Opportunity Knocks As EY Entrepreneur of The Year Sought

Northern Ireland’s most successful business people have been urged to enter the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Competition.

The Ireland-wide programmerecognises high achievers in business on both sides of the border.

At a launch event in Belfast, double former finalist Eleanor McEvoy of Derry-based electricity firm Budget Energy, and Ian Wilson of Wilsons Auctions, urged entrepreneurs to get involved.

While there have been many finalists from Northern Ireland, it’s now five years since Brian Conlon of First Derivatives won the all-island title – the last businessperson from the region to do so.

Enterprise Minister Foster said entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland had an important role to play in growing the economy.

“I am pleased to launch this 2015 programme which will provide our entrepreneurs with the necessary tools and expertise required to stimulate business growth and in turn create a vibrant culture of entrepreneurial spirit,” she said.

The programme is open to high-achieving entrepreneurs from every sector.

Business people can nominate themselves regardless of what growth stage their company is at.

But the general public can also nominate deserving entrepreneurs.

Finalists from across the island will take part in a week-long CEO retreat in Germany, which will include workshops with the leaders of the country’s most successful companies.

EY tax partner Rob Heron said: “To sustain the growth of the all-island economy, it is crucial for Northern Ireland’s entrepreneurs to foster global ambitions.”

He said the programme would help finalists enhance their strategies for growth while introducing them to experienced peers for mutual support.

To nominate yourself or someone else with their consent, complete the online nomination form at www.eoy.ie or call 00353 1 221 2250. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 20.

Source: belfasttelegraph.co.uk