IT WAS ANOTHER sell out event for the Women in Business Awards at the Culloden & Spa on Thursday evening with almost 400 from the business community attending the annual awards, now in their fifth year.
From frozen yoghurt company to children’s nursery to recruitment business, the Women in Business Awards celebrated the achievements of a diverse range of businesswomen.
Chief executive Roseann Kelly said; “The Women in Business Awards are a prestigious event in the local business and social calendar when we acknowledge and celebrate the determination, success and contributions of women from the business community across Northern Ireland.
“The Culloden was awash with inspirational women this evening from Madam Justice McBride to each of our very worthy finalists – such fantastic role models not just for females in business but for the business community as a whole.
“Indeed everyone in the room tonight should be proud of the role they play and contribution they make, no matter how big or small, to Northern Ireland’s economy. These awards are all about shining a light on their achievements and encouraging the next generation of female business women to be just as inspired and successful.”
The winners of the 2015 Women in Business Awards are:
§ AAward for Advancing Diversity in the Workplace (sponsored by Equality Commission for Northern Ireland): Deirdre Vaugh Daly, Former Staff Commissioner for Education and Library Boards
§ AAward for Best Customer Service (sponsored by Vistage): Maria McDonagh, Adventures Day Nursery
§ AAward for Best Exporter (sponsored by Fujitsu): Jacqui Walsh, Kitchenmaster NI LTD
§ AAward for Best in Professional Services (sponsored by Department for Employment and Learning): Shauna Burns, Ulster Bank Limited
§ AAward for Best Marketing Campaign (sponsored by JCDecaux): Lynsey Redpath, Argento
§ AAward for Best New Start Up (sponsored by Ulster Bank): Adrienne Hanna, Right Revenue
§ AAward for Best Small Business (sponsored by John McKee Solicitors): Sinead Murphy, Shnuggle Ltd
§ AAward for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (sponsored by Belfast City Council): Kate Burns, Ocean Veg Ireland
§ AAward for Excellence in IT (sponsored by the Irish News): Marion Rybnikar, Reaction Cycles
§ AAward for Outstanding Management and Leadership (sponsored by Deloitte): Tina McKenzie, Staffline Group Ireland
§ AAward for Young Businesswoman of the Year (sponsored by Q Radio): Katie Waddell, Spoon Street
§ AAward for Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year: Tracy Hamilton, Mash Direct.
With special thanks to the judges: Ellvena Graham (Chair, NI Economic Advisory Group) Evelyn Collins (Chief Executive, Equality Commission for NI) Maureen Murphy (MD, Aurion Learning) Roseann Kelly, Women in Business Kate Marshall, Women in Business Gary McDonald, Irish News