Businesses across Leinster are invited to enter the 2009 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards. The awards aim to celebrate business success, irrespective of business offering, size, sector or location. Shortlisted Leinster 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. Leinster companies swept the board last year, with Louth company Mcor Technologies winning the overall award and four other Leinster businesses taking home category titles.
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
Leinster 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 Leinster launch of the awards Ken Murnaghan, Regional Director, Ulster Bank said; “I would strongly encourage Leinster businesses to enter The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, as it will give them a 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.”
Asheesh Dewan, Founder of Jaipur Group and winner of the 2008 Ethnic Entrepreneurship Award was in attendance at the Leinster 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 Jaipur. The awards have raised the company’s profile, helping us to attract new contacts and customers. I strongly urge business across Leinster to enter the Business Achievers Awards, as now, more than ever, promoting your business is essential.”
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.