Newry woman recognised for business achievements

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Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
Business, Community

Women in Business has recognised outstanding business women from across Northern Ireland at the 7th Annual Women in Business Awards.

The Awards, presented at a gala evening, recognise the hard work, dedication and progress of local female business women and this year received a record number of entries.



Eleven inspirational women together with two organisations were acknowledged for their outstanding contribution to business in Northern Ireland.

The award for Best Exporter, sponsored by Aer Lingus was received by Newry woman Celine Grant.

Celine accepted the accolade on behalf of Newry based waste management company Re-Gen Waste Ltd.

Marie-Thérèse McGivern received the accolade for Outstanding Business Woman of the Year 2017. 



As principal and chief executive of the longest established further and higher education college in Northern Ireland, Marie-Thérèse has led the institution from the edge of corporate collapse to a state of financial stability, strong satisfaction levels and restored pride.

A well-deserved winner, she has spoken all over the world on the issue of urban regeneration and held numerous advisory, visiting and honorary posts.


Speaking to Newry Times, Imelda McMillan, Women in Business Chair said, “We are delighted to honour these women this evening, they have demonstrated not only high levels of skill and business acumen, but the tenacity and determination required to succeed in their area of business. I would like to congratulate each one of our winners.

“Although women are excelling in business they continue to face obstacles and unequal opportunity in the workplace. We encourage everyone to continue to tackle these issues through education, mentoring and discussion,” she added.



As well as rewarding excellence, the evening also sought to inspire women to continue to push the boundaries, challenge perceptions and change stereotypes. Finalists and guests were addressed by leading business woman Chanelle, Lady McCoy, co-head of Ireland’s largest pharmaceutical company, Chanelle Medical.

Commenting on the level of accomplishment Chanelle said, “At the Awards I have met so many inspirational, motivated and dedicated women who have set out to chase their dreams and achieve their goals.

“It is wonderful to be able to celebrate their achievements and acknowledge their drive, grit and determination. Without these women, businesses would not be thriving as they are, girls would no longer have inspirational female role models and workplaces would be a much duller place.

“As women and women in business, we must continue to strive to reach our goals and lift each other up by celebrating each other’s achievements, of which there is an abundance, clearly demonstrated by the level of entrants, finalists and winners here tonight,” Chanelle added.



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