Already a member?
Login now to see member only prices and resources



06:00 pm


Same day

11:00 pm

Event type:

Face to face

Crowne Plaza Belfast

Ticket Price:

Member - £100.00 (+VAT)

Non-member - £120.00 (+VAT)

At a glance…

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 Awards have been a beacon of celebration for over a decade and are all about recognising the contributions that women across Northern Ireland make to our economy every day.

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.

For all ticket enquiries, please contact our events team by email:

Awards Finalists 2024

Advancing Diversity - Corporate | Sponsored by Queen's Business School
- Belfast Harbour    
- First Derivative
- Labour Relations Agency
- NIE Networks
- Wilson Nesbitt
Advancing Diversity - Individual | Sponsored by Queen's Business School
- Caroline Rowan | Musgrave Northern Ireland
- Claire Webb | Labour Relations Agency
- Emma Patterson-Bennett | BBC Northern Ireland
- Fernanda Soares | Version 1
- Sheila Owens | Cubis Systems
Best Customer Service - Corporate | Sponsored by The Irish News
- Caroline Rowan | Musgrave Northern Ireland
- Celesta Forte | PwC
- Charlotte O'Kane | Spirit Aerosystems, Belfast
- Katherin Farries | Victoria
- Mary-Jo McGinn | NFU Mutual
Best Customer Service - Small Business | Sponsored by The Irish News
- Brigid Derry | Derry Bros Shipping & Customs Clearance Ltd
- Fiona Norman | FN Research
- Glenda Johnston | Kaizen
- Louise Crothers | R L Services Plant Hire & Training
- Olga Lynch | The Transfer Tutor
Best Green Business - Corporate | Sponsored by Version 1
- Caroline Rowan | Musgrave Northern Ireland
- Faye Thomas | Vyta
- Gillian Shields | Coca-Cola HBC Ireland & Northern Ireland
- Judy McElroy | NIE Networks Ltd
- Theresa Clarke | Encirc
Best Green Business - Small Business | Sponsored by Version 1
- Danielle McCormick | Triterra
- Gillian McKee | Giraffe Associates
- Katie Elliott | Without Waste NI
- Maebh Reynolds | GoPlugable
Sarah Mackie | Larchfield Estate
Best in Professional Services - Corporate | Sponsored by IQ & Co
- Jordan Monteith | The Mount Charles Group Limited
- Lyndsey Hamill | PwC
- Maria McNally | Cleaver Fulton Rankin
- Maria Page | PwC
- Micaela Diver | A&L Goodbody
Best in Professional Services - Small Business | Sponsored by IQ & Co
- Angela Montgomery | Pytilia
- Fiona Norman | FN Research
- Jumpee McCracken | Jumpee McCracken Just Mortgages
- Lizzy Caldwell | North Coast Pilates & Physiotherapy Ltd
- Mabel Higgins | MH Fire Safety Ltd
Best Marketing Campaign - Corporate | Sponsored by TP ICAP
- Claire Scullion | NIE Networks
- Holly Milne | Dale Farm Ltd
- Joan Belton | Creagh Concrete
- Rachel Lively | SciLeads
- Sarah Owens | GLL
Best Marketing Campaign - Small Business | Sponsored by TP ICAP
- Deborah Loughran | King Communication
- Kym Horner | MKB Law
- Olga Lynch | The Transfer Tutor
- Rose Hurrell | Hugh McManus and Sons Ltd
- Sara-Louise Strain | Eden @ South Lake
Best New Start Up | Sponsored by Go Succeed
- Emma O'Donnell | Shipping Containers Ireland Ltd
- Gemma Overend | The Creative Business Club
- Louise Adams | Cultshe
- Maebh Reynolds | GoPlugable
- Melanie Dawson | Origin7 Digital Academy
Best Small Business | Sponsored by Danske Bank
- Caoimhe Fuller | C no dirt cleaning services
- Eimear Gourley | NI Property Girl
- Gemma Murphy | Jack Murphy Jewellers
- Louise Crothers | R L Services Plant Hire & Training
- Mabel Higgins | Fire Safety Ltd
Excellence in IT | Sponsored by Deloitte
- Catherine Deegan
- Lijana Saulytyte | Zesty
- Linsay Fenton | Kaizen
- Loraa White | Music Video Marketplace
Outstanding Apprentice | Sponsored by NIE Networks
- Amy Robinson | Mivan
- Antonina Krynicka | PwC
- Charlie Clarke | Lakeland Dairies
- Roise McQuaid | PwC
- Tammy Dodds | Arup
Outstanding Innovation | Sponsored by Belfast Harbour
- Loraa White | Music Video Marketplace
- Brigid Derry | Derry Bros Shipping & Customs Clearance Ltd
- Catherine Deegan | Doc Elite
- Eileen Russell | WayMaker Child Therapy CIC
- Helen Eakin | Mivan
Outstanding Management / Leadership | Sponsored by Wilson Nesbitt
- Angela Montgomery | Pytilia
- Laura Haldane | SciLeads
- Lorna McAdoo | Version 1
- Louise Forbes | Zesty
- Mabel Higgins | MH Fire Safety Ltd
- Valerie McConville | CO3 - Chief Officers Third Sector
Outstanding Mentor | Sponsored by Tarasis Enterprises
- Catherine Keenan | Creagh Concrete
- Gemma Martin | Encirc
- Louise Parkes | Mallusk Enterprise Park Ltd
- Melanie Thrush | Arup
- Sarah McAvera | Golden Thread Gallery
Young Businesswoman of the Year | Sponsored by Allstate Northern Ireland
- Ashleigh Averell | ibrand
- Ellen Yates | Taylor Yates
- Erin Miley | Callow Event Management Ltd
- Gemma McAllister | WearMatter
- Martha Garbe | Basalt Distillery Ltd

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 January 2024.

  • Finalists Announced | Exclusively in The Irish News on Tuesday 30th January.

  • Finalists Lunch | Takes place at The Rabbit Hotel, Templepatrick on Friday 23rd 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!


Crowne Plaza Belfast

Open in Maps

Key Sponsor: