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Belfast Telegraph Business Awards event is postponed

Prestigious ceremony due to take place on April 30 delayed because of Covid-19 pandemic

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Belfast Telegraph Business Editor Margaret Canning and Mark Crimmins, Ulster Bank head in Northern Ireland, at the launch of the the 2020 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in partnership with Ulster Bank

Belfast Telegraph Business Editor Margaret Canning and Mark Crimmins, Ulster Bank head in Northern Ireland, at the launch of the the 2020 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in partnership with Ulster Bank

Belfast Telegraph Business Editor Margaret Canning and Mark Crimmins, Ulster Bank head in Northern Ireland, at the launch of the the 2020 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in partnership with Ulster Bank

The awards ceremony for the 2020 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in partnership with Ulster Bank has been postponed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

And the winners among this year's record number of entries will now be announced at a glittering ceremony in the autumn.

Sarah Little, publishing director of INM NI, said: "We would like to thank everyone who has entered the 2020 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in partnership with Ulster Bank.

"We are sorry that we cannot hold our awards as planned on April 30 but these are truly exceptional times for us all, as our working life and family life are transformed as a result of Covid-19. However, we do wish to fully celebrate the achievements of the business world in Northern Ireland and will hold our awards ceremony in the autumn.

"We thank our title sponsor Ulster Bank for their patience and continued support, as well as our category sponsors Sparq, Wilson Nesbitt, Retail NI, Asda, MCL Insure Tech, Ulster University Business School, Hastings Hotels, McKees Solicitors and Hillsborough Castle & Gardens.

"Companies and individuals alike are being challenged like never before and I send my good wishes to all of you in dealing with these difficult times."

Mark Crimmins, head of Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland, said: "In uncertain times, it is essential that we continue to recognise the efforts and commitment of Northern Ireland businesses.

"The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards have played a central role in this for many years and we feel that it is right that they do so again in 2020.

"The landscape is very different from when firms entered the awards and, through no fault of their own, many good companies face challenges unlike any they have encountered before.

"But when the current situation has passed, and firms look to regroup and rebuild for the future, there is perhaps no better time to reflect on what made them great in the first place and to recognise the key role of innovative businesses in driving the recovery."

Belfast Telegraph