15 February 2011

Only a few days are left now to enter the Belfast Business Awards which will celebrate the fine achievements and success stories of the business community in the city.

Belfast City Council will host the prestigious event in the City Hall on Thursday 14 April with 21 awards up for grabs in recognition of the fine work of business enterprises, retail outlets and businessmen and women from across the city. The Belfast Business Awards are supported by Belfast City Centre Management (BCCM) and Victoria Square is the principal sponsor of the awards this year.

The closing date for entries to the awards is 4pm on Friday 18 February. Among the awards` categories are ‘Best New Business`, ‘Best Green Business`, ‘Best International Trade Business`, ‘Best Creative Business` and ‘Best Manufacturing Business`.

Accolades will also be bestowed for the ‘Best City Hotel` in Belfast, the ‘Best Restaurant`, ‘Best Café/Coffee Shop` This year there will also be three new categories – the ‘Customer Service Excellence in the Professional Service Award` the ‘Embracing the Belfast Brand Award`and the ‘Belfast Champion Award`

Councillor Conor Maskey, Chairman of Belfast City Council` Development Committee, said: “The Belfast Business Awards will give local businesses a unique opportunity to gain recognition for the excellent contribution they make towards the overall development of our city.

“I would call on businesses from across the city to get their entries in for the awards as soon as they can. Simply getting though to the final will raise an organisation`s profile amongst its peers but just as important is the huge boost it will give to internal morale. To win an award will be a mark of quality that will bring real prestige to that individual business.”

Hugh Black, Centre Manager of Victoria Square, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the prestigious Belfast Business Awards as lead sponsor, following the success of the previous year`s awards. These awards are unique in recognising and presenting businesses with the opportunity to gain recognition for the excellent contribution they make towards the overall development of our city.”

Ruth Ellen Logan, owner of local business The Beauty Company, won two awards at the Belfast Business Awards last year for ‘Best Young Business Person`and ‘Best Business Expansion`

She said: “These awards are not only great for independent businesses like mine but for Belfast as a whole. Never has it been more important to recognise achievements and instil confidence back in the city. On a personal note, it was excellent for me to be awarded in front of my peers and it not only raised the profile of The Beauty Company but boosted morale within our close team”.

Entry forms can be obtained from the official website www.belfastbusinessawards.com. You can enter online or contact partner organiser Belfast City Centre Management on 028 9024 2111 for an application form.

Completed forms should be posted to Belfast Business Awards c/o BCCM, Sinclair House, 95-101 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1FE. Entry is free.

Tickets are also now on sale for the black-tie Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday 14 April at Belfast City Hall. For bookings, please the enquiry line on 028 9024 2111.