Captains of industry call for award entries from responsible businesses

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Business in the Community has launched the call for entries to its 2012 Regional Impact Awards for responsible business in Northern Ireland.

Sponsored by Electric Ireland and in association with Ulster Business Magazine, the annual awards, now in their seventh year, will see Northern Ireland firms battle it out for the coveted title of Northern Ireland’s Responsible Company of the Year amongst other more specific awards.

This year’s nine award categories include Northern Ireland Responsible Company of the Year, Employer of Choice, Local Community Impact and Most Responsible Small Business.

Speaking at the launch, Paul Rooney, Business in the Community NI Chair commented: “These awards are not about celebrating statistics or rewarding rhetoric; they recognise businesses and leaders that make a real difference to the lives of people and society. And, if ever there was a time to lead by example, it is now.”

He said that while challenging economic conditions will continue throughout 2012, Northern Ireland has much to celebrate in the outstanding contribution the region’s business community has already made to communities and social regeneration.

“If your business is committed to doing the right thing, you should enter this year’s awards. Regardless of size or sector, we want to recognise and celebrate success.

“These awards are not easily won. They are rigorous and robust and every company, whether shortlisted or a winner, should be proud of its achievement. I look forward to being inspired by this year’s entries,” he added.

Applications can be made online at www.bitcni.org.uk. Entries close on Thursday, March 30, with the gala awards ceremony taking place in Titanic Belfast on Thursday, May 31.