NETWORK Ireland have announced the winners of the Network Ireland Business Awards 2018,
The annual awards celebrate the excellence, professionalism, vision and leadership of business women in Ireland.
This year saw a record number of entries for the awards. Winners were selected at a regional level in the Buisnesswoman of the Year Awards before being put forward as finalists in the overall national awards in their respective categories.
More than 200 women from the 15 branches attended the awards ceremony in Galway.
Irene Twohig, owner of Educogym, Cork, won the award for Large SME, sponsored by AIB.
Laura Jayne Halton, Couture Designer, won the Arts Award sponsored by Blink Design while the Emerging New Business Award, sponsored by KPMG, went to Caroline Murphy of West Cork Eggs.
Laura Maher of Reilly’s SuperValu Sallins was awarded Employee of the Year sponsored by Peter Mark and Best Use of Digital Award, sponsored by Facebook was presented to Caroline Dunlea, Core Optimisation Ltd.
Geraldine Jones of Mediskin took home the award for Best Small SME, sponsored by Alastair Purdy & Co. Solicitors.
Speaking about the Awards, Roseann Heavey, President of Network Ireland 2018 and Partner with Noone Casey said: “It was an honour to host the 11th annual Network Ireland Businesswomen of the Year Awards in Galway this year. Our membership is growing which was reflected in the record number of awards entries this year.
“The independent panel of judges all agreed that there were some phenomenal submissions and the competition was very tough. It’s great to see our members being rewarded for their extraordinary achievements.”
Also awarded on the night was the Network Ireland 2018 Trish Murphy Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution, traditionally conferred by the President of Network Ireland to an Irish Woman of their choosing for an outstanding contribution to society. This year’s nominee was Limerick woman Vicky Phelan.
Also highly commended on the evening were; Carmel Mulligan, Laztech IT Services (AIB Large SME Highly Commended), Roseann McDonnell, Art Business Summit (Blink Design Arts Highly Commended), Karen O’Reilly, Employmum (KPMG Emerging New Business Highly Commended), Mary Quinn, Smartbear (Peter Mark Employee of the Year Highly Commeded), Louise McDonnell, Facebook Expert (Facebook Best Use of Digital Highly Commended) and Angela Canavan, Byrne Canavan (Alastair Purdy & Co. Solicitors Small SME Highly Commended). Claire Williams, Chia Bia was named Employee of the Year Rising Star.