Businesses in Ulster are invited to enter the 2009 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, which officially launched today. The awards, which are run in association with the Belfast Telegraph, aim to reward established businesses, across all industry sectors and regardless of size, for their leadership, successes and contribution to the economy in the face of many challenges and obstacles.
This year the awards also welcome the support of Invest Northern Ireland and InterTradeIreland. Shortlisted businesses are rewarded at provincial level – there will be a celebration event for Ulster businesses in Belfast in November – before finalists go on to compete for all-island awards, with prizes to be presented at a ceremony in Dublin in February 2010.
Launching the awards, Ian Jordan, Ulster Bank’s head of business centres in Northern Ireland said: “Now more than ever, it is essential that the local business community celebrates and rewards entrepreneurship and business success. The resilience and determination of local businesses is very encouraging and the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards is about recognising that. There are thousands of companies making a valuable contribution to their local communities and we are very pleased to be able to highlight their achievements as an example to others”.
Donal Durkan, Director, Invest NI said: “As the global climate continues to create challenges for industry, it has never been more important for firms to embrace change, innovation and a focused approach to sustaining growth. The awards will recognise Northern Ireland’s most dynamic and forward thinking businesses, of all sizes and across all sectors, for their continued contribution to the local economy, and their determination to succeed”.
InterTradeIreland Chief Executive Liam Nellis said: “Recognising and celebrating business success has never been more important with the island North and South facing significant economic challenges. Companies can draw inspiration and ideas from others who have driven their businesses forward, overcome difficult challenges and achieved success through a combination of imagination and energy and a clear focus on customer needs, innovation and excellence. Role models have an important contribution to make to economic recovery and growth”.