Wicklow business woman of the year shortlist announced

The Judges from Network Ireland Wicklow Branch are delighted to announce  the finalists for the 2017 Business Awards.


Wicklow women from business, the service industry, the professions and arts & culture all entered the Wicklow Branch’s business awards which will take place on May 11th in Tinakilly House at 7pm.


PR guru Terry Prone will deliver the keynote address, on the importance of Public Relations for the modern business. There will be a gala 3 course evening meal, some prosecco, the awards themselves and a talk with Terry Prone.


Anyone interested is welcome to attend the event.

Tickets cost €35 for members and €55 for non-members and booking is essential and can be done through www.networkireland.ie/events or www.networkirelandwicklowawards.eventbrite.com.


Network Ireland Wicklow Branch President, Louisa Meehan of Woodview HRM said: “What an exciting time this is for recognising the amazing business women in Ireland, especially in Wicklow. We have received an outstanding, high calibre of entries to Network Ireland Wicklow’s 2017 Business Awards, some really fantastic entries by some very impressive business women.


Personally, I have been very impressed with the quality and level of entries, the future for businesses in Wicklow is bright with some much talent on our doorstep. It is certainly going to be hard for our three judges, Louise Fleming from the LEO Wicklow, Dianna Sheridan, President of Wicklow Chamber of Commerce and Alan McBride, AIB, to pick a winner in each category, the competition is so high, winners will be announced on the night of 11th May which will be a fantastic evening all round.”


There are three categories: Small Business (less than 10 employees); Emerging New Business and the Arts. The finalists:


Small Business – Aisling Callaghan, Wilson Security; Emma McKernan, McKernan & Co. Chartered Accountants; Nicola Donegan, Orchard Print & Promotions Ltd.; Anne Gregory, Anne Gregory Bridal; Molly Williams, Hidden Valley Park and Christmas Island.


Emerging New Business – Audrey Dalton, Pawtrait; Clodagh Doyle, Placelift; Kate Markiewicz, Flavour Design; Muireann Fitzmaurice, Marketing Coach Toolkit; Yvonne Hyland, Arc Agency; Leigh Williams, The Wicklow Brewery; Joanne Costello, Xmedia


The Arts – Audrey Dalton, Pawtrait; Charlotte Harrison, Charlotte Harrison Goldsmith; Kate Markiewicz, Flavour Design.


Rebecca Harrison of Fishers, Newtownmountkennedy is the 2017 President of Network Ireland and set up Network Ireland Wicklow Branch last November said: “In addition to a night to celebrate the sucess stories of professional women in Wicklow, we are also delighted to announce the evening is also a charity Fundraiser for Tiglin.


Tiglin offers a recovery programme for people suffering from addiction and is based in Ashford, Co. Wicklow. It caters for over 40 participants at a time and their outcomes are remarkable with typically a 78% success rate. The programme allows the individuals to slowly develop all of the skills needed to overcome their addiction. With a constant waiting list to enter their programme, we are delighted to help Tiglin raise funding so they can open extra much needed beds.”


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