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There are 16 planned categories for the Awards. Entry information requirements are explained under each category. To enter a category, simply complete the specific online form and submit.


Business Personality of the Year Award

The Northern-Ireland based business personality who in the opinion of the judging panel has contributed most to the local business sector and the local economy as a whole in the last 12 months.

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Company of the Year

The Northern Ireland-based private sector company which has made the biggest positive impact across the spectrum over the past 12 month period in the view of the judges….for reasons which may include business and/or employment growth, acquisitions or other deals, export achievement, etc.

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Business Marketing Award

Open to companies in all sectors of the local business community, this award sets out to recognise and showcase the organisation which best uses marketing - including advertising, PR or the strategic use of digital platforms and social media to enhance business performance across the board.

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Young Business Personality of the Year

This brand new category sets out to identify the achievements of Northern Ireland’s young (35 years old or under) entrepreneurs and business leaders, with entrants able to demonstrate clear achievement and dynamism in their chosen field.

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International Award

This award is open to organisations trading internationally from Northern Ireland, and will recognise the most important achievement/contribution by such a company outside of Northern Ireland during the period, whether in terms of export sales, overseas expansionm/investment or acquisition.

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Tourism / Hospitality Project of the Year

The individual project within Northern Ireland which, in the view of the panel, has done most to raise standards in the hospitality industry and to attract more tourists to the region.

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Employer of the Year

The Northern Ireland company or organisation which, in the view of the judges, has done the most to create a balanced, satisfying and fulfilling working environment for its employees.

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Fast Growth Business of the Year

The Northern Ireland-based business of any size which can demonstrate a substantial growth in sales/turnover and/or employment levels over the past 12-18 months.

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SME of the Year

The small to medium-sized enterprise (up to 100 employees) which, in the opinion of the judges, can demonstrate significant business growth over the past year to 18 months across any sector of the local economy.

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Research & Development Project of the Year

Open to companies and organisations which can show clear evidence of an innovative research and development project either on an in-house basis or on behalf of clients.

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Best Digital/Online Company of The Year

The company or organisation which has demonstrated the most successful and most innovative use of online/digital technology to advance its business aims. Entrants can include organisations which have successfully adapted to online/digital from more traditional foundations as well as pure online/digital enterprises.

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Agri Food Innovation Award

A new award category reflecting the strength and growth of the Northern Ireland agri-food and food processing sectors. The awards sets out to recognise the organisation which can demonstrate outstanding innovation in a sector where innovation is crucial to business sector. This can apply to new product innovation, innovation in manufacturing process or innovation in product marketing. Evidence of commerical success or commercial potential as a resuilt of innovation should be demonstrated.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award will honour a leading personality from the wider Northern Ireland business community who has made a significant and lasting contribution to business and the economy in the region.

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Most Innovative Company of the Year

With innovation at the heart of many NI-based enterprises, this award sets out to recognise the organisation which, in the view of the judges, exemplifies best practice in product and/or service innovation.

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Waste Reduction Project of the Year

Aimed at the increasing number of local companies making a contribution to the environment by reducing commercial and industrial waste. Entrants must outline evidence of how substantial waste reduction has been achieved by a single project over the past 12 months.

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Outstanding Leadership & Management Award

A new award recognising exemplary leadership and/or management as demonstrated by a leading individual or by a management team. The achievements of the organisation and the contribution of the specific manager or team must be clearly demonstrated.

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Family Business of the Year Awards

Sets out to showcase the very best of family businesses, a large and extremely important part of the wider Northern Ireland economy. The category is open to all family-owned organisations, irrespective of their size of business sector, and the judging panel will consider how family values have been applied in the growth, development and everyday management of each.

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