Lynsey Nixon from Women in Business with Television presenter and Women in Business Awards Host, Pamela Ballantine.

Lynsey Nixon from Women in Business with Television presenter and Women in Business Awards Host, Pamela Ballantine.
Lynsey Nixon from Women in Business with Television presenter and Women in Business Awards Host, Pamela Ballantine.

Women in Business is calling on the leading lights of females in business – the inspirational, the leaders and the achievers – to enter its sixth annual Awards.

Hosted by television presenter Pamela Ballantine on Thursday, November 17 at Ramada Plaza, Shaws Bridge, Belfast, the Women in Business Awards, in association with Alexander Mann Solutions, are a celebration of talent, hard work and ultimately success in the world of business, whether as an entrepreneur or a leader.

Roseann Kelly, Chief Executive of Women in Business said: “Our Awards continue to go from strength to strength. We had a record number of entries last year and we hope even more companies will enter and join us to celebrate the achievements of women in business in 2016.

“The winners on the night will be those that have demonstrated the highest achievement, success resilience and fortitude in business.

“They may be women who have launched a new product, excelled in leadership or contributed to advancing diversity in the workplace.

If this applies to you or your company, then we urge you to enter this year’s accolades.”

“There are many amazing, talented women in Northern Ireland and these awards are an opportunity to celebrate them and highlight their achievements to inspire others.”

Among the 2015 winners were Tina McKenzie, Staffline Group Ireland for Outstanding Management and Leadership, Marion Rybnikar of Reaction Cycles for Excellence in IT, Jacqui Walsh of Kitchenmaster NI Ltd for Best Exporter, Sinead Murphy of Shnuggle Ltd for Best Small Business and Tracy Hamilton of Mash Direct who won the Award for Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year.

Roseann added; “In addition to hearing from our keynote speaker, guests will enjoy a sparkling reception, a magnificent four-course meal, prestigious awards ceremony and after-dinner entertainment.”

Tickets for the Women in Business Awards ceremony are available to buy online at womeninbusinessni.com with discounts available for members.

The deadline for entry is Monday, October 3, and categories are: Young Business Woman of the Year, Best in Professional Services, Advancing Diversity in the Workplace, Best New Start-Up, Outstanding Innovation, Best Marketing Campaign, Outstanding Management / Leadership, Best Customer Services, Best Small Business, Excellence in IT, Best Exporter. The  main award on the night will be for Outstanding Business Woman of the Year as voted for by the judges.

For the first time this year there will be two levels for the following four Awards – Best Customer Service, Best in Professional Services, Best Marketing Campaign and Outstanding Innovation – one corporate, and one small business.

To enter the awards simply, logon to www.womeninbusinessni.com and to keep up to date with further event details follow Women in Business on facebook at www.facebook.com/womeninbusinessni or www.twitter.com/wibni

Sponsors and partners to date include Alexander Mann Solutions as title sponsor, The Irish News, The Department for Economy and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.