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Chamber Business Awards

Businesses from across Northern Ireland are invited to compete in the fourteenth annual Chamber Business Awards – hosted by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

 A full list of categories is as follows:

  • High Growth Business of the Year
  • Education and Business Partnership
  • Small Business of the Year
  • Export Business of the Year
  • Commitment to People Development
  • Best use of Technology
  • Excellence in Customer Service
  • Health and Wellbeing - NEW
  • Best use of Social Media - NEW

The closing date for entries is Friday 30 June 2017 with entrants being assessed and then declared a winner at regional level on 25 September 2017. 

Businesses can enter the awards online at www.chamberawards.co.uk or for further information you can email [email protected] or follow @NIChamber and @chamber_awards on Twitter.

Prince's Trust Northern Ireland Enterprise programme

80,000 people have started a business with Prince’s Trust support…could you be next?

Who is the Enterprise Programme for?

Young people aged 18 to 30 who are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week.

What does the Enterprise programme offer?

  • Free 4 day Enterprise Course covering Business start-up, skills training and Business planning support;
  • Test marketing grants of up to £250 (to help you test your business idea);
  • Potential start-up loan funding up to £5,000 (conditions apply);
  • Small business grants in special circumstances
  • Up to 2 years support from a volunteer business mentor

Information Sessions will take place at:

Cookstown: Wednesday 24th May 2017, Cookstown Library, 11am

Dungannon: Wednesday 31st May 2017, Dungannon Library, 11am

An Enterprise Course will occur between 6th June- 9th June at Dungannon Library

The Prince’s Trust will reimburse travel costs to and from the Information Session and Enterprise Course

To register your interest, Text “Call me” to 07983 385 418.  Call for free on 0800 842 842

For more information please email: [email protected] 

Access Expertise to develop your business with Invest NI

What could a £5,000 Innovation Voucher do for your business?

An Innovation Voucher provides funding to small and medium sized businesses to work with an expert Knowledge Provider from a University, College or other Public Sector Research Body bringing new knowledge to help businesses innovate, develop and grow.

Typical projects we support include:

  • Ideas for new or improved products, processes and services
  • Access to information and expertise on new materials
  • Tapping into research and scientific expertise

For more information and to find out if your business is eligible, please click here

Global Business Excellence Awards 

Organised by Awards Intelligence.

Deadline for entries: 31st May 2017

Winning a Global Business Excellence Award will raise your profile, enhance your reputation, help to attract new business and instil that vital ingredient for success - trust.

Entrants to the Global Business Excellence Awards do not have to be conducting business globally, many past winners operate nationally or regionally in just one county. You may enter your own organisation for an award or nominate a third party.

The awards aim to recognise and reward business excellence across all sectors, private, public and charity. Open to organisations of any size and individuals, based anywhere in the world, entries are encouraged from those that feel they are working smarter than their competitors to create a business edge.

For more information on how to enter click here

InterTradeIreland’s ELEVATE PROGRAMME

If you are a micro business or know someone who is, then check out the support available through InterTradeIreland's Elevate programme. Aimed at companies with under 10 employees who want to grow their business by identifying new customers and markets - up to £5000 in consultancy support is now available.

InterTradeIreland is now actively looking for companies. The programme is 100% funded by InterTradeIreland and the application process is simple.

Support is available for:

  • Sales Leads
  • Sales Negotiations
  • Market Research
  • Developing of Marketing Materials

Further information is available by clicking here by telephoning 028 3083 4145.

InterTradeIreland Seedcorn competition                                            

Young, innovative companies and entrepreneurs are being urged to make the next strategic business move and enter the competition to help them become investor ready.

With a total prize fund of €280,000, Seedcorn offers a huge cash boost for firms and is a must for early stage and new start companies seeking to raise equity to help their business grow and develop.

This year’s competition is now open for registration at www.intertradeireland.com/seedcorn and the deadline for submissions is 26 May 2017. You can follow all the action throughout the 2017 competition by searching for and using #ITISeedcorn and following @iti_seedcorn