Ulster Bank Launches 2012 Business Achievers Awards today. For the past two years, over a third of all entries to the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards were submitted in the ‘Best Business Start Up’ category making it the most popular category in the competition. Ulster Bank today launched the 19th Business Achievers Awards, an awards scheme that not only provides opportunities for companies to generate publicity but a programme that provides all entrants with networking opportunities and business development events.
Ulster Bank Launches 2012 Business Achievers Awards
Speaking at the launch, Ken Murnaghan, Head of Business & Commercial Banking, Ulster Bank said: “There is a real positivity and enthusiasm in the Irish start-up sector. It is a sector that combines the Irish flair for entrepreneurship and our heralded culture of creativity. Companies Registration Office figures show that up to September of this year, 10,433 new companies have already been created in Ireland, following on from increasing yearly figures of 13,200 in 2010 and 14,615 in 2011.”
Ulster Bank has also added new categories to this year’s awards to celebrate the growing diversity and strength of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector, a Woman Led Business category and a division into two separate categories of Agri-Business and Food & Drink.
Over the years a number of high-profile Irish companies have passed through the competition including; PM Group, Glenisk and Vistamed. Last year’s overall winner was Down-based medical devices company, TG Eakin.
“A survey we conducted last year told us that 86% of companies entering awards do so for the PR and profile it can bring. This year we have enhanced the programme with a new ‘Business Achievers Roadshow’ where companies benefit from workshops, seminars, and networking and we are extending out Public Relations support to companies who may not make the National Final in May. The Irish SME sector is a vital, varied and vibrant place and everyday there are successes and positive stories that emanate from it. We want to support that and tell their stories to a national audience,” Ken concluded.
The 2012 Ulster Bank Business Achiever 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 much positive national and regional PR coverage.
Ulster Bank’s Awards are open to all Irish SMEs, north and south. For full details and to enter, visit businessachieversaward.com or find us on twitter @ulsterbank_BAA or #businessachievers. Closing date for entries 28 February 2013.