Chamber launches Business Awards after challenging year

Belfast Chamber has today officially launched its 2021 Business Awards.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 7:00 am
Simon Hamilton, CEO of Belfast Chamber with Paul McClurg, Head of Belfast Business Banking at Bank of Ireland UK

The Awards, are now in their sixth year and have become a benchmark of business excellence in the city, are sponsored by Bank of Ireland UK, and will take place on Friday, October 22 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Shaw’s Bridge.

Spanning 22 categories ranging from Business Success and New Business Idea or Service, to Green Champion and Best Company to Work For, the event seeks to showcase the very best of Belfast business in what has been a challenging year.

Belfast Chamber Chief Executive Simon Hamilton said: “It has been a year like no other. Businesses in Belfast have been tested and challenged in unprecedented ways. But they’ve done what they always done and responded with their customary strength and spirit and shown unbelievable agility and resilience. The 2021 Belfast Chamber Business Awards are all about acknowledging the best of Belfast business in what has been an immensely challenging year.

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“Our awards will recognise those businesses who have gone above and beyond to support their staff and the local community during the past 12 months as well as acknowledging that innate ability to adapt and innovate that businesses in our city possess in abundance.

“Belfast Chamber is proud of the businesses in our city who keep developing new products and services, who have used technology to make a massive difference to people’s lives and who just keep going no matter what the circumstances. Those qualities that make Belfast business stand out so much are worth recognising and that’s what the Belfast Chamber Business Awards will do.

“We would encourage business from across our city to go to, look at the various categories and enter for free online. We are really looking forward to coming together on 22 October to applaud the best in Belfast business.”

Paul McClurg, Head of Belfast Business Banking at Bank of Ireland UK continued: “Bank of Ireland UK are proud to sponsor the Belfast Chamber Business Awards 2021 continuing our collaboration for sixth consecutive year. We understand the challenges businesses have faced over the last 12 months and continue to navigate as we emerge from the pandemic but we very much champion recognition of the hard work, resilience, creativity and innovation of local businesses. We have witnessed first-hand how many have adapted, transformed and diversified to meet the rapid changes in policy, customer behaviour, expectations and culture in the last 12 months. Many have accelerated digitalisation, introduced new ways of working and increased strategic focus on sustainability and in doing so have explored new opportunities resulting in innovation, survival and in many cases enabling them to thrive.

“Belfast has a central role to play in the recovery of the economy of Northern Ireland, and we are proud to once again help, support and recognise the work that has been done over the past 12 months.

“We believe there is a window of opportunity, which the business community in Belfast will seize and are committed to supporting businesses to move forward and emerge stronger with the Belfast Business Awards providing an invaluable opportunity to help your organisation do this.

“I would encourage all businesses of every size and sector to enter. There has never been a more important time to showcase your business and the team’s achievements and ambition.”

If you are interested in entering the Belfast Chamber Business Awards 2021 visit Entry deadline is midnight, Friday, September 3.

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