Winners Announced at 2015 Women in Business Awards

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.

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 achievements of women from the business community across Northern Ireland.

“It was a pleasure to cheer on the finalists and after hearing from our fantastic guest speaker, Madam Justice McBride, to congratulate the deserving winners. The interest and support from the local business community has as always been terrific and I think everyone had a thoroughly entertaining evening.”

The winners of the 2015 Women in Business Awards are:

Award for Advancing Diversity in the Workplace: Deirdre Vaugh Daly, Former Staff Commissioner for Education and Library Boards

Award for Best Customer Service: Maria McDonagh, Adventures Day Nursery

Award for Best Exporter: Jacqui Walsh, Kitchenmaster NI LTD

Award for Best in Professional Services: Shauna Burns, Ulster Bank Limited

Award for Best Marketing Campaign: Lynsey Redpath, Argento

Award for Best New Start Up: Adrienne Hanna, Right Revenue

Award for Best Small Business: Sinead Murphy, Shnuggle Ltd

Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Kate Burns, Ocean Veg Ireland

Award for Excellence in IT: Marion Rybnikar, Reaction Cycles

Award for Outstanding Management and Leadership: Tina McKenzie, Staffline Group Ireland

Award for Young Businesswoman of the Year: Katie Waddell, Spoon Street

Award 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

Gary McDonald, Irish News

With many thanks to our generous Awards sponsors:

Equality Commission for Northern Ireland



Department for Education and Learning

JC Decaux

Ulster Bank

John McKee Solicitors

Belfast City Council


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Irish News