Posted on Monday 14 February 2011 by Ulster Business

Allianz Arts Business Young People Award

Allianz Arts & Business Young People Award (L-R): Paul McCann, Allianz; Vanessa Postle, Community Affairs Manager, Northern Bank; Rhonda Gibson, External Relations Manager, Northern Bank; Paul McEneaney and Victoria Vettese, Cahoots NI; Mary Trainor-Nagele, Director Arts & Business and Rosemary Kelly, Chairman, Arts & Council NI

Creativity and innovation led the way at BBC Blackstaff Studio in Belfast as five businesses, two individuals and one arts organisation celebrated their success at the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2011.

The Awards showcase examples of excellence and the delivery of tangible business benefits with winning partnerships coming from across the spectrum of Northern Ireland business and arts sectors. The importance of a sustained level of investment in the creative development of young people saw the Northern Bank & Cahoots NI partnership lift the Allianz Arts & Business Young People Award, while Cahoots also scooped the coveted Arts Awards, which is accompanied by cash prize. Davy Northern Ireland collected the Allianz Arts & Business Cultural Branding Award for the Davy Portrait Awards, a significant arts project with cultural branding at its very heart. Mark Carruthers from BBC NI won the Allianz Arts & Business Professional Development Award for his voluntary work with the Lyric Theatre through his membership of the Lyric Board. Alan Stewart from Patton Group collected the Business Individual of the Year Award for his hard work and dedication in supporting the arts sector. Recognising the success of all the partnerships, Mary Trainor-Nagele, Director of Arts & Business Northern Ireland said: "These projects show remarkable creativity and energy and are shining examples of what is possible through arts and business partnerships working together." The importance of continued private sector support for the arts was reinforced by Rosemary Kelly OBE, Chairman of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. "It is our hope that these awards will inspire more local companies to forge meaningful links with arts organisations, working together to deliver new creative projects and tangible business results," she said.

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