Shortlist announced for business women awards

On Friday 14th June Network North Tipperary will host their 3rd Annual Business Women of the Year Awards Dinner at The Fairways Bar and Orchard Restaurant in Kilruane, outside Nenagh. Businesses in North Tipperary were invited to apply for the Awards under 3 categories – New Business, Existing Business & an Employee category.

On Friday 14th June Network North Tipperary will host their 3rd Annual Business Women of the Year Awards Dinner at The Fairways Bar and Orchard Restaurant in Kilruane, outside Nenagh.

Businesses in North Tipperary were invited to apply for the Awards under 3 categories – New Business, Existing Business & an Employee category.

Louisa Condon, President Network North Tipperary is delighted to announce that this year AIB will be the title sponsor and will also sponsor the Existing Business Category. In addition Louisa says she would especially like to acknowledge the continued support that the Network receives from the Tipperary North County Enterprise Board on an annual basis. “I cannot emphasise enough that as a women in business group the support of the local County Enterprise Board is especially valuable to our members & has greatly helped our Network attract new members. We are thrilled yet again at the sheer calibre of businesses we have in Network North Tipperary and as their President I would like to take this opportunity in wishing them all the very best of luck.” TNCEB sponsor the Network on an annual basis in addition to sponsoring the New Business Category in this year’s awards.

As part of AIB’s commitment to support small businesses during the ‘Big Drive for Small Businesses’ programme, AIB are increasing their engagement with its business customers throughout North Tipperary and have stated that they are delighted to be main sponsor of Business Women of the Year Awards 2013 in conjunction with Network North Tipperary.

The Tipperary North County Enterprise Board has been involved with women in business networks since 2001 and believes that the Awards help to recognise the importance of female entrepreneurship and its contribution to the local economy. Speaking to the Press, CEO Rita Guinan said that “the New Business Category is very important to the Board as the competitors can act as a catalyst to other women contemplating self-employment”.

Network North Tipperary is one of ten branches nationwide that is part of Network Ireland, a network group for women in business. North Tipperary (www.networknorthtipp.ie) members own businesses in fashion and knitwear design, online business management, marketing, accounting, web development, graphic design, restaurants, food production and much more.

A great number and variety of businesses applied for these prestigious awards under 3 categories – New Business, Existing Business & an Employee category.

In the Emerging Business Category:

• Lisa McGee, ISLE Magazine - http://www.islemagazine.com/

• Sarah Baker, Cloughjordon House - http://www.cloughjordanhouse.com/

• Siobhan Kennedy, Kennedy’s Bar & Self Catering -

In the Existing Businesses Category:

• Joan McGowan, The Fairways Bar & Orchard Restaurant -www.fairwaysbar.ie

• Florrie Purcell, The Scullery - www.thescullery.ie

• Marion Murphy Cooney, Designer – www.marionmurphycooney.com

In the Employee Category

• Fiona Connolly, Lyons of Nenagh - www.lyonsofnenagh.com

• Van Gerarthy, Komsec - www.komsec.ie

Those chosen for the shortlist will now go through an interview process with judges – Geraldine Manning from TNCEB, Rani Dabri from Miss Moneypenny & Margaret Mc Loughney from AIB. Winners and runners up will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 14th June.

Former Irish Women’s Rugby International Fiona Steed has been chosen for this year’s Honorary Award as Tipperary Woman of the Year and will attend on the night.

The Network North Tipperary Business Awards Dinner will take place on Friday 14th June 2013 at 7.00pm and will have some very special guests in attendance.

Tickets are available from Mary Ryan Murray at 086-8199490 and cost €35pp for members and €40pp for non-members.