Women in Business Awards

Posted on: 13/05/2016

We’re excited to announce details of our 2016 Women in Business Awards.

The Awards process provides a valuable opportunity to showcase your business, potentially opening doors to new customers and suppliers. The Competition process provides a forum for you to focus on your business, your achievements to date and your goals for the future – feedback indicates this is an invaluable benefit of entering the competition. The PR and prestige associated with winning an award can increase your status and build credibility and be an asset in attracting potential new partners or investors. And of course, the Awards Dinner and Ceremony is a great networking opportunity and – by inviting some of your key colleagues, staff, mentors and others who support you – is a great way for you to say “thank you”.

All Entrants will:

Receive feedback from judges on business and interview performance.
Benefit from an increased profile within Network members.
Receive PR : Press releases will be arranged locally, with an editorial profile in local newspaper.
Receive mentoring, courtesy of Kildare Local Enterprise Board.

In addition, Paula Egan – twice Network Ireland National winner – has offered to provide support / coaching by telephone, to give you the benefit of her experience and advice in regard to the application and interview.

Paula is also offering the Kildare Award Winners, a one hour session to help prepare them for the National Awards Judging.

In addition to the benefits listed above, Award Winners will receive:

PR: An editorial style advertisement, featuring the winners, will be placed in a local newspaper, Editorial profile of each category winner in local newspaper.
Trophies, with framed certificate, will be provided.
Complimentary “headshot” photo courtesy of Michael Donnelly Photography.
Complimentary Style Workshop (for the group), courtesy of Kathryn Byrne, Your Image Matters.
A complimentary ticket for the Awards Ceremony & Dinner in September.
Entry into a draw for FREE membership of Network Ireland Kildare Branch for next year (2017).

Details on National prizes will be furnished at a later date.

Award Categories:

Emerging New Business
Small Business <5 employees
SME : 6-20 employees
SME : 21-50 employees
Large : +50 employees
Social Enterprise

Closing Date for entry is Tuesday 3 May 2016.

All applicants must be a paid-up member of Network Ireland.
Winners of the Branch Awards will go forward to the National Awards competition.

Applicants are required to be available on Wednesday 11 May for the Kildare Branch Judging, on Friday 20 May 2016 for the Branch Awards Ceremony. Award Winners must be available for the National Judging (date tbc) and on Friday 30 September for the National Awards Ceremony in Cork