Woman of the year 2014: How to nominate

The overall award for Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year, in association with The OUTLET, Banbridge, will be chosen by the judges from the winners of the nine categories

The Belfast Telegraph is delighted to welcome The OUTLET, Banbridge on board the 2014 Woman of the Year Awards.

The largest shopping outlet in Ireland, it has long been a favourite of fashionistas and is a perfect fit for our annual awards ceremony.

Who doesn't like a bargain and with many leading brands such as Jeff Banks, Mamas & Papas, Villeroy and Boch, M&S, Gap, Next, Nike, LK Bennett and Jaeger -- all just 25 minutes south of Belfast and offering between 30% to 70% discount -- it's little wonder The OUTLET is a local shoppers' paradise. It also boasts the free children's play space W5 Lite, developed by W5 making it a real family day out.

Commenting on the decision to be part of the Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year Awards, Siobhan McKeown, marketing manager, said: "The awards honour ordinary women from Northern Ireland that have attained extraordinary achievements.

"The OUTLET, Banbridge is proud to be associated with such a prestigious event through our media partnership with the Belfast Telegraph.

"The individual stories behind each nominee highlight the strength, courage and determination of these amazing women. They are an inspiration."

Nominations

For each category, the nominee should have been in her line of work for at least 12 months and have shown particular success, a demonstrable measure of achievement, how she inspired others around her, and how she has demonstrated passion, drive and energy in what she does.

You may enter nominations in any or all of the nine categories.

The overall award for Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year, in association with The OUTLET, Banbridge, will be chosen by the judges from the winners of the nine categories9

Each of the nominations must be supported by a citation which should not be more than 200 words

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Citations should also include your name, address and daytime telephone number and should arrive not later than noon on Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Send them to: Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year, Belfast Telegraph, 124 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1EB or by email to: womanoftheyear@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Please note that this year the Woman of the Year in Fashion category has been changed to Woman of the Year in Hair, Beauty and Fashion

Each category winner will be presented with a trophy at a gala dinner at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast, on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

The awards ceremony will be hosted by the BBC's Wendy Austin

1. Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year in Education

2. Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year in the Voluntary Sector

3. Belfast Telegraph Sportswoman of the Year, sponsored by RAF Reserve

4. Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year in the Health Sector, sponsored by Linwoods

5. Belfast Telegraph Mum of the Year, sponsored by Irwins

6. Belfast Telegraph Inspirational Woman of the Year

7. Belfast Telegraph Businesswoman of the Year

8. Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year in Hair, Beauty and Fashion

9. Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year in the Arts

10. Overall Woman of the Year, sponsored by The OUTLET

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