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Awards will recognise Top Business Women in Northern Ireland

Launching the eighth Women in Business Awards are the organisation's chief executive Roseann Kelly with Seamus McCorry (right), head of sales and pre-sales (Northern Ireland) at headline sponsor Virgin Media, and Gary McDonald, business editor at the Irish News, the awards' media partner

THE achievements of Northern Ireland's top business women will again be celebrated at the 2018 Women in Business Awards, an initiative now in its eighth year.

And this year's programme has a new headline business partner in Virgin Media Business.

The Women in Business Awards are an annual celebration of the outstanding achievements of female business leaders in the north, and the gala celebration night is at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on November 8, where all sectors are invited to join for an evening of celebration.

Women in Business chief executive Roseann Kelly said: “We are delighted to be launching the eighth Women in Business Awards with our new partner Virgin Media Business. We believe that it is imperative for the business sector to lead the way by showing their support for an inclusive business community.

“As leaders, women are a valuable and integral part of our community and business life. The Women in Business Awards brings people together to acknowledge women's professional achievements and to celebrate and reward them for being amazing role models for current and future generations.

“The awards recognise business women from a diverse range of disciplines through 11 awards categories.

"Over the past seven years, we have seen winners from tourism, media, technology and the public sector and I would encourage women to nominate themselves or a colleague.”

All finalists will join the Women in Business Award Finalist Alumnae, which offers the opportunity to network and engage with like-minded business women enhancing both personal and professional development.

Seamus McCorry, head of sales and pre-sales (Northern Ireland) at Virgin Media said: “Women in Business Northern Ireland are a fantastic organisation striving to encourage, empower and enlighten women. Our partnership together sees a merging of creative thinking with a plan to facilitate growth and support of business women across Northern Ireland.

"We're thrilled to be working with Women in Business as we build a diverse and gender balanced workforce which reflects our customers and the communities we serve and ensures our people can be their best selves at work. We look forward to sponsoring and attending this year's awards in November.”

John Brolly, marketing manager at the Irish News, which is again the media partner for the WIB Awards, said: "This initiative is an outstanding opportunity to stimulate a more innovative and entrepreneurial culture in Northern Ireland.

"Women play a vital role in building confidence across the business community and creating a vibrant culture of entrepreneurial spirit, and we are delighted to be associated with these awards."

:: Entries are now open. For a full list of award categories, entry forms and to book a ticket to the event visit www. womeninbusinessni.com

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