Businesses across Connaught are invited to enter the 2009 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards. The awards, which are in association with the Irish Independent, Enterprise Ireland and InterTradeIreland, aim to celebrate business success, irrespective of business offering, size, sector or location. Shortlisted Connaught businesses will be rewarded at provincial level in November before finalists go on to compete for the national title at an all-island awards ceremony in February 2010.
Entries are open to established businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs whose businesses have demonstrated innovation and leadership in overcoming the current challenges in the marketplace. Businesses can enter themselves or can be nominated in one or more of eight categories:
- One-to-Watch Award
- International Business Award
- Social Entrepreneurship Award
- Best Business Start-up Award
- Family Run Business Award
- Green Business Award
- Agriculture, Food and Drink Award
- Emerging Technology Award
Connaught finalists from each category will receive local and national media coverage, entry into the national awards and a dedicated profile page on the Business Achievers Awards website.
Speaking at the Connaught launch of the awards Brendan McDermott, Regional Director, Ulster Bank said; “I would strongly encourage Connacht businesses to enter The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, as it will give them an opportunity to showcase their achievements on a national level. It also promotes business networking, enabling shortlisted businesses to build valuable contacts, which is essential in today’s business environment.”
Vivian Dooley, Founder of Almotech Ltd and winner of the 2008 Best Business Start Up Award was in attendance at the Connaught launch. Speaking about the awards he said; “Winning an Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award at both provincial and national level has been hugely beneficial for Almotech. The awards have raised the company’s profile, helping us to attract new contacts and customers. I strongly urge business across Connaught to enter the Business Achievers Awards, as now, more than ever, promoting your business is essential.”
The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards are open for entry or nomination by individuals or businesses at www.businessachieversaward.com or contact (01) 6084030.