Viscount Awards 2014

The Aer Lingus Viscount Awards in association with Ulster Business is back for a sixth year to honour those companies who have forged vital economic ties between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

Backed for a third year in a row by Ulster Business magazine, the awards seek to honour Northern Ireland's best businesses across a wide spectrum of specialist areas.

From the inception of the Viscount Awards six years ago the emphasis of the competition has always been on recognising those businesses who are generating enduring and lucrative economic ties between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

The entrants will be judged by a panel comprising:

Andrea Hunter
Business Development Manager, Aer Lingus NI

Symon Ross
Editor, Ulster Business

Jeremy Fitch
Executive Director, Business Solutions
Group at Invest NI 

Frances McDonnell
Business Columnist, Irish Times

Richard Sherriff
Business Editor, News Letter

Gary McDonald
Business Editor, Irish News

Colin Walsh
Chairman, CBI NI 

Alan Taylor
Managing Partner, Arthur Cox

The Awards lunch will take place on 30 April 2014 at the Royal Automobile Club, London and nominations are invited in the following seven award categories; Most Innovative Company, Entrepreneur of the Year, Company of the Year (small, medium and large business categories), Exporter of the Year, and The Aer Lingus Viscount Award for Overall Excellence.

Closing date for entries is 11 March 2014.

In 2013, the judging panel deliberated over more than 100 companies before deciding on the eventual winners, who can be found here here.