Let us be your link to win­ning big at the Busi­ness Awards

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Business Awards - BY JOHN SIMP­SON John Simp­son is chair­man of the panel of judges in the Belfast Tele­graph Busi­ness Awards in part­ner­ship with Ul­ster Bank Full de­tails on how to en­ter are avail­able at www.belfast­tele­graph.co.uk/busi­ness/news/busi­ness-awards. The clos­ing da

Good busi­nesses do not de­velop with­out ef­fort, skill and sat­is­fy­ing their cus­tomers. In North­ern Ire­land there are many busi­nesses grow­ing stronger in their mar­ket­place — more than is usu­ally ac­knowl­edged. Many are un­sung but can gain greater recog­ni­tion, at­tract more cus­tomers and demon­strate that mix of qual­ity, per­for­mance and rep­u­ta­tion that gives en­dur­ing suc­cess.

Get­ting a Belfast Tele­graph Busi­ness Award — as we run the awards in part­ner­ship with Ul­ster Bank — is a well-pub­li­cised en­dorse­ment of the achieve­ments of a busi­ness. To­gether with pho­to­graphs and news­pa­per re­ports, it of­fers an in­valu­able base for widely ac­knowl­edged and in­de­pen­dent rep­u­ta­tional en­hance­ment. To be able to claim that your busi­ness re­ceived an award in 2017 as among the best for in­no­va­tion, or IT, or ex­ports, or man­age­ment and lead­er­ship, is a wel­come en­dorse­ment which mer­its rep­e­ti­tion.

News­pa­pers and other media out­lets have a ca­pac­ity to stim­u­late the in­ter­est of their read­ers and view­ers on a daily ba­sis, not al­ways re­port­ing good news. Busi­ness awards are good news.

There is an ob­vi­ous ten­sion in mak­ing a de­ci­sion to en­ter these awards. Yes, it is an ef­fort to make the ef­fort. Mak­ing the ef­fort to tell the judges what you al­ready know about your­selves could seem rep­e­ti­tious. But, what you al­ready know is known only to a few closely in­volved peo­ple. Would you like to make sure that the much wider news­pa­per au­di­ence has a bet­ter ap­pre­ci­a­tion of your en­deav­ours and suc­cesses? North­ern Ire­land has a grow­ing num­ber of suc­cess­ful achiev­ers in a di­verse range of busi­nesses, many suc­ceed­ing qui­etly and with lit­tle ac­knowl­edge­ment. Your busi­ness could stay in that shel­tered and un­seen haven. A small ef­fort to come ‘up­front’ can be re­ward­ing and stim­u­lat­ing. Busi­ness does not need to be the home for shrink­ing vi­o­lets.

This year, as the Belfast Tele­graph Busi­ness Awards re­flect the in­creas­ing di­ver­sity of busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties, the judges are looking for en­tries from ad­di­tional spe­cialisms. The search is on for the busi­nesses which are best in ap­ply­ing dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy or de­vel­op­ing the so­cial media. Other busi­nesses are in­vited to bid as of­fer­ing the best IT com­pany or team. And, fac­ing a chang­ing world, we want to hear from the SME which is con­tribut­ing to health­care.

The busi­ness awards are open to a more di­verse range of busi­nesses than ever be­fore. Do you have a busi­ness that would qual­ify as a no­table start-up, or emerg­ing ven­ture? Go to the web and down­load the de­tails.

Our panel of judges re­flects a range of skills and in­volve­ment that al­lows us to make a well in­formed as­sess­ment of busi­nesses that send an ap­pli­ca­tion. My col­leagues come from or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Belfast Met, Cat­a­lyst-inc, the North­ern Ire­land Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, Deloitte, PWC, Ul­ster Univer­sity and Ul­ster Bank. Busi­nesses mak­ing ap­pli­ca­tions will put these judges on test. Do we re­ally have a large num­ber of ‘ best in class’ peo­ple who are ready to com­pete in this chal­leng­ing, stim­u­lat­ing and friendly en­vi­ron­ment?

En­tries do not need to be com­pli­cated. Tell us about your busi- ness in sim­ple per­sua­sive terms. We are ready to be your link to a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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

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