Newry businesswoman wins double at prestigious award ceremony

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Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
Business, Community

Northern Ireland’s top businesswomen were celebrated for their outstanding achievements at the 2019 Women in Business Awards which took place at the Crowne Plaza in Belfast.

Newry businesswoman Jackie Reid of Deli Lites walked away with two of the most prestigious awards of the evening including Award for Best Customer Service (Corporate), sponsored by RSA Group and the Award for Best Exporter, sponsored by the Irish News.

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This year’s Awards, now in their ninth year, brought together female entrepreneurs and businesswomen from a diverse range of disciplines to acknowledge and congratulate them on their hard work, dedication and success.



Sponsored by Virgin Media Business for the second consecutive year, the Awards received a remarkable 185 submissions and honoured sixteen inspiring women and one outstanding business organisation.

The highly acclaimed Business Woman of the Year 2019 award, also sponsored by Virgin Media Business, was presented to entrepreneur Edel Doherty.

With over 30 years in the travel industry, Edel has an impressive career portfolio and is the founder and managing director of Beyond Business Travel, a bespoke travel management company.

Edel started her company in 2010 and the business has gone from strength to strength with over 25 employees, an impressive turnover of £16 million, plans to grow to £50million in 4 years and a new Dublin office.



After the success of The 148th Open at Royal Portrush this year, Women in Business was delighted to present Wilma Erskine, secretary-manager of Royal Portrush who is widely regarded as being the driving force behind securing the competition, with the Special Lifetime Achievement Award.

Alison Bawn, People Director at Virgin Media Business said, “We believe in providing job opportunities for everyone, regardless of what we look like, where we come from, or how we were raised.

“The success of any business depends on its ability to create a diverse and inclusive workforce which is why we’re proud sponsors of the Women in Business awards.



She added, “All of tonight’s winners should be incredibly proud of their achievements which will inspire other businesswomen and accelerate the journey to workplace gender parity.”

Women in Business Chief Executive, Roseann Kelly commented, “We are honoured to bring together so many successful and inspiring women from across Northern Ireland. 

She added, “Awards such as these are crucial to promote positive recognition and encourage others to strive to achieve their goals and challenge outdated stereotypes.”



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