Posted on Thursday 16 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and Roseann Kelly, Chief Executive of Women in Business NI

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has encouraged women to pick up a pen and enter the second Women in Business NI Awards in association with Invest Northern Ireland.

The awards will take place on Thursday 22 November in the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.

Minister Foster said: “Northern Ireland’s women have a reputation for working hard and achieving success, both locally and in the global marketplace and the second Women in Business NI Awards are a fitting acknowledgement of the contribution women make to our economy.

“These awards recognise all that is good about being a woman in business in Northern Ireland. I would encourage entrepreneurs and those in senior management positions to consider the categories, enter and seek the recognition that their efforts deserve.”

Roseann Kelly, Chief Executive of Women in Business NI, said: “It is vitally important that we recognise the effort being made by business owners and business leaders across Northern Ireland, especially in such tough trading times.

"The interest in the first Women in Business NI awards surpassed all our expectations in terms of the number of entries received and the number of attendees at the glittering ceremony. The entries produced a shortlist of outstanding women from which the eventual remarkable winners were judged.

“This year we have therefore decided to offer all finalists the opportunity to attend the first ever Women in Business NI Finalists Retreat. An exclusive and intimate event which will stimulate networking and personal development, the retreat will be aimed at inspiring those women who will reach the shortlist for this year’s awards."

There are 10 categories open for entry - best new start up, entrepreneurship / innovation, outstanding management / leadership, best marketing campaign, best small business, best customer service, best in professional services, best young business woman of the year, advancing gender / diversity in the work place, best exporter.

Closing date for entry is Friday 28 September 2012.

Women in Business NI is the largest and fastest growing business network for female entrepreneurs and business leaders in Northern Ireland. Established in 2002, the network has almost 700 members spread throughout all industry sectors.

To join Women in Business NI, log onto www.womeninbusinessni.com. Follow Women in Business NI on facebook at www.facebook.com/womeninbusinessNI or on twitter @wibni.

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