Eight leading Leinster based businesses have been announced as winners at the Leinster final of the 2011 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards.
Companies were rigorously judged on a variety of merits including financial performance, company milestones and achievements, future strategy for the business and development of innovative products and services. The Leinster judging panel was made up of Michael Hoey, Founder of Country Crest and former Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award winner, Sean Martyn, Regional Director, Ulster Bank, Conor Fahy, Enterprise Ireland, Grant Gilmore, InterTradeIreland, and Terri O’Donnell, Invest NI.
Over 200 companies from the province entered the 2011 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards with over 25% of businesses entering the ‘Best Business Start-up Award’ category and 25% entering the ‘Service Business Award’ category. 13% of businesses entered the ‘Family Run Business Award’ category.
**The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards provincial winners for Leinster are as follows:
- Innovation & Emerging Technology Award – Safefood 360, Dublin
- International Business Award – TerminalFour, Dublin
- Social Entrepreneurship Award – Pieta House C.P.S.O.S, Dublin
- Best Business Start-up Award – Rosso Solini, Kildare
- Family Run Business Award – TAM Ireland Limited, Dublin
- Green Business Award – Joule Solutions, Dublin
- Agriculture, Food & Drink Award – Hogan’s Farm, Meath
- Service Business Award – Millmount Healthcare, Meath
Speaking at the Leinster provincial awards, Sean Martyn, Ulster Bank Regional Director, said: “The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards recognises and rewards business success. Throughout each stage of the awards, participants are exposed to a wealth of potential customers and investors. An extensive media campaign gives our provincial winners a platform to showcase their success on a national and regional level. The Leinster winning businesses have displayed exceptional resilience and determination whilst keeping competitors at arm’s length. I would like to congratulate each of the winning businesses and wish them the very best of luck at the national final in April and in their future endeavours.”
The awards, now in their 18th year, are in association with the Irish Independent, Enterprise Ireland and InterTradeIreland. Each Leinster winner will now go on to compete with provincial winners from Munster, Ulster and Connacht for the national title and individual category title at the all-island final in April.
Over 370 businesses from the island of Ireland entered this year’s awards, which aim to recognise and reward business success, regardless of business product, service, size, or sector.
The winner in each category will receive a specially commissioned award, local and national PR opportunities, entry into the national awards and a dedicated profile page on the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards website.
The 2011 Ulster Bank Business Achiever will receive a comprehensive reward package including a publishing bursary with the Irish Independent, business mentoring, a full service communications workshop, as well as national and regional PR opportunities.
For further information on the 2011 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards and the provincial winners, go to www.businessachieversaward.com