Business

Call for entries to prestigious Women in Business Awards

Women in Business chief executive Roseann Kelly (left) with past winners Sinead Dillon (Fujitsu) and Sharon Martin (Terex)

WOMEN in Business are urging innovative and entrepreneurial business women from across the north to submit their entries by the October 2 deadline for the seventh running of the organisation's prestigious awards initiative.

The 2017 Women in Business Awards, supported by the Irish News, reward and acknowledge the hard work and achievements of some of the most successful and inspiring women in Northern Ireland (you can enter at www.womeninbusinessni.com).

The awards ceremony, which is again expected to be a sell-out, takes place on Thursday November 9 at the Belfast Crowne Plaza, when categories include Best in Professional Services, Best Small Business, Outstanding Innovation, Outstanding Management and Leadership and Young Business Women of the Year.

Women in Business chief executive Roseann Kelly said: “Our 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.

“With a wide scope of categories and many with two levels, corporate and small business, there is the opportunity to highlight a particular woman or area of your business that is performing in an exceptional way.”

Recognition as an award finalist and winner holds great prestige, offering unique business opportunities. All finalists will join the Women in Business Awards Alumnae, 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.

Sharon Martin, IT manager at Terex, last year's winner of Advancing Diversity in the Workplace Award, said: “There have been many positive impacts of winning this award and the evidence can be seen in our recruitment, sales and brand profile. The award has supported us in achieving our goal of becoming a truly diverse market leader. Our research would suggest that the perception of Terex in the marketplace has undoubtedly grown and become more positive.”

Sinead Dillon, principal consultant at Fujitsu and past winner of the Best Professional Services Award, added: “In this fast-paced world, successes and achievements can quickly be forgotten as we look to our next goal or ambition. But the Women in Business Awards allow business women to take a moment to reflect on their accomplishments and recognise other successful women.”

All this year's finalists will have the opportunity to take part in an exclusive retreat where they will come together to be inspired by a range of speakers and network with their peers in a unique environment.

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