Allstate Northern Ireland wins big at the 2019 Women in Business awards

  • Local tech firms Allstate Northern Ireland and First Derivatives plc won awards at this year's Women in Business Awards in Belfast.

    The annual Women in Business Awards have celebrated the success of women in the world of business for the past nine years, and this year's event in Belfast was a very successful one for Allstate Northern Ireland and others. A record 185 entries where submitted by companies and entrepreneurs from across Northern Ireland, and this week 16 people and one business took home awards.

    Allstate Northern Ireland's Linda O’Reilly took home the award for Excellence in IT and its Dr Liz O’Sullivan won the Award for Outstanding Innovation (Corporate). First Derivatives plc's Anne Marie Patterson won the Award for Best in Professional Services (Corporate).

    The official full list of winners for 2019 are:

    • Award for Advancing Diversity in the Workplace. Danske Bank UK (sponsored by Queen’s University Belfast Management School)
    • Award for Best Customer Service (Corporate). Jackie Reid, DELI LITES (sponsored by RSA Group)
    • Award for Best Customer Service (Small Business) Laura Killough, Larchfield Estate (sponsored by RSA Group)
    • Award for Best in Professional Services (Corporate). Anne Marie Patterson, First Derivatives plc (sponsored by Advance Coaching)
    • Award for Best in Professional Services (Small Business). Louise Breen, Mallon McCormick Solicitors (sponsored by Advance Coaching)
    • Award for Best Marketing Campaign (Corporate). Amanda Sistern, Cleaver Fulton Rankin (sponsored by Kaizen Print)
    • Award for Best Marketing Campaign (Small Business). Jennie Wallace, Beyond Skin Clinic (sponsored by Kaizen Print)
    • Award for Best New Start Up. Lisa Smyth and Christine McKee, SheSaid Design and Branding (sponsored by Go For It)
    • Award for Best Small Business. Katie Martin, Martin Contracting Services Ltd (sponsored by Danske Bank)
    • Award for Outstanding Innovation. (Corporate) Dr Liz O’Sullivan, Allstate Northern Ireland (sponsored by First Trust Bank)
    • Award for Outstanding Innovation. (Small Business) Dr Esther L. Skelly-Smith, Shanaghan Veterinary Services (sponsored by First Trust Bank)
    • Award for Excellence in IT. Linda O’Reilly, Allstate Northern Ireland (sponsored by Citi)
    • Award for Best Exporter. Jackie Reid, DELI LITES (sponsored by The Irish News)
    • Award for Outstanding Management and Leadership. Anne Donaghy, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council (sponsored by Fleet Financial Ltd)
    • Award for Young Business Woman of the Year 2019. Kathryn Mills, Lifestyle Gymnastics Academy (sponsored by Ulster Bank)
    • Award for Business Woman of the Year. Edel Doherty, Beyond Business Travel (sponsored by Virgin Media Business)
    • Special Recognition Award for Lifetime Achievement, Wilma Erskine. Awarded by Women in Business

    Women in Business Chief Executive, Roseann Kelly commented, “We are honoured to bring together so many successful and inspiring women from across Northern Ireland. Awards such as these are crucial to promote positive recognition and encourage others to strive to achieve their goals and challenge outdated stereotypes.”

    This year's Business Woman of the Year award went to entrepreneur Edel Doherty, the founder and managing director of bespoke travel management company Beyond Business Travel. The company started in 2010 and has already grown to over 25 staff with turnover of £16m. A Special Lifetime Achievement Award was also given to Wilma Erskine, the secretary-manager of Royal Portrush, following the success of the 148th Open at Royal Portrush.

    Source: Written based on press release

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