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2011 Business Achievers Awards

Ulster Bank Launch 18th annual ‘Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards’

Companies across the island of Ireland are being invited to enter the annual ‘Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards’ which recognise business success, irrespective of offering, size, sector or location. The awards, now in their 18th year, are in association with the Irish Independent, Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland and Invest NI.

Throughout each stage of the competition, companies will be judged on a variety of merits including financial performance, company milestones and achievements, future strategy for the business and development of innovative products and services.

Entries for the 2011 awards are open to businesses across all sectors and businesses can enter themselves in up to two of eight categories:

1. Innovation & Emerging Technology Award
2. International Business Award
3. Social Entrepreneurship Award
4. Best Business Start-up Award
5. Family Run Business Award
6. Green Business Award
7. Agriculture, Food & Drink Award
8. Service Business Award

Following an initial judging process at the preliminary stage of the awards, competing businesses will be shortlisted for provincial awards. Provincial award winners will then go on to compete in their respective categories at an all-island awards ceremony in 2012 where one category winner will also be crowned overall ‘Ulster Bank Business Achiever 2011’. Entries will close on Wednesday, 30th November, and the Provincial Award Winners will be announced at award ceremonies in January and February 2012.

Provincial and category winners will receive a specially commissioned award, local and national PR opportunities, entry into the national awards and a dedicated profile page on the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards website.

Over 400 businesses, North and South, entered last year’s awards, where Belfast based scientific digital camera company, Andor Technology, was awarded the ‘International Business Award’ and crowned ‘Ulster Bank Business Achiever 2010’.

Speaking at the launch of the 2011 awards, Declan Fitzgerald, Managing Director of Business Banking, Ulster Bank said, “The 2010 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards received a record number of entries. Despite ongoing economic difficulties, success stories are stemming from businesses across all sectors throughout the island of Ireland. The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards was established to acknowledge business success and reward companies who have displayed exceptional determination and innovation whilst battling to stay ahead of their competitors. These businesses are an exceptional example to others and their achievements must be recognised.”

Nicola Byrne, founder of Call 11890 Ltd, is Chair of the Judging Panel. She says that initiatives like the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards are very valuable to the business community. “There is so much to be positive about in the business community here in Ireland – entrepreneurs are setting up new businesses every day; small businesses are becoming medium enterprises and companies are diversifying, entering new markets and going from strength to strength. Recognising the role that is played by businesses across the country is an important part of creating a good business culture and I look forward to getting to know the many businesses that will enter the awards this year.”

Maeve Dineen, Business Editor with the Irish Independent, said: “Highlighting the achievements of Irish businesses and showcasing success stories, helps to boost confidence among both customers and other businesses. We also provide a platform which, in turn, exposes these business achievers to a large and diverse audience of potential customers and investors.

The 2011 Ulster Bank Business Achiever will receive a comprehensive reward package including a publishing bursary with the Irish Independent, business mentoring, a full service communications workshop, as well as much positive national and regional PR coverage.

For further information and to enter your business in the 2011 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, go to