2019 Winners Business Woman of the Year Awards

Posted on: 31/10/2019


Chupi Sweetman, the owner of jewellery brand, Chupi, was announced as the winner of the Large SME Owner Businesswoman of the Year at a gala awards ceremony last night (27th Sept). Highly Commended in the same category was Corkwoman, Ciara Crossan, the founder of WeddingDates.
Chupi has gained a huge following in Ireland and internationally. She even showcased her jewellery at a pop up in Macy’s in America. Chupi launched her company 2013 and before that she spent six years at Topshop.

The following were the award winners on the evening:

  • Social Enterprise Award: Angela Hayes, Thomas Hayes Trust (Kilkenny)
  • Employee Rising Star: Helen Walsh, Employflex (Cork)
  • Employee Shining Star: Katherine O’Sullivan, O’Donnell Design (West Cork)
  • Small SME Owner: Noreen Doyle, The Irish Biltong Company (Kildare)
  • Large SME Owner: Chupi Sweetman, Chupi (Dublin)
  • STEM Award: Sheila Donegan, Calmast (Waterford)
  • Emerging New Business: Hannah Wrixon, Get the Shifts (Limerick)
  • Arts Award: Joanne Costello, Xmedia (Wicklow)

More than 250 delegates are attending the Network Ireland National Conference and Awards Ceremony today, 27 th of September. The conference is
being hosted by TV presenter Sonya Lennon and is one of the biggest of its kind in Ireland for professional women.

Network Ireland is Ireland’s longest established and leading female focused business network. The conference and awards are taking place at the Celtic Ross Hotel, West Cork.

The Keynote Speakers and Panellists included:

MC Sonya Lennon  Designer, businesswoman and social entrepreneur

Moderator Gráinne McCarthy Deputy Chief News Editor, Wall Street Journal

Moderator Kevin Cullinane Head of Communications, Cork Airport

Grace O’Rourke Speaker – Fitness and Mindset Coach. Completed Special Forces Ultimate Hell Week

Joanne Hession Founder and CEO of LIFT Ireland

Peter Cosgrove Future of Work Expert

Michelle Noone Head of Search & State Boards, Public Appointments Service

Sheelagh Daly Entrepreneurship Manager Enterprise Ireland

Ronan Murphy Group CEO Smarttech247 and Getvisibility.com

Helen Smyth Head of Ireland, GBG Scaled, Facebook

Dawn Leane Principal Consultant at Leane Leaders

Deirdre Somers Company Director

Rose-Marie Kennedy Director – Risk Advisory, Deloitte

Sharon Corcoran Director of Economic Development, Enterprise & Tourism, Cork County Council

Cllr Christopher O'Sullivan Mayor of the County of Cork

John O’Doherty Head of AIB Cork


The following were the sponsors for the awards which were presented on the night:

Ø  AIB Large SME
Ø  Enterprise Ireland Emerging New Business
Ø  Facebook STEM Category
Ø  In Good Company Small SME
Ø  MSD Brinny Employee Rising Star
Ø  O’Flynn Exhams Social Enterprise Category
Ø  Deloitte Employee Shining Star
Ø  Cork County Council Arts Category

Cork County Council are the partners for the national conference while AIB are the official Partners of Network Ireland nationally #BackedbyAIB @AIBBiz

President of Network Ireland, Helen Wycherley said: “I am delighted to bring our national conference for women in business across Ireland to West
Cork. Through the conference we will empower women to step up to the challenge, grow their confidence, seize opportunities and drive their personal
and professional development. While at the same time leading and inspiring others. Our awards will recognise the outstanding success and achievements of our members, it will be a night of celebration.”