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Women in Business to celebrate top talent at 10th annual awards

Women in Business chief executive Roseann Kelly (right) and Seamus Corry from Virgin Media Business with Pamela Ballantine, who will host the awards on Thursday March 10

THE landmark achievements of Northern Ireland’s businesswomen will be celebrated at the 2022 Women in Business Awards.

Now in its 10th year, the awards, sponsored by Virgin Media Business, are an annual celebration of the outstanding achievements of female business leaders in Northern Ireland.

The gala evening will be hosted at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast on Thursday March 10, where businesswomen from all sectors will come together to recognise, reward and celebrate the best in home-grown talent.

Women in Business chief executive Roseann Kelly said: “Over the past 10 years, women have made a hugely significant contribution to the business community here in Northern Ireland. Our 2022 awards ceremony will act as a celebration of this impact across a wide range of business categories, championing the talent and dedication of local women at an in-person event following last year’s virtual awards.

“As a business community, our aim is to celebrate, encourage, and inspire women to achieve greater success, by highlighting the amazing talent of businesswomen locally and showcasing them as role models to future leaders.

“With a record awards attendance expected, I would warmly encourage women to nominate themselves or a colleague, before the deadline of Monday January 31.”

The awards recognise businesswomen from a diverse range of disciplines through 12 categories. The past nine years has seen winners from a wide range of sectors including media, tourism, technology and the public sector.

The 2022 ceremony boasts a number of prestigious sponsors, including title sponsor Virgin Media Business, media partner The Irish News, along with others such as Danske Bank, Queen's University and AIB.

Seamus McCorry, regional director for Virgin Media Business in Northern Ireland, said: “Virgin Media Business is proud to support career opportunities for everyone.

“Empowering women and helping them rise into senior manager and leadership positions is vital for a diverse and successful business community as well as the Northern Irish economy. We’re delighted to be working with Women in Business for the fourth consecutive year and look forward to celebrating some of the nation’s most exciting success stories.”

Annette Small, marketing manager at the Irish News, added: “Diversity and inclusion play a significant role in setting the tone of an organisation. The Irish News is delighted to support Women in Business, a growing network that celebrates diverse and talented local female leaders paving the way, and promotes women’s positive contribution to the local economy and society.”

More than 500 guests attended 2019’s gala awards dinner, which brings together business people from a broad range of sectors and industries to recognise the best in local talent, and celebrate the success of female entrepreneurs, business leaders and senior managers at the only ceremony of its kind in Northern Ireland.

All finalists will join the Women in Business Award Finalist Alumnae of nearly 300 women which offers the opportunity to network and engage with like-minded business women, enhancing both personal and professional development.

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

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