Tuesday 21 October 2014

SME awards are open for business

Published 03/05/2014 | 02:30

Brendan Flood, Enterprise Ireland, Thomas Hunter McGowan, InterTradeIreland, Ellvena Graham, Ulster Bank, Ron Immink, SmallBusinessCan.com, and Ian Murphy, Invest NI. Jason Clarke Photography

Ulster Bank is calling on small and medium-sized companies to enter the 20th Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards. The awards, which are also sponsored by the Irish Independent, are open to businesses across all sectors and entries are submitted via Ulster Bank's Business Achievers Awards website www.BusinessAchieversAward.com

"This is a fantastic awards programme which has been rewarding SME success and providing the opportunity to generate brand exposure for 20 years," said Mary Ann O'Brien, who is the national judging panel chairwoman and the founder of Lily O'Brien's chocolates and the Jack and Jill Foundation.

"The long list of previous winners is littered with many successful companies that won awards in their infancy and have gone on to become strong, household names."

The overall winner will receive a comprehensive prize package, including a €50,000 publishing bursary with the Irish Independent, business mentoring from Enterprise Ireland, a full-service communications workshop and national media exposure.

Previous winners include Glenisk Foods, Mcor Technologies, PM Group, Glenilen Farm, the Sofa Factory, Saba Restaurant and Tayto Park.

Ellvena Graham, the head of SME Banking at Ulster Bank, said the awards were about celebrating "the achievements of all of the companies that have entered the awards over the past two decades. We are delighted to be celebrating this milestone year and to have Senator O'Brien as our chair."

Run in association with Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland and SmallBusinessCan.com, the awards are now open for entry. The deadline for submissions is September 26.

Irish Independent

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