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The Women in Business Awards in association with Virgin Media Business are back to celebrate its 10th Anniversary since the awards launched.
 
The awards celebrate, reward and acknowledge the hard work and achievements of some of the most successful, entrepreneurial and inspiring businesswomen throughout Northern Ireland.  Now in their 10th 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.  
 
The 10th awards will be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza, Belfast on Thursday 10th March 2022 and are guaranteed to be the biggest celebration to date!  We are delighted to welcome back our fabulous host Pamela Ballantine to present an evening of fabulous glamour.
 
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Now a firm fixture in the Northern Ireland awards events, 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 the opportunity to network and engage with like-minded businesswomen and to stimulate opportunity for both personal and professional development.
 
All 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!
 
 
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The Women in Business Awards cover a wide scope of categories, allowing you to highlight a particular area of your business that is performing in an exceptional way!
 
Please note that some of the award categories will have two levels. These awards are clearly marked below whereby one winner will be a corporate employee and one from a small business. Please note corporate entries must have a minimum of 60 employees.
 
Categories are listed below, and criteria listed within each application form.
 

Award for Advancing Diversity in the Workplace

sponsored by Queen's University Belfast Management School
 
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This award recognises a business and / or an individual who has championed diversity within the workplace and can demonstrate the benefits of this.
 

Award for Best Customer Service

sponsored by The Irish News
 
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(There is an individual and corporate level within this category)
 
This award goes to a businesswoman that can demonstrate she truly has the customer at the heart of her business. 
 

Award for Outstanding Mentor - NEW CATEGORY

sponsored by Version 1
 
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This award will recognise a person has given generously of their time to support, guide, challenge and encourage female mentees to success. This is a gender-neutral category, therefore any mentor is eligible to enter or be nominated.
 

Award for Best in Professional Services

sponsored by Honeycomb
 
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(There is an individual and corporate level within this category)
 
This award goes to the businesswoman who consistently exceeds the requirements of internal and external customers.  
 

Award for Best Marketing Campaign

sponsored by Kaizen Print
 
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(There is an individual and corporate level within this category)
 
This award goes to the businesswoman who can demonstrate how they implemented a successful marketing campaign within the last year which has had positive results and outcomes for their business.
 

Award for Best New Start Up

sponsored by Go For It
 
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This award goes to an outstanding new start up demonstrating high levels of innovation service and profit.
 

Award for Best Small Business 

sponsored by Danske Bank
 
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This award recognises an outstanding female led small business based in Northern Ireland which demonstrates a high level of service, is profitable and is innovative in its thinking
 

Award for Outstanding Innovation 

sponsored by AIB
 
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(There is an individual and corporate level within this category)
 
This award goes to an outstanding individual who can best demonstrate entrepreneurial flair and innovation in business.  
 

Award for Excellence in IT 

sponsored by Citi
 
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This award goes to a business and/or individual who can demonstrate the most successful and innovative use of IT within their business
 

Award for Outstanding Management and Leadership

 
This award goes to the manager / leader who has demonstrated exceptional vision and leadership in business.
 

Award for Young Businesswoman of the Year

 
This award recognises the outstanding work of young businesswoman in Northern Ireland in any aspect of business activity.
 
Please click on the award category below that you would like to enter or nominate someone for to download the entry/nomination form:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You may enter more than one category, but a separate form is required for each entry. Read the criteria on the website or entry form carefully before responding to all questions. All applications must be submitted by email to awards@womeninbusinessni.com by 12 noon on Monday 31st January 2022.
 
Below are the key dates in the Women in Business Awards:
 
Closing Date for Award Submissions:
Please complete and return applications by no later than 12 noon on Monday 31st January 2022 to: awards@womeninbusinessni.com
 
Judging of Applications:
Judging of Applications will take place on Friday 4th February 2022.
 
Finalists Announced:
Finalists will be announced exclusively in The Irish News on Tuesday 8th February 2022.
 
Finalists Retreat:
The Finalists Retreat is scheduled to take place on week commencing 21st February 2022.
 
Awards Gala:
The Awards Gala will take place on Thursday 10th March 2022 (all finalists must be available on this date).

 

 

 
 

The Women in Business Awards were last presented in November 2019, below is a list of our previous winners:

Business Woman of the Year 2019

Edel Doherty 

The highly acclaimed Business Woman of the Year 2019 award, also sponsored by Virgin Media Business, was presented to entrepreneur Edel Doherty. With over 30 years in the travel industry, Edel has an impressive career portfolio and is the founder and managing director of Beyond Business Travel, a bespoke travel management company. Edel started her company in 2010 and the business has gone from strength to strength with over 25 employees, an impressive turnover of £16million, plans to grow to £50million in 4 years  and a new Dublin office.

The Women in Business award winners 2019 were:
  • Award for Advancing Diversity in the Workplace. Danske Bank UK (sponsored by Queen’s University Belfast Management School)
 
  • Award for Best Customer Service (Corporate). Jackie Reid, DELI LITES (sponsored by RSA Group)
 
  • Award for Best Customer Service (Small Business) Laura Killough, Larchfield Estate (sponsored by RSA Group)
 
  • Award for Best in Professional Services (Corporate). Anne Marie Patterson, First Derivatives plc (sponsored by Advance Coaching)
 
  • Award for Best in Professional Services (Small Business). Louise Breen, Mallon McCormick Solicitors (sponsored by Advance Coaching)
 
  • Award for Best Marketing Campaign (Corporate). Amanda Sistern, Cleaver Fulton Rankin (sponsored by Kaizen Print)
 
  • Award for Best Marketing Campaign (Small Business). Jennie Wallace, Beyond Skin Clinic (sponsored by Kaizen Print)
 
  • Award for Best New Start Up. Lisa Smyth and Christine McKee, SheSaid Design and Branding (sponsored by Go For It)
 
  • Award for Best Small Business. Katie Martin, Martin Contracting Services Ltd (sponsored by Danske Bank)
 
  • Award for Outstanding Innovation. (Corporate) Dr Liz O’Sullivan, Allstate Northern Ireland (sponsored by First Trust Bank)
 
  • Award for Outstanding Innovation. (Small Business) Dr Esther L. Skelly-Smith, Shanaghan Veterinary Services (sponsored by First Trust Bank)
 
  • Award for Excellence in IT. Linda O’Reilly, Allstate Northern Ireland (sponsored by Citi)
 
  • Award for Best Exporter. Jackie Reid, DELI LITES (sponsored by The Irish News)
 
  • Award for Outstanding Management and Leadership. Anne Donaghy, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council (sponsored by Fleet Financial Ltd)
 
  • Award for Young Business Woman of the Year 2019. Kathryn Mills, Lifestyle Gymnastics Academy (sponsored by Ulster Bank)

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2019

Wilma Erskine 

After the success of The 148th Open at Royal Portrush this year, Women in Business was delighted to present Wilma Erskine, secretary-manager of Royal Portrush who is widely regarded as being the driving force behind securing the competition, with the Special Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Tables of 10 are available for £1,000 + VAT.

Individual tickets: Member: £100 + VAT ; Non-Members: 120 + VAT

To purchase tickets please contact awards@womeninbusinessni.com or call our events team on 02892 444 880

 
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1. Entrants must be based or have their chief operations in Northern Ireland.
 
2. Please ensure nominees are available on Thursday 10th March 2022 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 Business Woman 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 from a small business.
 
6. Corporate entries must have a minimum of 60 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 31st January 2022 to: awards@womeninbusinessni.com

Click on the video below to see all the action from the Women in Business Awards 2019:

Edel Doherty, Business Woman of the Year 2019: