Launching the 2014 UTV Business Eye Awards at UTV Studios in Belfast are (l-r) Orla McKibbin, Communications Director at UTV Media; Paul Simmons, Chief Commercial Officer, Flybe and Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye.

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NORTHERN IRELAND'S PREMIER BUSINESS AWARDS LAUNCHED FOR 2014

Business Eye has joined forces with UTV for the eighth consecutive year to launch the UTV Business Eye Awards 2014 alongside lead sponsors Flybe

Another memorable awards evening is planned for Thursday 23rd October 2014 at the Culloden Estate & Spa to honour the high achievers of the Northern Ireland business community. Both leading individuals and companies will be recognised on the night.

Hundreds of entries are anticipated across an expanded 17 different categories and the winners in each case will be chosen by a panel of judges including Flybe's Regional Manager North, Andrea Hayes, UTV's Business Editor Jamie Delargy, Business Eye Editor Richard Buckley, Irish News Business Editor Gary McDonald and Richard Sherriff, Business Correspondent of the News Letter.

Last year's awards ceremony named private medical group 3FiveTwo as Northern Ireland's Company of the Year, with other key winners on the night including Eleanor McEvoy of Budget Energy (Business Personality of the Year); Elmgove Foods (SME Award); Lidl (Retailer of the Year) and Lagan Construction (International Award).

The closing date for entries will be Friday, 26th September, 2014 and judging will take place shortly afterwards. Companies can enter online by visiting utvawards.businesseye.co.uk.

Richard Buckley, Editor of Business Eye says: “These Awards have grown phenomenally over the past seven years, and now that the economy is on the upward track, we're expecting an even better year in 2014. We're delighted to be working with UTV and our lead sponsors Flybe this year.

"There is always a real appetite for celebrating the achievement of our leading companies as well as our top business leaders, and we're confident that this year's entries will once again be very strong right across the 17 different categories.""

Paul Simmons, Chief Commercial Officer of Flybe, comments: "We're delighted to continue the lead sponsorship of Northern Ireland's premier business awards.

"We fly more business passengers to and from George Best Belfast City Airport than any other airline and have been serving the needs of the business community here for over thirty years. As the leading airline operating out of GBBCA our aim is to provide optimal connectivity to convenient destinations at competitive prices.

"Flybe's ongoing commitment to Northern Ireland is further highlighted by our sponsorship of these awards which have become an integral part of the local business calendar. We're looking forward to playing an active role in this year's Awards from judging to the Gala Night in October.”

Michael Wilson, Managing Director UTV says: ""UTV is delighted to once again partner with Business Eye and FlyBe for these awards which recognise the top business people and companies from across Northern Ireland and celebrate their achievements. We look forward to featuring the awards on UTV Live, UTV Live Tonight and u.tv."

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