Posted on Thursday 26 January 2017 by ub digital

Time running out for viscount entries

Business Development Manager for Aer Lingus Andrea Hunter and Ulster Business editor David Elliott urge companies to get their entries in to the 2017 Aer Lingus Viscount Awards in association with Ulster Business

Time is running out to get entries in for the Aer Lingus Viscount Awards, in association with Ulster Business.

Businesses are being urged to beat the deadline of 5pm this Friday 24th March.

It is the ninth year of the awards, which opened for entry across nine diverse categories earlier this year, and once again promises to draw interest from the most exciting businesses on these shores.

While political stability might be hard to find around the globe at present, Northern Ireland companies continue to show that we have an excess of entrepreneurial talent, both at company and at individual level.

Former award winners include Gilbert Ash, Hunter Apparel, Firstsource Solutions and Kestrel Foods, all companies which continue to forge a prosperous path in their respective fields.

The Viscounts were established to recognise and reward those companies and individuals which are generating lucrative economic ties between Northern Ireland and the rest of the world. The judges are looking for the generators of economic wealth, the innovators and the business people with the drive and ambition which allows them to seek out new ways of doing business across the globe.

This year the awards will concentrate on finding the very best of our indigenous businesses. Our 10 strong judging panel is now on the hunt once again for the most exciting, dynamic and fast growing companies from a range of sectors.

Viscount Awards judge Tracy Meharg from Invest NI, explained what she is looking for in an award entry.

“I am very pleased to be part of the judging panel of the Aer Lingus Viscount Awards which recognise and highlight the great businesses which we have in Northern Ireland,” she said.

“There are many businesses here at the forefront of innovation, competing successfully on the global stage, and investing in the skills of their people.

Colin Walsh, CEO of Crescent Capital, the Belfast-based venture capital fund manager, is a long-standing judge of the Viscount Awards and knows a good award entry when he sees one.

“These companies are great role models for others and I would encourage them to enter these awards to highlight their success and achievements.”

Brexit and the latest shenanigans at Stormont have definitely created significant uncertainty for many of Northern Ireland’s business leaders, however real entrepreneurs thrive in disruptive environments. He was confident of another round of outstanding entries.

“I fully expect to see this year’s applicants in the Viscount Awards bringing us interesting propositions that look beyond these shores to succeed in the new economic conditions we find ourselves in.” ■

Entries to the Aer Lingus Viscount Awards are invited in nine categories:

Best Business Start Up
Best SME
Business Person of the Year
Employee Champion
Exporter of the Year
Fast Growth Business
Innovation of the Year
Lifetime Achievement
Overall Excellence

The deadline for submissions is Friday 24th March at 5pm and the awards luncheon will take place on Wednesday 24th May at the loD, Pall Mall, London. For entry forms and further information visit the website www.viscountawards.ulsterbusiness.com

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