The Women in Business Awards in association with Alexander Mann Solutions celebrate, reward and acknowledge the hard work and achievements of some of the most successful, entrepreneurial and inspiring business women throughout Northern Ireland.  Now in their 6th year, the Women in Business Awards allow all sectors and industries to come together for an evening of celebration to recognise the best of home grown talent and the valuable contribution that women make to the economic life of Northern Ireland.  
This year’s Awards will be held at the beautiful Ramada Plaza, Shaws Bridge on Thursday 17th November. Guaranteed to be our biggest celebration to date, the Women in Business Awards celebrate, acknowledge and reward the hard work and achievements of some of Northern Ireland's most successful entrepreneurs, business owners, senior managers and leaders.
Nominate yourself, a friend or a colleague today!

Now a firm fixture in the Northern Ireland business calendar, recognition as an award finalist and winner holds great prestige.  Finalists and winners benefit from increased media coverage and profiling, offering unique business opportunities that can help you drive your business forward.  All finalists will join the Women in Business Award Finalist Alumnae – a group specially created to offer all finalists since 2011 the opportunity to network and engage with like-minded business women and to stimulate opportunity for both personal and professional development.

All 2016 finalists will have the opportunity to take part in an exclusive Finalist Retreat where they will come together to be inspired by a range of speakers and network with their peers in a unique environment.  More details will be unveiled in the coming months!

To enter online please complete the application form below.  Tickets are now available and early booking is highly recommended for this sell-out event!


View photos of last year's Awards here.

We would like to thank our sponsors and media partner, The Irish News for their ongoing support.





We were delighted with the success of the 6th Annual Women in Business Awards in 2016 and would like to thank everyone who made the evening so enjoyable!

Have a look at what the evening had to offer with our exclusive video!

Women in Business is delighted to announce the winners of the 6th Annual Women in Business Awards!  

Took place on 17th November 2016 at the Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge, over 450 men and women from the business community came together to celebrate some of Northern Ireland's most successful, innovated and determined business women.


Award for Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year 

Winner: Suzanne Wylie, Belfast City Council

Sponsor: Alexander Mann Solutions



Award for Advancing Diversity in the Workplace

Winner: Sharon Martin, Terex

Sponsor: Equality Commission



Award for Best Customer Service- Small Business

Winner: Sarah Mackie, Larchfield Estate

Sponsor: Diamond Recruitment



Award for Best Customer Service- Corporate

Winner: Sinead McCann, Corick House & Spa

Sponsor: Diamond Recruitment



Award for Best Exporter

Winner: Sinead Murphy, Shnuggle

Sponsor: QA Travel



Award for Best in Professional Services- Corporate

Winner: Sinead Dillion, Fujitsu

Sponsor: Progressive Building Society



Award for Best in Professional Services- Small Business

Winner: Jayne Taggart, Causeway Enterprise

Sponsor: Progressive Building Society



Award for Best Marketing Campaign

Winner: Zoe McCullough, Sukie Tea

Sponsor: Pierce Communications



Award for Best New Start Up

Highly Commended: Kelly Neill, Panaeca

Sponsor: Go For It Programme



Award for Best New Start Up

Winner: Niamh Taylor, Digital Twenty Four

Sponsor: Go For It Programme



Award for Outstanding Innovation

Winner: Kerry Nevin, Babo Cush

Sponsor: Women in Business



Award for Excellence in IT

Winner: Sue McLaughlin, Bluebird Care Coleraine

Sponsor: The Irish News



Award for Outstanding Management and Leadership

Winner: Ursula Lavery, Moy Park

Highly Commended Lisa McLaughin, Herbert Smith Freehills

Sponsor: Belfast City Council



Award for Young Businesswoman of the Year

Winner: Yolanda Cooper

Sponsor: Department of Economy



Award for Best Small Business

Highly Commended: Aideen Duggan, Keenan Healthcare

Sponsor:  Danske Bank



Award for Best Small Business

Winner: Alicia Peyrano, Little Citizens Boutique

Sponsor:  Danske Bank



Closing Date for Award Submissions:
Please complete and return applications by no later than 12 noon on Monday 3rd October to: awards@womeninbusinessni.com
Judging of Applications:
Judging of Applications will take place on Friday 14th October 2016.
Finalists Announced:
Finalists will be announced exclusively in The Irish News on Tuesday 18th October 2016.
Finalists Retreat:
The Finalists Retreat will take place late in Corick House on the 7th & 8th November 2016
Awards Gala:
The Awards Gala will take place on Thursday 17th November 2016 (all finalists must be available on this date).
Book Today
Places are limited so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.
Tickets are on sale now!

We are delighted to have past sponsors on board for a number of categories again this year and are excited to have the opportunity to work with new brands and businesses for our 2016 extravaganza!

For more information on our sponsors please visit their websites by clicking below.

Thank you to our sponsors



1. Entrants must be based or have their chief operations in Northern Ireland.
2. Please ensure nominees are available on Thursday 17th November 2016 for the Awards Ceremony.
3. An application form will need to be completed for each entrant. The information provided will be disclosed only to the judges. Do not send any other documents /supporting materials as these will not be accepted.
4. There will be one winner per category (unless otherwise stated) and one recipient of the Women in Business Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year Award.
5. There will be two levels per category for the following four categories– Best Customer Service, Best in Professional Services, Best Marketing Campaign and Award for Outstanding Innovation – one winner a corporate employee, the other a small business.
6. Corporate entries must have a minimum of 20 employees employed within their organisation.
7. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into before or after the judging. All decisions regarding the judging process are made by our judging panel.
8. Details provided in the application form will potentially be used, with approval, for press releases and web content if the nominee is placed as a finalist or winner, so please ensure it is factually correct - we will not be liable for inaccuracies published based on nomination content and changes may not be possible after publication.
9. Applications that do not meet the entry criteria will not be accepted.
10. Entrants can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else.
11. Entrants can apply for more than one category but must submit a full application each time i.e. one category per application.
12. Please complete and return applications by no later than 12 noon on Monday 3rd October to: awards@womeninbusinessni.com