the business successes of individuals and organisations across Northern Ireland.

Now in their 19th year, these prestigious awards attract entries from across all sectors and sizes of businesses. The awards are the perfect opportunity to network and recognise the outstanding achievements of the local business community.

The gala awards dinner takes place on Thursday,April 30 2020 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast. Enjoy a drinks reception, pre-dinner entertainment and a 4-course meal, as we celebrate with the best of Northern Ireland businesses at this prestigious black-tie event.

To book a table please contact: events@belfasttelegraph.co.uk or contact Events on 02890264102.

To enter simply choose one of the 13 categories below and complete the entry form. Each category has its own entry criteria, terms and conditions which should be adhered to by entrants.

In addition the judges will be looking, across the categories, for evidence of companies implementing sustainable business practice within their activities and operations, particularly environmental sustainability to combat climate change.

Best practice, innovation, and outstanding commitment in this area will be recognised through a Special Recognition Award for Climate Action sponsored by Ulster Bank, which will be chosen from amongst all the entries.

The closing date is 19 March 2020, 12 noon.

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Excellence in Marketing

‘Capturing a bigger and/or a better market’

The Excellence in Marketing Award is designed to reward well-directed marketing by a local company. Showcasing evidence of quantifiable benefits directly resulting from marketing activity using indicators such as increased market share, added value and profitability.

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Excellence in Exporting

‘Making an impact in the marketplace’

This award is designed to encourage and recognise companies which have generated substantial and sustained increases in export activity (including increased sales to Great Britain).

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Excellence in Innovation

‘Bright new ideas, processes or procedures, strengthening a business’

This award will go to a business where innovation has been a critical part of recent development. To compete and grow in global markets, all companies need to adopt a culture of continuous improvement where constant innovation leads to improved business results.

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Best use of Digital and/or Social Media

This will be awarded to the business that demonstrates the best application of digital technologies in the creative industries. The award winner should illustrate how the use of aspects of digital techniques has helped to build their business.

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Young Business Person of the Year

This award recognises the outstanding work of young professionals or managers in any aspect of business activity. This category is open for business people, including entrepreneurs and high-flying managers, 35 years and under on 1st April 2020. Entrants should show evidence of making a valuable contribution to business activity in Northern Ireland and show considerable promise as a future leader in business.

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Retailer of the Year

There are many efficient, well organised retailers across Northern Ireland and the Business Awards will recognise one of the best. The award will be made to a single store without regard to its size - independent or multiple.

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Excellence in Workplace Health and Well-Being

This award will be made to an enterprise that has fewer than 250 employees, and able to demonstrate a commitment to an environment where the employees enjoy policies which make a real difference to their health and well-being.

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Best Start-up or Emerging Business

This category seeks to acknowledge an emerging business or start-up company in any sector of Northern Ireland business. This category is open to any business which has been founded in the last three years.

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Best Large Company

This category seeks to acknowledge an outstanding large company in Northern Ireland. It is is open to any business in Northern Ireland with over 150 employees.

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Best Small/Medium Business

‘Success does not need to mean big’

This category seeks to acknowledge an outstanding small/medium company in Northern Ireland and is open to to any business with 150 employees or less.

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Excellence In Corporate Social Responsibility

‘Making an impact in the community’

This award rewards company which has made a significant, positive impact through its involvement in a specific programme or initiative designed to make a demonstrable difference to the community.

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Excellence In the Development of Management & Leadership

This award is to recognise a sustained commitment to business improvement through the demonstration of leadership and management techniques. It is open to all types of businesses. It seeks to encourage the development of excellence through leadership and management wherever it is found.

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Agri-food Company of the Year

This category will recognise an agri-food business which has made a significant impact in the sector. It's open to any Northern Ireland based business operating in the agri-food sector, including primary producers, processors, and others in the supply chain.

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