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Network Ireland West Cork launch 2019 awards

Wednesday, 6th March, 2019 4:31pm

Network Ireland West Cork officially launched its Business Woman of the Year 2019 Awards recently in AIB Bandon.

Set up just over a year ago, the group now boasts more than 100 members and this is the second awards ever.

Entry to the business awards is open to Network Ireland members and the winners of the Network Ireland West Cork awards will be announced at a flagship event on Friday 31 May in Liss Ard Estate in Skibbereen.

The winners will go forward to compete at the Network Ireland national business awards in Rosscarbery on 27 September.

This year, there are eight categories in the Network Ireland Business Woman of the Year Awards including: Small SME – 10 employees or less; Large SME – greater than 10 employees; Emerging New Business, Employee – Rising Star; Employee – Shining Star, Social Enterprise, Arts and STEM.

The launch event, Presenting the best version of you and your business, was sponsored by AIB. The guest speaker was Catherine Moroney, Head of Business Banking at AIB and the event included advice from Caroline Murphy, owner of West Cork Eggs and 2018 Winner of Best Emerging Business on both a national and local level.

Speaking about her success last year, Caroline Murphy, Owner of West Cork Eggs, said she couldn’t recommend entering the awards strongly enough.

“Network Ireland is an amazing group of women and you may think that these awards are not for you or your business, but they are exactly the awards for you.

“By entering these awards, I took a fresh look at my business and realised how far we had come and also what we had to do next. By winning, I managed to get West Cork Eggs out there to people who would never have heard of us and strengthen my brand through the power of this network.

“The support and encouragement I received, from start to finish and still today, has been overwhelming and has been huge in building my confidence as a businesswoman. If your customers are women, if you are a woman in business who is doing a great job, then enter these awards, you really have nothing to lose and who knows what you might gain!”

Ciara Lucy, President of Network Ireland West Cork said: “The Network Ireland Business Awards are a fantastic opportunity for Network Ireland West Cork members to showcase their achievements and businesses on both a local and national stage. In keeping with our #BeFearless theme for 2019, I am strongly encouraging members to #StepUp, have pride in their work and enter the awards.”

Network Ireland Business Woman of the Year Awards celebrate the excellence, professionalism, vision and leadership of members.

Catherine Moroney, Head of Business Banking at AIB Bank, said: “I highly recommend putting your business forward for the Network Ireland Awards. The support and experience you will get from the ecosystem around the awards will contribute significantly to you personally and to your business’ growth.”

For further information about the awards, visit

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