Launching the 2015 UTV Business Eye Awards at UTV Studios in Belfast were (l-r) Michael Wilson, Managing Director of UTV Television; Phil Delaney, Flybe's Director of Sales & Marketing and Business Eye's Richard Buckley.


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Business Eye has joined forces with UTV for the ninth consecutive year to launch the UTV Business Eye Awards 2015 alongside lead sponsors Flybe.

Another memorable awards evening is planned for the slightly later date of Thursday 26th November 2015 at the Culloden Estate & Spa to honour the high achievers of the Northern Ireland business community. As in previous years, both leading individuals and companies will be recognised on the night.

Hundreds of entries are anticipated across a revised line-up of 16 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, and Irish News Business Editor Gary McDonald.

Last year's awards ceremony named Lisburn-based Decora Blind Systems as Northern Ireland's Company of the Year, with other key winners on the night including corporation tax campaigner Eamonn Donaghy of KPMG (Business Personality of the Year); The Rug House (SME Award); Lidl (Retailer of the Year) and Wilson's Country (Agri Food Award).

The closing date for entries will be Friday, 23rd October, 2015 and judging will take place shortly afterwards. Companies can enter online by visiting

Richard Buckley, Editor of Business Eye says: “These Awards have grown phenomenally over the past number of years, and now that the economy is very clearly on the upward track, we're expecting an even better year in 2015. 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 16 different categories.”

Phil Delaney, Director of Sales & Marketing at 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 November.”

Michael Wilson, Managing Director UTV says: “The fact that the UTV Business Eye Awards are already into their ninth year is an amazing achievement and testament to how important they are in recognising the strengths and successes across Northern Ireland's business community. UTV is delighted to once again partner with Business Eye and Flybe for these awards and we look forward to featuring the nominees and winners on UTV Live, UTV Live Tonight and”

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Business Eye UTV Legacy wealth Fly Be MOL Visit belfast Charles Hurst B2B First Trust Bank Foresight & Horizon Scanning Unit A&L Goodbody Tesco 4C Recruitment Electric Ireland Flo Gas

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