Awards Raise Profile of Business with India

Invest Northern Ireland is backing new awards that will highlight business links with India and are open to all companies, both manufacturing and traded services, doing business there.

Northern Ireland companies are being urged by Invest NI to enter the first-ever India Business Awards 2006 launched by UK Trade and Investment to celebrate the achievements of UK companies in India and by Indian firms in the UK.

The new awards have seven categories:

•Investor the Year (for Indian companies that have set up successfully in the UK);

•Business Partnership Award (for successful Indian and UK business partnership in the UK or India);

•Innovation Award (UK company which has successfully launched a new product or service in India);

•New Market Entrant (SME company demonstrating start-up success in the UK or India);

•Business Person of the Year (Indian or UK business person who has contributed significantly to India-UK business relations);

•Entrepreneur of the Year (an Indian entrepreneur successful in the UK); and

•UK Trade and Investment Special Recognition Award (nominated by the judging panel).

Alan Hingston, Invest NI’s Trade Director, says: “India is a developing marketplace for many Northern Ireland companies and a number are already doing good business there. Our exports have also grown steadily in the three years since we launched our ‘Opportunity India’ campaign.”

“We’ve a number of excellent success stories that deserve recognition in the awards.  By highlighting success in India we hope to encourage many other companies to seize the opportunities in one of the world’s biggest and most dynamic markets,” he adds.

The awards are sponsored by Barclays, BMI, Grant Thornton, London Stock Exchange and India TAJ Hotels, Resorts and Palaces. Closing date for applications, which can be obtained from the website, is 31st May. Winners will be announced on 31st July.