Join us on Thursday 7th March 2024 at Belfast's Crowne Plaza Hotel for the annual Women in Business Awards, where we will celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of women business leaders across Northern Ireland.

The Women in Business Awards have been a beacon of recognition and celebration for over a decade and applications will open on Monday 13th November 2023.

Our host, Pamela Ballantine will guide us through the gala awards ceremony, sponsored by Virgin Media O2 Business, as we get set to honour the trailblazing women who have achieved excellence across various local sectors and industries.

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Award Categories 2024

Dates you need to know
  • Closing Date for Award Submissions | Please complete and return applications by no later than 12 noon on Monday 22nd January 2024.

  • Judging of Applications | Takes place on Thursday 25th or Friday 26th January 2024.

  • Finalists Announced | Exclusively in The Irish News on Thursday 1st February 2024.

  • Finalists Lunch | Takes place on W/c 19th February 2024.

  • Awards Gala | Takes place on Thursday 7th March 2024.

Terms & Conditions

1. Entrants must be based and have an office located in Northern Ireland.

2. Please ensure nominees are available on Thursday 7th March 2024 for the Awards Gala.

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).

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Applications that do not meet the entry criteria will not be accepted.

8. Entrants can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else.

9. Entrants can apply for more than one category but must submit a full application each time i.e. one category per application.

10. Please complete the online entry process by no later than 12 noon on Monday 22nd January 2024.

Extra info
Recognition as a Women in Business award finalist and winner holds great prestige. You can benefit from increased media coverage and profiling, offering unique business opportunities that can help to 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 with like-minded businesswomen and to stimulate opportunity for both personal and professional development.
All finalists will also 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. More details will be unveiled in the coming months!
Support Webinar on how to enter

Women in Business Awards | Creating an award-winning entry | Wed 10th Jan 2024 | 10.00am - 11.00am

We are hosting this short webinar to provide you with the essential need to know information on what to do and what not to do when it comes to submitting your entry for 2024. You will also get to hear from the Young Businesswoman of the Year 2023, Niamh McCarthy of Niamh Designs on the Why? How? and What's  Next? in her remarkable path to success.

Whether you're a business owner or nominating someone in your professional network, this webinar is designed to offer invaluable insights. Learn how to elevate your entry and stand out in the crowd by mastering effective storytelling and showcasing your achievements.

We will also take you through the steps to navigate our Awards submission portal in advance of the deadline at 12 noon on Monday 22nd January.


2023 Winners

Award for Advancing Diversity in the Workplace
Individual Winner | Sarah Balmforth, Hughes Insurance
Organisation Winner | Fibrus

Award for Best Customer Service
Corporate Winner | Paula Mooney, Leckey
Small Business Winner | Roisin O’Hare, Brand Elevation

Award for Best in Professional Services
Corporate Winner | Joanne Alexander, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
Small Business Winner | Melanie Dawson, Origin 7 Ltd

Award for Best Marketing Campaign
Corporate Winner | Claire Hale, Dale Farm Ltd
Small Business Winner | Roisin O’Hare, Brand Elevation

Award for Best New Start Up
Winner | Rabab Flack, Causeway Clear Ears

Award for Best Small Business
Winner | Tracey McNally, Ecohog Ltd

Award for Outstanding Innovation
Corporate Winner | Gabriela Martin, Concentrix Europe LTD
Small Business Winner | Ineke Rentmeesters, Ubloquity

Award for Best Green Business
Winner | Grainne O’Loane, Fish City

Award for Excellence in IT
Winner | Shannon Stronge, BT

Award for Outstanding Mentor
Winner | Lenore Rice, Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors

Award for Outstanding Management and Leadership
Winner | Tanya Martin, IQ & Co Ltd

Award for Young Business Woman of the Year
Winner | Niamh McCarthy, Niamh Designs

Business Woman of the Year
Winner | Jackie Henry, Deloitte

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