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Calling all businesses in Munster

Businesses across Munster 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 Munster 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.

This is the 16th year of the awards, which were revamped and expanded last year. Over 400 businesses North and South entered the 2008 awards, a 400% increase on the previous year. Munster 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.

The overall winner will receive a comprehensive prize package including an Executive Education programme at Harvard University Business School, €50,000 worth of advertising space in the Irish Independent and two years membership of the Institute of Directors. Entries will close on 31st October 2009 and the Provincial Award Winners will be announced in November, with the overall Ulster Bank Business Achiever and Category winners announced in February.

Speaking at the Munster launch of the awards Sam Beamish, Director of Business Banking Cork, Ulster Bank said; “I would strongly encourage Munster 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.”

Frank Casey, Commercial Director, ResourceKraft, and winner of the 2008 Munster Environmental/Sustainability Award was in attendance at the Munster launch. Speaking about the awards he said; “Now, more than ever, it is essential for businesses across the county to promote their services as much as possible. Winning a provincial Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award has strengthened ResourceKraft’s profile, helping us to attract new contacts and customers.”

Companies will be judged on a variety of merits including sales performance, market share growth, company milestones, innovative new products or services and successful achievements by key personnel.

The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards are open for entry or nomination by individuals or businesses at www.businessachieversaward.com or contact (01) 6084030.

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