The contribution of female led businesses, female business leaders, organisations with female management teams and female sole traders was celebrated for the invaluable contribution they make to the Northern Ireland economy, at the third annual Women in Business Northern Ireland Awards in association with Invest Northern Ireland which was held in the Culloden Estate and Spa.
Patricia O’Hagan, of Core Systems ,was named Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year. Patricia has been with her current company since 1999, and since she took over the role of managing director in 2005, she has led the company to glowing success particularly in global markets. Since 2011 she has also served on the Economic Advisory Group, providing independent advice to Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster.
WOMEN IN BUSINESS NI AWARDS WINNERS
Best Small Business Sponsored by Belfast City Council, winner: Shelly Taylor, Taylored Workwear Ltd
Outstanding Management / Leadership, sponsored by Department for Employment and Learning, highly commended: Moya Johnston, Survitec Group Ltd
Outstanding Management / Leadership, sponsored by Department for Employment and Learning, winner: Darina Armstrong, Progressive Building Society
Advancing Diversity in the Work Place, sponsored by Equality Commission for NI, winner: Lynda Gordon, Southern Health and Social Care Trust
Best Marketing Campaign sponsored by JC Decaux, winner: Christine Adams , Abbey Insurance Brokers
Excellence in IT, sponsored by The Irish News, winner: Jacqueline McGonigle, Whatsonni.com
Best New Start Up sponsored by Ulster Bank, highly commended: Alison Allen, Driving Miss Daisy Driving School
Best New Start Up sponsored by Ulster Bank, winner: Tori Higginson & Andrea Martin, Stamp Promotions
Best Young Business Woman of the Year sponsored by Progressive Building Society, winner: Catherine O’Neill, Amelio
Best Customer Service, sponsored by Asda, winner: Mairead Mackle, Homecare Independent Living
Entrepreneurship / Innovation, sponsored by NYSE Euronext, highly commended: Jane Harnett, Harnett’s Oils
Entrepreneurship / Innovation, sponsored by NYSE Euronext, winner: Anne Murphy, Delegate International Recruitment Ltd
Best Exporter, sponsored by Business Travel Solutions, joint winners: Grace Weir, Stealth, Translations Ltd; Ruth Wilson, Beaufort Interiors
Best in Professional Service, sponsored by University of Ulster – Ulster Business School winner: Johann Muldoon, Manor Architects
Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland: Patricia O’Hagan MBE, Core Systems
Each of the shortlisted entrants for the 2013 Women in Business NI Awards had previously attended a Women in Business NI Retreat in Ulster Bank’s Dublin headquarters where they had the opportunity to network ahead of the awards ceremony.