Wicklow's top business women crowned
Six awards were presented to outstanding female business leaders at the Network Ireland Wicklow Branch Wicklow Businesswomen of the Year Awards in the Brooklodge Hotel.
Emerging New Business Owner of the Year went to Anna Dobson of Love Mo Chuisle/Tweed in the Valley, an Irish tweed clothing and accessory brand in Avoca.
Employee of the Year was Jean Evans of Highline Office Technology, provider of office technology for SMEs in Ireland.
The arts award went to Joanne Costello of Xmedia, a diverse collective of talent offering a full-service production agency based in Delgany.
The Best Small Business Owner Award went to Rachael Davis of Remedy Pilates and Physiotherapy in Bray, who uses her skills in physical and mindful health to help improve function, performance and wellbeing.
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Professional award went to Deborah Sudding of The Ultrasound Suite in Bray, Greystones and Dublin, which provides professional and affordable private ultrasound services.
The final award, Best Large SME Owner, went to Libby Murray of Elysian Brows and Beauty Group, with locations in Greystones and Dublin, which caters for every brow and beauty need.
The judges also gave a highly commended certificates to Chelsey Doonan, Head Chef at Food at Fishers Café; Aisling Callaghan of Wilson Security Systems; Michelle Lynch Power of The Hearing Clinic; and Claire Williams of Meadows Skincare and a special recognition award to Anne Tarpey McNally of Pretty Woman Boutique and Aoife Keogh of Aoife Rose Designs.
Network Wicklow President Nicola Donegan congratulated all the award winners and said that the awards were 'about celebrating the wealth of talent in the region and shining a light on the female role models in the business community.'
Regional branch winners will now go forward to compete at the Network Ireland National Business Awards taking place in Cork during September.