'Dragon' Lady McCoy to address north's top business women

Lady Chanelle McCoy will be guest speaker at this year's Women in Business Awards at The Crowne Plaza Hotel on November 9

INSPIRATIONAL business leader Lady Chanelle McCoy will be guest speaker at next month's Women in Business Awards at Belfast's Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The prestigious awards on November 9 reward and celebrate the economic contribution of business women across the region.

Now in their seventh year, this year's awards are the biggest yet, with 11 categories including awards for outstanding innovation and advancing diversity in the workplace, while the highlight of the evening will be the award for outstanding business women of the year.

Lady McCoy is recognised for her experience co-heading Ireland's largest pharmaceutical company, Chanelle Medical, part of the multi-million-pound global company Chanelle Pharmaceutical Group.

She is responsible for more than 400 people, while her business has sales in excess of €100 million.

The newest 'dragon' on the RTE version of Dragons' Den, Chanelle was recently ranked 23rd in the list of ‘50 incredible people shaping modern Ireland'.

A huge supporter of women in business and mentoring young entrepreneurs, she will share her experience of building a global business and giving opportunities to entrepreneurs who are the future of industries.

Lady McCoy, wife of horse racing legend Sir AP McCoy, said: “I am delighted to have been asked to speak at the Women in Business Awards.

"I admire the work Women in Business do for business leaders and budding entrepreneurs, and I look forward to sharing my story with the audience and meeting the finalists at the awards.”

Women in Business chief executive Roseann Kelly said: “Chanelle is an inspirational role model for business women and we are delighted to welcome her to Belfast and introduce her to our finalists, who represent the very best in business excellence.

“This year we have received the highest level of entries to our awards and we have been really impressed and inspired by the standard of our local talent. The evening promises to be a wonderful celebration and we would encourage you join us in recognising our local women in business.”

To find out more about the awards and see the 2017 short list, or to book tickets, visit

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