Award Categories 2020

Network Ireland 2020 Businesswoman of the Year Awards – Celebrating the Power Within

The focus of our award categories for 2020 is on the professional women as a whole entity, looking at the totality of your professional and community work. These categories are new and designed to reflect the vastly altered working world in which we all find ourselves. 2020 has become a time for reflection, drawing on the power within ourselves to transform and create a new way forward. It is a privilege to work with the amazing women within Network Ireland and watch how resilient, strong, capable, and courageous they are in a time of crisis.

We recognise that members are multi-faceted and wear many different hats; many are involved in more than one business or have multiple revenue streams; others are involved in the community and do voluntary work. Choose a category that you feel best fits your primary area and we ask that you also bring to the application process all of the other contributions, businesses and work you do – these awards are to recognise you, the person as a whole and not just a single business aspect.

 

Award Categories 2020

 

Online Business Transformation

This category is designed to recognise how a business has moved online or significantly changed its online business presence in order to serve customers whilst maintaining physical distancing. To enter your primary business must have been in existence for 3 years up to 31st December 2019 and has now created or changed its online presence.

 

Business Innovation

Not all transformation is about going online, this award is designed to recognise how a business has been innovative in terms of work, operations, process, procedure, financial structures, etc., looking at how a business has adapted to the crisis and become stronger for it. To enter your primary business must have been in existence for 3 years up to 31st December 2019 and has now created or changed its online presence.

 

Emerging New Business

This category is applicable to a business established since 1st January 2017. The business must have been established in years 2020, 2019, 2018 or 2017. The business entity can operate as a sole trader/partnership or limited company. We have seen new businesses formed, and young businesses evolve, grow and adapt in ways they never thought possible, this category is designed to recognise the amazing work these businesses have done.

 

Solo Businesswoman

This award is to recognise professional women working as a sole trader/Entrepreneur who has been trading for 3 years or more, without employees.  The business entity can operate as a sole trader or limited company. This category is for businesses established in the year 2017 or earlier. For entry in 2020 awards, at 31st December 2019, the business will be established over 3 years.

 

Transformative Employee

This category is for the exceptional employee who has initiated a transformation for their company allowing them to work better and achieve more. In order to enter this category, you must have been an employee in the company for a minimum of 1 year up to 31st December 2019 and continue to be one at time of entry.

 

Power Within Champion

Juggling life has never been quite so complicated, whether you have children, caring responsibilities, working from home with family around or in quarantine alone the current crises has been turbulent and one can feel quite frazzled. This award is designed to recognise survival, it may not be pretty, it may not be perfect but you are surviving and getting through each day. This category is open to all members to recognise the amazing women they are.