Made in Northern Ireland Awards 2017
We're partnering with Insider Media on the Made in Northern Ireland Awards 2017.
The awards will recognise and reward manufacturing companies based in Northern Ireland that have demonstrated success in innovation, product development and growth in domestic or overseas markets.
In previous years, the Made in Northern Ireland Awards have formed part of Insider's Northern Ireland Dealmakers Awards. However, the 2017 event will be a dedicated separate lunchtime event. This, together with the fact that we are increasing the number of awards from 4 to 8, reflects both the importance of the manufacturing sector in the region but also the increasing interest in the awards themselves.
The manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland is strong. It provides in excess of 85,000 jobs and makes a Gross Value Added contribution of around £5bn to GDP each year. Manufacturing is the Northern Ireland economy's third-largest employer and second-largest sector in terms of economic output.
The Made in Northern Ireland Awards are part of a national suite of manufacturing events that Insider hosts around the UK. The winners from the regional awards will automatically become finalists in the prestigious annual national awards - Made in the UK, taking place on the 22 June in Liverpool.
There will be eight award categories:
- Apprenticeship/Training Scheme Award
- Innovation Award
- Exporter Award
- Medical & Life Sciences Award
- Technology Award
- Food and Drink Award
- SME Manufacturing Company of the Year (turnover below £25m)
- Large Manufacturing Company of the Year (turnover £25m and above)
This year the Made in Northern Ireland Awards are supported by the following organisations:
- Manufacturing NI
- Invest NI
- Centre for Competitiveness
- Northern Ireland Polymers Association
Insider is drawing on the skills and knowledge of these organisations, representatives from which will form the judging panel for the awards. The judges will scrutinise all submissions and determine the shortlists.
The shortlists will be announced in early April, with the winners to be revealed at the awards lunch at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on 12 May 2017. For more information on how to enter and where to purchase tickets, please visit Insider Media's website