Scene set for Annual Chamber Awards
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry officially launched the eleventh annual Chamber Awards today by inviting firms to showcase their talents and achievements through a series of regional heats, culminating in a national final in London.
Local businesses from all sectors can enter nine categories, covering people development; manufacturing; sustainability; international business; innovation; technology; young people; and entrepreneurship.
The awards will be demonstrating the very best of business from across the Province, highlighting the positive contribution that businesses make to the UK economy and to society as a whole.
The Northern Ireland winners will then go on to compete against the winners from 11 other regions across the UK and stand the chance of being crowned the overall UK winner.
The full list of categories this year is:
· Small Business of the Year
· Commitment to People Development
· Manufacturer of the Year
· The Sustainability Award
· Entrepreneur of the Year
· Achievement in International Business
· Excellence in Innovation
· Best use of Technology to Improve Business Performance
· Young Person in Business Award
Kevin Kingston, Vice-President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “Businesses from across Northern Ireland are finding innovative ways to grow, create jobs and wealth, and are continuing to drive the economic recovery forward.
“We are hearing so many stories from dynamic companies about how they are making a positive contribution to their local communities, and finding new markets for their products and services at home and abroad. The annual Chamber Awards celebrate these success stories, and highlights the excellence of local businesses.”
Last year The Workspace Group became the first Northern Ireland winner of a UK Chamber Award with highly commended UK awards also going to ShredBank for Excellence in Marketing and to Employers For Childcare Charitable Group CEO, Marie Marin, for Outstanding Personal Achievement.
Adele McIvor, Corporate Services Manager at the Workspace Group, said: “For The Workspace Group to win the award with the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and then an overall UK award with the British Chambers of Commerce is a real privilege and a wonderful endorsement of how hard our team has worked to achieve our goals.
“It is great to be recognised for our dedication to delivering the best service to our customers while also striving to improve the efficiency and environmental impact of our work. We continually endeavour to have a positive impact on the communities in which we work in and this is encapsulated by our mission statement ‘Passionate about Business, Delivering to our Community’.”
The closing date for entries is Friday 27 June 2014 with entrants being assessed and then declared a winner at regional level on 22 September 2014. The national final will take place on 27 November 2014 at the Pavilion at the Tower of London.
To enter online, go to www.chamberawards.co.uk or for further information you can contact Christopher Morrow, Communications Manager at NI Chamber on 3 or email .