Entering the awards

There are nine categories, each looking at performance over the past 12 months. More details on each award can be found below.

To enter, please download the word document for the relevant category, complete the form and then email your submission to rachel@gatekeeperpr.com

The deadline for entries is strictly 5pm on Friday 24th March 2017. Please note that the judges’ decision is final and no feedback can be given on individual entries.


Best Business Start-Up Award

This award will recognise a young company that has displayed a strategic approach to business, who can demonstrate the successful implementation of that strategy and that has strong prospects for the future.

Download the Best Business Start-Up Award entry form


Best SME Award

This category recognises the SME that is deemed to have excelled in all functions of their business during in the last year.  The winner of this award will be able to show significant commitment to producing and marketing a successful product or service.

Download the Best SME Award entry form


Business Person of the Year Award


This award acknowledges the person who has achieved significant business success in the past 12 months, showing strong leadership skills and business acumen.

Download the Business Person of the Year entry form


Employee Champion Award

This will be awarded to the company that can best demonstrate how it supports its employees, making it a better place to work.

Download the Employee Champion Award entry form

Exporter of the Year Award

This will be given to the company that best demonstrates how it has increased export sales, with a clear commitment to expanding their business outside of Northern Ireland.

Download the Exporter of the Year entry form

Fast Growth Business Award

This award is for a company that is profitable and growing fast. The winner will have achieved exceptional growth in areas such as sales, turnover and employee headcount in the last three years.

Download the Fast Growth Business Award entry form

Innovation of the Year Award

This award honours the company that can demonstrate the successful development of an innovative product, process or service, or a new way of working. 

Download the Innovation of the Year Award entry form


Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to an individual who, in the opinion of the judges, has demonstrated an unrivalled record of achievement in Northern Ireland for many years, contributing significantly to the local economy.

Download the Lifetime Achievement Award entry form


Overall Excellence Award

This award will honour the company that the judges feel have achieved outstanding success throughout all parts of their business in the last 12 months.

Download the Overall Excellence Award entry form