Ul­ster bank sup­ports busi­ness awards

We’re proud to un­veil a new spon­sor as the Belfast Tele­graph Busi­ness Awards en­ter their fif­teenth year, says Mar­garet Can­ning

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Front Page - BY MAR­GARET CAN­NING

UL­STER Bank has been un­veiled as spon­sor of the 2017 Belfast Tele­graph Busi­ness Awards, which are open for entries from to­day.

And there are three new cat­e­gories for the 2017 Belfast Tele­graph Busi­ness awards in part­ner­ship with Ul­ster Bank: IT Com­pany or Team of the Year, Emerg­ing Busi­ness/start Up of the Year, and SME Health­care Busi­ness of the Year.

Richard Don­nan, Ul­ster Bank head in North­ern Ire­land, said: “Part­ner­ing with the Belfast Tele­graph Busi­ness Awards is an­other ex­pres­sion of Ul­ster Bank’s com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing the North­ern Ire­land busi­ness com­mu­nity.

“The awards are a well-es­tab­lished plat­form for cel­e­brat­ing the achieve­ments of lo­cal com­pa­nies, and we are re­ally pleased, with the Belfast Tele­graph, to be ex­pand­ing the cat­e­gories this year. As a bank that is ac­tive and sup­port­ive in each of th­ese ar­eas, we know well that there are fan­tas­tic busi­nesses do­ing in­no­va­tive things who should have a plat­form to be recog­nised.”

Ul­ster Bank is to part­ner with the Belfast Tele­graph for this year’s Busi­ness Awards, now in their fif­teenth year. The Belfast Tele­graph Busi­ness Awards, in part­ner­ship with Ul­ster Bank, are now open for en­try, with three new cat­e­gories an­nounced for this year’s awards, which will take place dur­ing a glit­ter­ing cer­e­mony at the Crowne Plaza, Belfast on Thurs­day, May 4.

Com­pa­nies across North­ern Ire­land can en­ter across 11 cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing three new ad­di­tions — IT Com­pany or Team of the Year, Emerg­ing Busi­ness/ Start-up of the Year and SME Health­care Busi­ness of the Year.

Richard Don­nan, Ul­ster Bank Head of North­ern Ire­land, said: “At Ul­ster Bank, we’re op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture of busi­ness in North­ern Ire­land, we’re com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing that, and we have money to lend.

“We think there’s no bet­ter way of com­mu­ni­cat­ing this to the mar­ket­place than by sup­port­ing the Belfast Tele­graph Busi­ness Awards.

“We’re do­ing deals in a wide and di­verse range of sec­tors such as food and drink, re­tail, ho­tels, health­care and IT, so we know there are many busi­nesses with good things to shout about.

“We look for­ward to work­ing closely with the Belfast Tele­graph, to recog­nise and cel­e­brate North­ern Ire­land’s out­stand­ing com­pa­nies and busi­ness­peo­ple.”

Richard Mc­clean, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Belfast Tele­graph, said: “We’re thrilled that Ul­ster Bank is part­ner­ing with us and are over­all spon­sor for the Busi­ness Awards in its fif­teenth year.

“Th­ese awards, which have gone from strength to strength, are a great op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal com­pa­nies of all sizes and from all sec­tors to shine a light on their suc­cesses and with three brand new cat­e­gories the scope for en­try will be even wider.

“We fea­ture lots of lo­cal busi­nesses in our daily busi­ness pages, but we know there are many more achiev­ing great things so we’re urg­ing them to come for­ward and en­ter the Belfast Tele­graph Ul­ster Bank Busi­ness Awards to tell us what they are achiev­ing both at home and fur­ther afield.

“Our team of highly re­garded judges is look­ing for­ward to hear­ing all about it.”

Last year’s over­all win­ner of the awards was Mal­lusk-based, fam­ily owned com­pany the Hen­der­son Group, which also won the Ex­cel­lence in In­no­va­tion award, while other win­ners in­cluded Ground Es­presso Bars, Gal­gorm Re­sort and Spa, AJ Power and Up­stream.

Richard Mc­clean, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Belfast Tele­graph, Busi­ness Tele­graph ed­i­tor Mar­garet Can­ning, and Richard Don­nan, Ul­ster Bank head in North­ern Ire­land

Con­leth and Naoimh Mcconville with their fa­ther Brian Mcconville, named Busi­nessper­son of the Year at last year’s awards

From left: Richard Mc­clean, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Belfast Tele­graph; Mar­garet Can­ning, busi­ness ed­i­tor; Richard Don­nan, Ul­ster Bank head of North­ern Ire­land

Martin Agnew from Hen­der­son Group, win­ner of Over­all Busi­ness of the Year, 2016

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