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Pictured at the launch of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, 2015:  Brendan Flood, Enterprise Ireland, Ron Immick, Small Business Can,  Ronan Clarke, Smarter Surfaces (formerly Smart Wall Paint), Denise Doran, Smarter Surfaces,  Eddie Cullen, Ulster Bank, Maeve McMahon, Ulster Bank, and Grainne Lennon, InterTrade Ireland

Business Achievers Awards 2015 Are Open

The Business Achievers Awards, the biggest and oldest business awards programme on the island of Ireland is open for entry again. 

Celebrate achievement

The awards aim to celebrate the achievements of local companies across a wide range of sectors including women led business start up, social enterprise and agri-business.

Big prize

The event is being run in association with the Irish Independent, Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland and The overall winner will receive a comprehensive prize package, including a €50,000 publishing bursary with the Irish Independent, business mentoring from Enterprise Ireland, a full-service communications workshop, as well as national and regional media exposure.

Winners have become household names

Eddie Cullen, managing director of commercial banking at Ulster Bank, said that the lender is “committed to providing support to Irish businesses” and added that the awards are “at the heart of that commitment”. Previous winners of the awards includes a huge number of successful companies that have gone on to become household names, including Realex Payments, Glenisk Foods and Tayto Park.

Smart Paint

Speaking at the launch, one of the former winners, Ronan Clarke of Smarter Surfaces said that winning the Business Startip Award at the last year’s Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards “has given us huge credibility and really helped us to position ourselves on the global stage. “In the six months since winning the award, we have expanded our distribution network to South America and Australia, and that expansion is continuing all the time,” he said. He added that his firm will launch e-commerce sites in French, German, Italian and Spanish for the first time in June. “In addition, we have re-branded the company from ‘Smart Wall Paint’ to ‘Smarter Surfaces’, in recognition of the fact that we now offer a wide range of products, outside of our flagship whiteboard paint, so winning the award really has been a catalyst for huge change for us,” he said.


Companies can submit their entries via and are permitted to enter up to two of the eight categories. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 25. In the meantime you can express your interest, which will give you access to regular updates and support with your submission from smallbusinesscan. You can register here.

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