Agri-business and food and drink companies in Northern Ireland have just two weeks to submit their entries for the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards.
The scheme celebrates the achievements of local companies across a range of sectors, and is run in association with Invest NI, InterTradeIreland and SmallBusinessCan.com. Entries can be made at BusinessAchieversAward.com by Friday September 25.
Judges will shortlist companies for the Ulster provincial stage, and winners will then compete in their respective categories at an all-island awards ceremony in December. One all-island category winner will also be crowned overall Ulster Bank Business Achiever 2015.
The overall winner will receive a £35,000 publishing bursary, business mentoring from Enterprise Ireland and a full-service communications workshop.
Previous Northern Ireland winners from the agri-food sector in the all-island scheme include Avondale Foods, Wilson’s Country and Mash Direct.
Cormac McKervey, Head of Agriculture, Northern Ireland, Ulster Bank said: “Entering the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards gives businesses a fantastic opportunity to showcase all of the innovation happening in the agri-business and food and drink sectors.
“Previous winners have come from right across Northern Ireland, from varying sectors and have been a mixture of large companies and smaller, niche market companies.
“They have enjoyed the benefits of being able to tell their customers that they have been an Ulster Bank Business Achiever - that means an awful lot and carries a lot of weight. Applying is very straightforward and we have found that companies really enjoy the whole awards process.”
Dawn Cann, Marketing Manager of Avondale Foods, last year’s all-island Ulster Bank Business Achiever winner of the Food and Drink category, said: “To be named as the 2014 winner just before we celebrated 50 years in business was a remarkable achievement. Over the years, we have focussed the business on value-added products and innovation, so we were delighted to be recognised for this by the judges. We are very proud and passionate about the food that we produce and awards like this affirm this commitment.”
Throughout each stage of the awards, companies will be judged on a variety of merits including financial performance, company milestones and achievements, future strategy for business people and the business and the development of innovative products and services.
Entries will be welcomed from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across all sectors. Companies can enter in any two of the following categories:
1. Business Start Up Award
2. Small Business Award
3. Established SME Award
4. International Business Award
5. Women Led Business Award
6. Food & Drink Award
7. Social Enterprise Award
8. Agri-Business Award
Follow @ulsterbank and #BusinessAchievers to keep up to date with all of the action throughout the 2015 awards.