Network Ireland Wicklow Branch have announced the winners of the Wicklow Businesswomen of the Year Awards.
Six individual awards were presented to outstanding female business leaders at the gala ceremony in their respective categories on May 9th in the Brooklodge Hotel.
• The Emerging New Business Owner of the Year went to Anna Dobson of Love Mo Chuisle / Tweed in the Valley, An Irish Tweed clothing and accessory brand produced in Avoca.
• Employee of the Year is Jean Evans of Highline Office Technology, the leading provider of office technology for SMEs in Ireland, operating nationwide.
• In the Arts category the award went to Joanne Costello of Xmedia, a diverse collective of Irish based talent offering a full-service production agency based in Delgany.
• The Best Small Business Owner Award went to Rachael Davis of Remedy Pilates and Physiotherapy, Bray, using her skills in physical and mindful health to bridge a gap in clinical exercise to help improve function, performance and wellbeing.
• The Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) Professional award went to Deborah Sudding of The Ultrasound Suite, Bray, Greystones & Dublin, providing professional, sympathetic, reassuring and affordable private ultrasound services to the community.
• The final award went to the Best Large SME Owner, Libby Murray of Elysian Brows & Beauty Group, with locations in Greystones and Dublin, catering to all individuals for every brow and beauty need. The judges also gave a highly commended certificates to Chelsey Doonan, Head Chef at Food at Fishers Café, Aisling Callaghan of Wilson Security Systems, Michelle Lynch Power of The Hearing Clinic and Claire Williams of Meadows Skincare and a special recognition award to Anne TarpeyMcNally of Pretty Woman Boutique and Aoife Keogh of Aoife Rose Designs.
Network Wicklow President, Nicola Donegan of Orchard Print & Promotions said: “These awards are about celebrating the wealth of talent in the region and shining a light on the female role models in the business community.”
This was the toughest year ever with record number of entrants and the judges commented on the high standard of entrants. I didn’t envy them their job! The winners represent the cream of the crop and have our full support at the national competition where I believe we have every chance to win again!
Judging the awards were Marie McDonald from AIB Wicklow, Sarah Lyn McKenna from The Entrepreneurs Academy and Shay Fitzmaurice from The Wicklow Times. Sponsoring the awards were; AIB, In Good Company, LEO Wicklow, East Coast FM and Carter Beauty Cosmetics.
The 2019 charity partner was Wicklow Welcomes, established to improve the quality of life for the residents of the direct provision centre in Wicklow Town. The Network Ireland Businesswoman of the Year Awards celebrate the excellence, professionalism, vision and leadership of women all over Ireland. Regional branch winners will now go forward to compete at the Network Ireland National Business Awards in September.
The National Network Ireland Businesswoman of the Year Awards will take place on Friday 27th September 2019 in Cork. The judging for finalists will take place early September in Dublin. Earlier this year Network Ireland hosted a major event at Thomond Park, the home of Munster Rugby to celebrate International Women’s Day.
The event celebrated women in business and also focused on the importance of building resilience. Hundreds of women from around Ireland attended the conference, from budding entrepreneurs, SME owners, professionals and leaders in indigenous and multinational organisations to non-profits, charities, arts and the public sector.
President of Network Ireland, Helen Wycherley said: “This year I want to encourage women to ‘Step-Up’ and also on #BuildingResilience – for ourselves and our businesses.
It is important to develop a positive and resilient mind-set to conquer the challenges we as businesswomen encounter. Our awards are a fantastic, inspiring, fun way to celebrate the successes of the women in our organisation and they are also a great way for our members to learn and connect with other women in business.”