THE deadline for entering the Beyond Business Awards 2013, sponsored by Walter Watson, is fast approaching, with just days left to compete for one of the prestigious awards.
Any business based in Down District can enter one or more of eight award categories, which include Best New Business (sponsored by Crossgar Food Service), Best Export Business (sponsored by Invest NI), Best Use of IT, Best Social Enterprise, Training and People Development (sponsored by SERC), Employee of the Year and the Dermot Curran Young Achiever Award. A new award category for this year is Best Innovation (sponsored by McCadden).
Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Mickey Coogan said: “The Beyond Business Awards are relevant for all kinds of business, of every size and in every sector. We are looking forward to seeing entries that highlight the extraordinary diversity and talent in our district.
“We are particularly keen to see entries from businesses who have never entered before and we hope that the new category ‘Best Innovation’ will attract some of the well established businesses that make up the backbone of our business community.
“We are especially delighted to announce local steel stockholding company, Walter Watson as our main Business Week sponsor and welcome award supporters Invest NI, Crossgar Food Service, McCadden and the South Eastern Regional College (SERC) aboard for what promises to be the best Beyond Business Awards yet.”
Mark Bleakney, Invest NI’s Southern Regional Manager said: “Invest NI is committed to working with Down District Council to ensure the Beyond Business Awards continue to go from strength to strength. We believe these Awards remain a core part of developing the local economy and honouring local business achievements.”
The closing date for entries is Friday 29 March 2013.
A full list of award criteria and application forms, are available now at www.beyondni.co.uk
Funded by Down District Council and Invest Northern Ireland, Beyond Business Week is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.