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20 Years of Celebrating Business Success

Business Achievers Awards

Ulster Bank is calling on SMEs across the island of Ireland to enter the 20th Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards. The awards are open to businesses across all sectors and entries are submitted via Ulster Bank’s Business Achievers Awards website –

Speaking about the awards, chairperson of the national judging panel, founder of Lily O’Brien’s and the Jack and Jill Foundation, Senator MaryAnn O’Brien, said: “I am delighted to chair the national judging panel for the 20thanniversary of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards. This is a fantastic awards programme which has been rewarding SME success and providing the opportunity to generate brand exposure, for 20 years. The long list of previous winners is littered with many successful companies that won awards in their infancy and have gone on to become strong, household names. I look forward to being inspired by the dynamic business and entrepreneurship stories that exist all over the country.”

Also speaking about the awards, Ellvena Graham, Managing Director of SME Banking at Ulster Bank, said: Over the past 19 years, hundreds of businesses have passed through our awards programme. It’s alumni includes business people and household names from all sectors – such as Glenisk Foods, Mcor Technologies, PM Group, Glenilen Farm, The Sofa Factory, Saba Restaurant, and Tayto Park.”

“Ulster Bank has always been at the heart of the business community across Ireland – providing support from start-up phase right through to global expansion. We strive to support SMEs as they are integral to Ireland’s economic development. They support local commerce and provide both direct and indirect employment. This year’s awards are about celebrating their achievements and the achievements of all of the companies that have entered the awards over the past two decades. We are delighted to be celebrating this milestone year  and to have Senator O’Brien as our chair. We look forward to exploring and recognising some of Ireland’s finest businesses and entrepreneurs.” Ms Graham added.

The overall winner will receive a comprehensive prize package including a €50,000 publishing bursary with the Irish Independent, business mentoring from Enterprise Ireland, a full-service communications workshop, as well as national and regional media exposure.

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