Irish News Awards

The Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards will this year mark their fifth anniversary – and continue to grow in stature. At the launch the initiative received ministerial endorsement from the Department for Employment and Learning.

Minister Danny Kennedy said: “It is encouraging to see that these awards continue to go from strength to strength.”Thankfully there are many examples of excellent workplace and employment best practice across Northern Ireland and it is important that we recognise and reward the efforts our businesses continue to make in this area. These awards do just that.”

The formal launch in the Waterfront Hall was attended by guests from a number of business organisations, who were welcomed by Irish News chairman James Fitzpatrick and Editor Noel Doran. Among the speakers was Michael Blaney, Managing Director of Autoline Group, two-times previous winners of a Workplace & Employment Award, who extolled the virtue of the initiative and described the “feel good factor” it brought to his business.

The Minister added: “More and more employers in Northern Ireland, especially in these tough economic times, are recognising that people are key to the success of their organisation. The high volume and standard of entries consistently received for the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards are proof that of the numbers that already reap the benefits of investing in their workforce. “I’m sure that the calibre of entries this year will be excellent and I would encourage all eligible businesses and organisations to submit an entry form and showcase what they do.”

The awards take place in Belfast’s Ramada Hotel on June 16, hosted by the BBC’s Karen Patterson.

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