by Aiken PR
Since being founded in 2002, Women in Business NI has grown to become Ireland’s largest and fastest growing female business network, with our membership numbers growing exponentially every year.
Despite the challenges of Covid–19 2020 was no different. Women across Northern Ireland have turned to Women in Business for support, and a place to connect and network with other businesswomen and female entrepreneurs throughout the pandemic.
Indicative of the importance of connectedness and a sense of community for women in the workplace, and the hard work of the amazing women behind the organisation in supporting our members in the business community, Women in Business is marking another incredible milestone as we celebrate our 5,000th member this month.
Muriel McCullins, McCullins HR took the plunge into self–employment in October 2019, having spent the last 20 years working in HR roles with successful commercial businesses was the lucky 5,000th Member and was delighted to be the milestone member.
Women in Business offers businesswomen in Northern Ireland access to networking opportunities, a wide range of training programmes and online events, and an exclusive member directory which allows women to search and find new connections within the membership network. These opportunities have proved to be a lifeline for women in the workplace throughout the past year, when many of us have been faced with challenges in our careers, working lives and in our personal and home lives.
While recognising these challenges and the barriers females have faced as a result of the pandemic, we are still working hard to ensure women are equipped with the skills they need to start, and grow, their own business or develop their careers, rising into senior manager and leadership positions.
With this in mind, we continue to support women through a number of programmes and initiatives, and in 2020 celebrated the launch of the Young Women’s Network in Partnership with Ulster Bank and Press Refresh, an innovative female returners programme in partnership with Belfast Metropolitan College.
With our membership now standing at 5,000 members across NI, Women in Business provides a valuable business network delivering for and giving a voice to businesswomen across Northern Ireland. And as charitable organisation what we strive to do is redress gender imbalance in the business community, and promote equality to build a diverse and strong economy for everyone.