Three Naas-based women with diverse business backgrounds have been selected to represent the county at a national awards ceremony.
Network Ireland Kildare, the networking organisation for professional and business women, has chosen Pauline Forde of Heirloom Bridal Bouquets, Renee McGinn of Tir na NOg Creche and Edel McCabe of Naas Racecourse to as its Business Women of the Year.
Formal presentations were made to the three women at a business dinner held in the Village at Lyons estate in Celbridge on Thursday last. The winners will now go through to the Network Ireland National Awards on September 28, which will be held in Drogheda.
Pauline Forde, who won the New Business award, runs the Naas-based Heirloom Bridal Bouquets. She is a professional florist with over 20 years experience in speciality floral design. Her business provides brides with a bouquet with a twist, as each is made up of vintage style brooches, jewels and handmade satin roses.
Renee McGinn, who won the Self-employed Businesswoman of the Year Award, established Tir na nOg Creche in Naas in 1999, with co-director Fiona Cleary. It spans 9000 sq ft of pupose built child care space with an extensive outdoor play area, catering for all types of childcare for babies right up to 12-year-olds.
Edel McCabe, who won the Employee of the Year category, has bee the marketing and PR manager at Naas Racecourse for the past eight years. She has vast experience in the horseracing and event management industry, including hospitality, sponsorship, advertising, promotions and corporate entertainment.
Personal finance journalist Jill Kerby emceed the event and Yvonne Malone, President of Network Irleand Kildare congratulated the three finalists on their “innovation, passion and commitment to their business proving that they can win in these challenging times”. The Kildare County Enterprise Board, ACEC Quality Lighting, Tesco Ireland and Michael Donnelly Photography.
For more photos from the event, see this week’s Leinster Leader