Business Awards Take Off as Entries Open for 2018

The 10th annual Aer Lingus business awards are now open for entry. High-flying businesses across Northern Ireland are invited to enter across eight diverse categories.

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The key aim of the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Business Awards (formerly the Viscount Awards) is to recognise and reward some of the most outstanding organisations and individuals in Northern Ireland business life.

The deadline for entries is 16th March. Following shortlisting, representatives from each company will be flown in May 2018 from George Best Belfast City Airport to London, courtesy of Aer Lingus, to celebrate together at an awards ceremony at the prestigious Institute of Directors headquarters on Pall Mall.

The TakeOff Foundation is our corporate social responsibility programme, and a key strand of its activity is to support businesses across the island of Ireland. Given that they’re designed to celebrate and champion local firms, these awards align perfectly with this objective.

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We’re very excited to reach 10 years of recognising Nothern Ireland’s business success stories. We strongly encourage all business that are proud of their achievements to get their entries in. It’s a great way to benchmark against other successful companies, to gain recognition for hard work, and celebrate a job well done.

Since first launching in 2008, our business awards have celebrated in excess of 100 of Northern Ireland’s best businesses.

Judged by a panel of esteemed figures from business organisations and media in Northern Ireland, the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation Business Awards are considered one of the premier events on the professional calendar.

Last year’s winners included The Deluxe Group, Equi-Nutritive, CDEnviro, MJM Group, Babocush, Mount Charles, John Toner (WIS Group) and Allstate.

The categories are as follows:

  • Innovation of the Year Award
  • Exporter of The Year Award
  • Best SME Award
  • Best Business Start-Up Award
  • Business Person of the Year Award
  • Fast Growth Business Award
  • Excellence in Marketing Award*
  • Lifetime Achievement Award**
  • The Overall Excellence Award

*New category for 2018
** Chosen by the judges

For entry forms and further information please visit

WATCH: The 2017 Viscount Awards