Network Ireland Business Award Categories
Network Ireland Branch – Businesswomen of the Year
Small SME – 10 employees or less
This category is applicable to a business trading for 3 years or more. Number of employees must be 10 or less. The business entity can operate as a sole trader/partnership or limited company. This category is for businesses established in the year 2015 or earlier. For entry in 2019 awards, at 31st December 2018, the business will be established over 3 years.
Large SME – greater than 10 employees
This category is applicable to a business trading for 3 years or more. Number of employees must be over 10. The business entity can operate as a sole trader/partnership or limited company. This category is for businesses established in the year 2015 or earlier. For entry in 2019 awards, at 31st December 2018, the business will be established over 3 years.
Emerging New Business
This category is applicable to a business established not more than 3 years. The business must have been established in years 2018, 2017 or 2016. For entry in 2019 awards, the business must not be older than 3 years at 31st December 2018. The business entity can operate as a sole trader/partnership or limited company.
Employee – Rising Star
This award is to recognise professional women working within a company who have made important advances in their chosen career path and are acknowledged as a future leader in business while showing passion and drive for their work. It is open to employees who have been working 6 months to 3 years post qualification. E.g. to enter the awards in 2019, you must have been employed with the employer company for between 3 years and at least 6 months as at 31st December 2018.
Employee – Shining Star
To enter this category the applicant needs to able to demonstrate their dedication to their careers and how they have had an outstanding contribution to their companies. This category is applicable to any employee of a company employed for a period of at least 12 months with the company at 31st December in the year immediately before the awards. E.g. for entry to awards in 2019, you must have been employed with the employer company for at least 12 months at 31st December 2018. Employee will be judged based on their position in the company under which they enter only.
Entrants in this category must be a founder or in a senior management position of a social group, community group or charity founded in Ireland (this includes not for profit organisations). Applicant examples: Member of the Board or Senior Management team e.g. CEO, COO, CFO, MD, Director, Chairperson. The application must illustrate your story and how the social enterprise organisation works and the achievements to date including business, economic, societal or environmental contributions.
This category is open to a professional artist across all forms. Must be a creative professional across all forms. Entrants in this category must be an owner of their business. The award will go to recognise the business achievements of the artist through their creativity, insight, boldness to challenge.
(This new award is aimed at professionals in STEM or leading a business in STEM)
This award is for women in a position working within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics sector. Applicants must either be running their own business or be employed in a relevant business. They should be able to demonstrate the positive impact of their role to the business in which they work and show examples of how they have encouraged other women to join the sector.
A minimum of 3 entries per category will be required for the category to be run at branch or national level. If there is an applicant in category that is not running at branch level, they will be placed in the next appropriate category or may be invited to enter a regional competition.