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Aer Lingus business awards take off as entries open for 2018

The 10th annual Aer Lingus annual business awards are now open for entry, with high flying businesses across Northern Ireland invited to enter across eight diverse categories
Cabin crew member Lyndsey Minford and Aer Lingus Business Development Manager Andrea Hunter.

The 10th annual Aer Lingus annual business awards are now open for entry, with high flying businesses across Northern Ireland invited to enter across eight diverse categories.

Rebranded from the Viscount Awards to the ‘Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Business Awards’, the key aim of the programme remains the same; to recognise and reward some of the most outstanding organisations and individuals in the country.

The deadline for entries is 16th March, and all shortlisted companies will be flown from George Best Belfast City Airport to London courtesy of Aer Lingus to celebrate together at an awards ceremony at the IoD headquarters on Pall Mall in May 2018.

Head Judge and Business Development Manager of Aer Lingus in Northern Ireland, Andrea Hunter said: “We’re excited that the awards have a brand new look and feel this year, bringing them under the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation banner.

“The TakeOff Foundation is our CSR programme; a key strand of the which is supporting businesses across Ireland through a number of initiatives; and so the awards fit perfectly given they’re designed to celebrate and champion local firms.

“We’re very excited to have reached 10 years of our business awards, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of Aer Lingus establishing a Belfast base.

“The very fact that we created this programme so soon after entering the market demonstrates the confidence we have in Northern Irish businesses; many of whom are competing amongst the very best on a global scale.

“Having participated on the judging panel for several years, I have been amazed at what some of our local companies are doing – and it’s not just the ‘big’ players either, there are some incredible small businesses, who are innovating and delivering world class goods and services.

“This year will be no different, and I’d encourage any of you reading this who are thinking ‘we’re pretty good at what we do’, to get your entry in. It’s a great way to benchmark yourself against other successful companies, and of course to gain a bit of recognition and celebrate a job well done,” she added.

Since first launching in 2008, Aer Lingus’ business awards have celebrated in excess of 100 of Northern Ireland’s best businesses.

Judged by a panel of esteemed figures from business organisations and media in Northern Ireland, the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Business Awards are considered one of the premier events on the professional calendar.

Last year’s winners included The Deluxe Group, Equi-Nutritive, CDEnviro, MJM Group, Babocush, Mount Charles, John Toner (WIS Group) and Allstate.

The categories are as follows:

• Innovation of the Year Award
• Exporter of The Year Award
• Best SME Award
• Best Business Start-Up Award
• Business Person of the Year Award
• Fast Growth Business Award
• Excellence in Marketing Award*
• Lifetime Achievement Award**
• The Overall Excellence Award

*New category for 2018
** Chosen by the judges

For entry forms and further information, visit aerlingusbusinessawards.com.

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