Business Eye's Brenda Buckley is joined at the launch of the UTV Business Eye Awards 2017 in association with Emirates by Enda Corneille (left), Ireland Country Manager for Emirates and Terry Brennan, Head of News & Programmes, UTV.

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PREMIER BUSINESS AWARDS LAUNCHED FOR 2017

Northern Ireland's premier business awards, the annual UTV Business Eye Awards, will be staged for their 11th successive year in 2017 with the backing of global airline brand Emirates.

This year's UTV Business Eye Awards in association with Emirates will be held on Thursday, 7th December, 2017, at the Belfast Waterfront, the city's 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 early December at Belfast Waterfront.

Last year's awards ceremony named Cookstown-based Keystone Group as Northern Ireland's Company of the Year, with other key winners on the night including Merchant Hotel founder Bill Wolsey (Business Personality of the Year); The Deluxe Group (SME Award); Brookvent (International Award) and brothers Jack & Jim Dobson, founders of the Dunbia Group (Lifetime Achievement Award).

The closing date for entries will be Friday, 27th October, 2017 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 are moving into their 11th year and that they are more popular and more recognised than ever before. Over the past 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 for the second year one of the world's most recognised travel brand, Emirates, as our main sponsors.

"With the help of Emirates and UTV, we're continuing to develop the Awards for 2017 and we're really looking forward to welcoming a bigger audience than ever before to the excellent Belfast Waterfront on the 7th of December.

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

Terry Brennan, Head of News & Programmes at UTV, says:

"UTV is very proud of its association with the Business Eye Awards, now in their 11th year. I commend the team at Business Eye for continually refreshing the Awards and making them accessible to such a broad range of businesses, from all sectors of the economy, which is reflected in the continued year on year growth in entry numbers.

"UTV once again looks forward to featuring the key businesses and people making the news in these Awards on UTV Live, the most watched news programme here in Northern Ireland."

Enda Corneille, Country Manager (Ireland) for Emirates, said: "Our sponsorship of these awards is indicative of our commitment to the Northern Ireland market and the high regard with which we hold the business community in the region. Last year's event, our first, was a fantastic occasion recognising business leaders, leading lights of industry, innovators and future stars."

"Being part of Northern Ireland’s business community is very important to us. We have a dedicated presence in Belfast and help connect our business and corporate customers with more than 150 markets, offering double daily direct flights to Dubai with great onward connections to markets where people are doing business. We are very much looking forward to the 2017 awards and wish all entrants the very best of luck."

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Business Eye Emirates UTV Visit belfast First Trust Bank MCS Group ISL Waste Management U105 SAP Harbinson Mulholland Simply Zesty Charles Hurst Simply Zesty Finlay Wealth Management LLP Thales UK

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