Women in Business NI Awards 2012

Enterprise Minister calls for women to enter this year’s awards to highlight the contribution they make to the local ecomony

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster is encouraging women to enter the second Women in Business NI Awards which will take place on Thursday 22 November 2012 in the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.

This year’s title sponsor is Invest Northern Ireland and the media partner is The Irish News.

Contribution to the economy
Minister Foster said: “Northern Ireland’s women have a reputation for working hard and achieving success, both locally and in the global marketplace and the second Women in Business NI Awards are a fitting acknowledgement of the contribution women make to our economy.

“These awards recognise all that is good about being a woman in business in Northern Ireland. I would encourage entrepreneurs and those in senior management positions to consider the categories, enter and seek the recognition that their efforts deserve.”

Benefits of entering awards
Selection as a finalist or winner of a Women in Business NI Award carries enormous prestige for business owners and leaders within business.

The award acknowledgement brings attention and support from the business community, government, industry and the media. The achievement also brings credibility and recognition for the finalist or winner’s company.

To add more value to being a Women in Business NI Awards finalist, a finalist’s retreat has been introduced which will be a fantastic opportunity to build strong business connections with your fellow finalists over a full day of workshops, seminars and networking.

Entering the awards
The Women in Business NI awards are open to all women in business in Northern Ireland, whether you operate as a sole trader, a partnership or as part of an organisation.

The judges will base their criteria on strong business acumen, leadership and entrepreneurial skills, charisma and healthy financials with a strong commitment to sustainable growth.

Further information
The closing date for entry is Friday 28 September 2012. You can find out more and enter the Women in Business NI Awards 2012 on the Women in Business NI website.