Social Enterprises Invited to Enter Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards

Ulster Bank has issued a call for Irish social enterprises to enter this year’s Business Achievers Awards. One of Ireland's premier business awards initiatives, the Awards provide an excellent way to boost your public profile as well as to connect and network with fellow social entrepreneurs and innovators. Entries are open to all businesses north and south. Last year’s finalists included Cork Simon Community, East Belfast Mission, Let’s Do It Global and Pieta House.

Social Enterprise Award

The deadline for entries is midnight on Thursday, 28 February 2013.

The social enterprise award category was created in order to recognise and celebrate those organisations that impact positively upon the community and which generate outcomes that have a long-term benefit. So, ask yourself - is your initiative part of the social fabric? If so, then Ulster Bank invites you to tell them how and why. And if you're wondering what sort of initiatives / achievements you can enter into the Awards, they can be business, economic, societal, scientific or environmental contributions (and more besides!)

In addition to the Social Enterprise Award, you can also enter a second category from the following:

  • Woman Led Business Award
  • Best Business Start Up Award
  • Innovation and Emerging Technology Award
  • Best Established SME Award
  • Food and Drink Award
  • International Business Award
  • Agri-Business Award.

Discover more here.

Prizes & Benefits

In addition to a wide range of practical incentives for entering, the overall Ulster Bank Business Achiever winner will receive:

  • A €50,000 publishing bursary with the Irish Independent.
  • Exclusive internationally recognised business mentoring from Enterprise Ireland.
  • A full service communications workshop for you and key staff given by leading PR, Marketing, Sales and Communications specialists.
  • A Business Laptop.
  • A specially commissioned Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award trophy made exclusively for Award winners to provide a lasting recognition.

How to Enter

There are two ways to enter the Awards - online, or by downloading the entry form and submitting it by email to

Click here to enter the Awards now. The deadline for entries is midnight on Thursday, 28 February 2013.