Michael Wilson, Managing Director of UTV Television, Brenda Buckley, Commercial Director, Business Eye and Enda Corneille, Country Manager Ireland, Emirates, lead sponsors of the UTV Business Eye Awards, launch the awards UTV Studios.

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TEN YEARS ON....UTV BUSINESS EYE AWARDS HIT NEW HEIGHTS

Northern Ireland's premier business awards, the annual UTV Business Eye Awards, will be staged for their 10th anniversary year in 2016 with a brand new awards venue and a world class new lead sponsor on board.

Business Eye has once again joined forces with UTV for the tenth consecutive year to launch the UTV Business Eye Awards 2016 in association for the first time with Emirates.

As in 2015, the Awards will be televised by UTV for an hour-long special programme which will air shortly after awards night.

The UTV Business Eye Awards in association with Emirates will be held on Thursday, 24th November, 2016, at the brand new Belfast Waterfront, the city's newest, largest and most spectacular venue.

As in previous years, hundreds of entries are anticipated across a provisional line-up of 16 different categories and the winners in each case will be chosen by a panel of judges and will receive their trophies in late November at Belfast Waterfront.

Last year's awards ceremony named Henderson Group as Northern Ireland's Company of the Year, with other key winners on the night including Mark Regan of 3FiveTwo Medical Group (Business Personality of the Year); M&M Contractors (SME Award); BA Components (International Award) and Professor Marie McHugh (Lifetime Achievement Award).

The closing date for entries will be Friday, 21st October, 2016 and judging will take place shortly afterwards. Companies can enter online by visiting

utvawards.businesseye.co.uk.

Richard Buckley, Editor of Business Eye says:

"We're delighted that the UTV Business Eye Awards have reached their tenth anniversary. Over the past ten years, they've grown to become by far the biggest and most important business awards on the local stage."

"We're also delighted to have one of the world's most recognised travel brand, Emirates, as our new main sponsors.

“With the help of Emirates and UTV, we're moving up a gear for 2016 and we're really looking forward to welcoming a bigger audience than ever before to the Belfast Waterfront on the 24th of November."

"Once again we'll be honouring the best businesses and the best business leaders here in Northern Ireland and we can promise a night to remember."

Michael Wilson, Managing Director UTV says:

"As we mark the 10th year, UTV has been privileged to have been associated with the Business Eye Awards since the beginning. The commitment of the Business Eye team to continually refreshing the awards and attracting some of the biggest names in business to enter and attend has made them the most respected and sought after within the Northern Ireland business sector."

"UTV is delighted to once again partner with Business Eye and we extend a very warm welcome to the new sponsor, Emirates. We look forward to featuring the nominees and winners on UTV Live, and in another dedicated one-hour special programme to be broadcast soon after the awards evening. Last year UTV televised the awards for the first time attracting a peak audience of over 100,000 viewers."

Enda Corneille, Country Manager (Ireland) for Emirates, comments:

"As a global brand that connects business people around the world, the UTV Business Eye Awards is a natural fit for Emirates. Our aim for our business and corporate customers is to make doing international business easier with double daily direct flights to Dubai and great onward connections to markets such as the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.

To be a part of something that recognises and rewards Northern Ireland’s most successful, innovative and hard-working business leaders is really exciting for us. With a dedicated presence here and now with this new sponsorship, we feel very much an integral part of the business community in what is a really important market to Emirates."

Current Sponsors

Business Eye Emirates UTV Legacy wealth Visit belfast Fleet Financial / Charles Hurst First Trust Bank Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council A&L Goodbody MCS Group ISL Waste Management CMI

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