Irish News postpones Workplace & Employment Awards until late autumn

The 2020 Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards won't be taking place until later in the year. Photo: Declan Roughan
Gary McDonald Business Editor

THE 14th running of the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards, due to take place in Titanic Belfast on June 11, has been postponed until late autumn.

Acknowledged as one of the biggest business awards initiatives in Northern Ireland, annually attracting more than 600 guests to its gala dinner, management said it was taking into consideration the current global situation around the coronavirus pandemic

Irish News marketing manager John Brolly said: "Now is time for us all to come together, and our decision is absolutely the right one.

"The Workplace & Employment Awards team are very proud of the friendships we have developed with all the different businesses and organisations which have been involved across the last 13 years of the awards.

"As a people focused awards initiative, we have always cared about the great people working hard to create great organisations.

"So we have decided to postpone this year's awards until later in the year when, hopefully, life will have returned to some sort of normality.

"Now more than ever we need to support each other. Take care and stay safe."

Mr Brolly paid tribute to the initiative’s key business partners Carson McDowell, Progressive Building Society, Queen’s University, Ulster University Business School, KPMG, First Derivatives, Glandore, venue partner Titanic Belfast and wellbeing partner the Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort.

"We thank them sincerely for their ongoing support, and look forward to working with them again in the very near future," he added.

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