A group of local businesswomen were honoured at last Friday night’s Network Ireland Kildare Branch Midsummer’s Eve Gala Dinner and Business Awards.
The event was held at Carton House, Maynooth.
Lorraine Duane of Caragh-based Duane Learning Ltd won the ‘New Business, Business Woman of the Year’ award. Lorraine has produced “Wash & Learn”, which is a toiletry bag with a unique difference.
It teaches children the fundamental basics of personal hygiene while indirectly teaching the child how to dress themselves.
Lorraine was selected by the judges as she was seen to be an innovative and tenacious business woman, whose business demonstrates huge potential.
“Self Employed, Business Woman of the Year” was awarded to Rebecca Birchall, of Fishers of Newtownmountkennedy. Rebecca was seen as an empowered business woman with business spirit, business acumen and huge energy.
Fishers of Newtownmountkennedy is a destination retail hub with men’s and women’s fashions, a café, and other specialty stores.
Fishers is a family run business which has changed with the times and is very much customer-focused.
Also nominated for awards were Margaret O’Gorman of Ambit Financial Services, Catherine Fitzsimons of Freshthinking HRM, Jill Blanc of Jill Blanc Event Designs and Una O’Connell, Health & Wellness Coach.
Susan Webster, President of Network Ireland Kildare Branch said: “We are thrilled with the finalists, they are a great example of our inspirational members who are innovative and energetic about their businesses and understand their customer’s needs.
“We wish them every success going forward to the National Awards and have every confidence they will do us proud at the National Awards”.
Mary Fehily-Hobbs, Network Ireland National President gave the guests a preview of the line-up of speakers for this year’s National Conference and Business Awards, which is taking place on Friday, September 26, in the Killashee House Hotel.
The Network Ireland, Kildare, business awards were kindly sponsored this year by Kildare Local Enterprise Office, AIB, Tesco Extra Naas and ACEC Lighting Distributors.
Network Ireland is a networking organisation for women involved in business, the professions and the arts.