There are eight categories to choose from, each looking at performance over the past 12 months. More details on each award can be found below.
A ninth award for Lifetime Achievement will be chosen at the discretion of the judging panel.
To enter, please fill out the online submission form. Please note you are also required to upload a high resolution jpeg of your company logo.
The deadline for entries is strictly 5pm on 16th March 2018.
The judges’ decision is final and no feedback can be given on individual entries.
Innovation of the Year Award
This award honours the company that can demonstrate the successful development of an innovative product, process or service, or a new way of working. The entry must include a clear written description of the development (Layman’s terms as far as possible).
Exporter of the Year Award
The Exporter of the Year Award is given to the company that best demonstrates how, in the last 12 months, it has increased export sales, with a clear commitment to expanding their business outside of Northern Ireland.
Best SME Award
We will recognise the SME that is deemed to have excelled in all functions of their business during in the last year. The winner of this award will have shown significant commitment to producing and marketing a successful product or service.
We consider an SME to have a turnover of no more than £15 million.
Best Business Start-up Award
The Best Business Start-Up Award recognises the company that has displayed a strategic approach to business, who can demonstrate the successful implementation of that strategy and that has good prospects for the future.
We consider a start-up company to have been in business for up to five years.
Business Person of the Year Award
This award will acknowledge the person who has achieved significant business success in the past 12 months, showing strong leadership skills and business acumen.
Entries can be for an individual running his or her own business or occupying a role within an organisation.
Fast Growth Business Award
The Fast Growth Business Award will be given to the company that is profitable and growing fast. The winner will have plans in place to build on current success and will have achieved exceptional growth in areas such as sales, turnover and employee headcount in the last three years.
Excellence in Marketing Award
The award for Excellence in Marketing will reward the company who can best demonstrate the delivery of a high impact campaign that met the objectives set at the outset.
Overall Excellence Award
The award for Overall Excellence will honour the company that the judges feel have achieved outstanding success throughout all parts of their business in the last 12 months.
Lifetime Achievement Award
There is no entry form for the Lifetime Achievement Award as this will be decided upon at the discretion of the judges. However, if you would like to submit a name for consideration please email firstname.lastname@example.org