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by Aiken PR

14/03/2022

400 people from NI’s business community came together to recognise, reward and celebrate the best in home–grown talent.

Northern Ireland’s top businesswomen were celebrated for their outstanding achievements at the 2022 Women in Business Awards which took place at Belfast’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday evening.

This year’s Awards, now in their 10th year, brought together female entrepreneurs and businesswomen from all sectors to recognise, reward and celebrate the best in home–grown talent.

Sponsored by Virgin Media O2 Business for the fourth consecutive year, the Awards received a remarkable 173 submissions and honoured sixteen inspiring women and one outstanding business organisation.

The highly acclaimed Business Woman of the Year 2022 award, also sponsored by Virgin Media O2 Business, was presented to CEO of Staffline Ireland Tina McKenzie, whose 25–plus years in the recruitment and employment sector was the toast of the evening. Tina is also the Honorary Consul to Finland and was this month appointed Chair of Policy for the FSB in the UK, following a successful four years representing and lobbying for businesses in NI in her local FSB policy role.

With a body of work spanning 40 years, Women in Business was delighted to present the illustrious Pamela Ballantine with the Special Lifetime Achievement Award. The 400–plus audience rose to a standing ovation to recognise Pamela’s decorated career across broadcast, print, and radio.

The Women in Business award winners 2022 are:

Award for Advancing Diversity in the Workplace (sponsored by Queen’s University Belfast)

o Individual Jill Michael, A&L Goodbody

o Organisation Northern Ireland Electricity Networks

Award for Best Customer Service (sponsored by Irish News)

o Individual Aisling Press, Danske Bank UK

o Small Business, Louise Skeath, SDG

Award for Outstanding Mentor (sponsored by Version 1)

o Winner – Donna O’Connor, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service

Award for Best in Professional Services (sponsored by Honeycomb)

o Corporate Winner Jenny Moore, Danske Bank UK

o Small Business, Una O’Duil, Home Instead

Award for Best Marketing Campaign (sponsored by Kaizen Print)

o Corporate Winner Leigh Osborne, Action Cancer

o Small Business, Colette McCartney, Holistic Kidz Ltd.

Award for Best New Start Up (sponsored by Go For It)

o Winner – Melanie Dawson, Origin7 Ltd

Award for Best Small Business (sponsored by Danske Bank)

o Winner – Alison McFadden, Continu

Award for Outstanding Innovation (sponsored by AIB)

o Corporate Winner Kerry McCloy, Cleaver Fulton Rankin

o Small Business, Johanna Scullion, HR Made Easy

Award for Excellence in IT (sponsored by Citi)

o Winner – Cathy Hawthorne, Kainos

• Outstanding Management and Leadership (sponsored by Belfast Harbour)

o Winner – Barbara McKiernan, VANRATH

Award for Young Business Woman of the Year (sponsored by Allstate)

o Winner – Jenna Hill, CHILL Gas Ltd

Award for Business Woman of the Year (sponsored by Virgin Media O2 Business)

o Winner – Tina McKenzie

Seamus McCorry, Regional Director for Virgin Media O2 Business in Northern Ireland said: 

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

“Empowering women and helping them rise into senior manager and leadership positions is vital for a diverse and successful business community as well as the Northern Irish economy. All of tonight’s winners should be incredibly proud of their achievements which will inspire other businesswomen and accelerate the journey towards 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. Over the past 10 years, women have made a hugely significant contribution to the business community here, and it is ceremonies such as these that are crucial to promote positive recognition and to highlight the amazing talents of businesswomen in Northern Ireland.”