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Belfast Telegraph Mum of the year: Sponsor: Irwin’s Bakery

Colette Wilson, Irwin’s marketing manager, says:

“Irwin’s Bakery is extremely proud to support this year’s Belfast Telegraph Mum of the Year award which recognises outstanding mothers, leaders and role models across Northern Ireland. As a mother-of-two, I understand the hard work, effort but also immense sense of pride being a mum brings to your life.

At Irwin’s we believe in strong family values and a sense of community. As Irwin’s centenary approaches in 2012, it is a very exciting time to be involved in the bakery, to see the family business mark 100 years and to be part of that family which has brought and will continue to bring a quality range of products, from the iconic Nutty Krust to the innovative Muffin Loaf, to mums at the heart of homes across Northern Ireland.”

Belfast Telegraph woman of the year in education: Sponsor :Queen’s University Management School

Denise Falls from the school says:

We are delighted to sponsor the Belfast Telegraph’s Woman of the Year In Education award for 2011. At Queen’s we are committed to enhancing women’s education and leadership opportunities. We know the importance of women contributing at the highest level in all sectors here. It makes for better decision-making, more profitable enterprises, and more inclusive workplaces.

Recent research tells us that women are particularly affected in recessionary times. Yet it is precisely in difficult contexts that a society must call on every resource and talent available to find creative and innovative solutions to the crisis.

Our new management school has been given a new lease of life as a prestigious postgraduate and executive education and conference centre. It is also home to the school’s exciting Leadership Institute. This has as its mission improving the leadership capabilities and potential of individuals and organisations at home and wider afield.”

Belfast Telegraph woman of the year in fashion: Sponsor: Menarys, founded in Cookstown in 1923 and with 20 stores across Ireland

Stephen McCammon, MD of Menarys, says:

Menarys is delighted to be sponsoring the Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year in Fashion category. We feel that fashion plays a huge part for every woman and always gives that extra boost of confidence.

Our new campaign with model agency director Alison Campbell and Joanne Salley reflects this. Menarys’ aim is to provide fashion for women at every age and lifestyle. Northern Ireland has a wealth of talented designers and women in fashion and we want to continue to support local fashion at its best.”

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