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Winners of 2021 Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards Announced 

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Limerick Business Woman 2021 Winners – The awards ceremony took place as a glamorous event with Emma Wilson and Caragh O’Shea pictured above taking on the roles of award coordinators

Winners of 2021 Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards Announced 

The winners of the 2021 Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards have been announced during a special virtual awards ceremony (on Wednesday 19 May).  2021 Limerick Businesswoman of the Year 

The awards, which were sponsored by LEO Limerick, AIB, Ingenium and Sales Dynamics celebrate the excellence and professionalism, vision and leadership of its members. In all, the awards saw 22 finalists competing across various categories. 

Chloe Markham, Chloe Markham Stylist, was the winner of the Creative Professional Award and Ber Collins, Crystal Clear, won the Established Business Owner.  

There were two different employee award categories: Lyndsey Hall, Piquant Hall won the Shining Star Award and Aisling Finn, Jaguar Land Rover, won the Rising Star Award. Lynda Sheehan, Rockbarton Garden Centre, also won two awards – Solo Businesswoman and the Power Within Champion award.  

President of Network Ireland Limerick, Caragh O’Shea, along with Awards Co-ordinators Emma Wilson and Karen Brosnahan, announced the 2021 Limerick Businesswoman of the Year winners from a glamorous professional studio set while committee members roamed across the city and county to present trophies to the winners at their homes. Bringing the awards ceremony to the winners’ homes added to the joy and excitement of the virtual awards which was watched by over 100 from Limerick and across the globe.  

The special guest speaker at the Limerick awards night was Maria Walsh MEP. Joining via zoom from her base in Brussels, Maria talked about her unusual journey into politics driven by her passion for diversity and social inclusion. Adding to the occasion, Singer Emma Langford opened and closed the ceremony along with musicians Ann Blake and Ruth Smith.   

Speaking at the Awards, Caragh O’Shea, President of Network Ireland Limerick and owner of COS Events, said, “We were thrilled to have 22 finalists for this year’s awards, especially after such an extremely challenging year. Network Ireland is all about encouraging each other to be the best we can be. Our awards are a way to highlight everyone’s potential and recognise those who are passionate about their career or business and show determination to succeed no matter what life throws at them. I would like to congratulate them all and wish our 6 award winners the very best of luck at the nationals.”  

“I would like to especially thank the support of our sponsors, LEO Limerick, AIB, Ingenium and Sales Dynamics who enabled us to put on such a professional event. A massive thank you also goes to judges Mary Killeen, LEO Limerick, Shona Keane, AIB and Patrick O’Sullivan, all the suppliers and of course our amazing committee who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes voluntarily,” she continued.  

Despite not being able to attend in person, the finalists still got dressed up for the awards and were joined by their family and friends at home as they watched the ceremony via zoom. People tuned in from right across the world for the awards including Spain, the US, Amsterdam, London and Brussels.  

Over €500 was raised for charity partner Cliona’s on the night through a raffle and donations.  

The 2021 Limerick Businesswoman of the Year winners of each award category will go on to compete at the Network Ireland National Businesswoman of the Year Awards which will be announced on 8th October from the WIT Arena, Waterford. Several 

Limerick branch members have been successful in the past and include Hannah Wrixon, Get the Shifts, who took home a national award in 2019 and Caroline Dunlea of Core Optimisation in 2018.  

Winners of 2021 Network Ireland Limerick Businesswoman Awards:  

Chloe Markham, Chloe Markham Stylist – Creative Professional Award  

Chloe lives and works in Newcastle West Co Limerick. After living away for some years, she returned home to settle on her husband’s family farm and start the next chapter. She describes herself as a creative person, with a love of music, food, fashion, and the outdoors.  

2021 Limerick Businesswoman of the Year

Pictured above: Chloe Markham, Stylist and Winner of the Creative Professional Award

Lyndsey Hall, Piquant Media – Employee Shining Star Award, sponsored by Ingenium  

Lyndsey Hall is Social Media Manager and Campaign Coordinator at Piquant Media, a dynamic media agency based in Limerick City. An expert in social and digital media strategy, scheduling and placement, Lyndsey applies her knowledge of the digital sphere across design, campaign, video and production projects.  

2021 Limerick Businesswoman of the Year

Pictured above: Lyndsey Hall of Piquant Media, winner of Employee Shining Star award

  Ber Collins, Crystal Clear – Established Business Owner, sponsored by AIB  

Our tagline “Say Goodbye to Bottled Water” says it all. We work with schools, colleges, SME’s and Multinationals to help them reduce waste from single-use plastic bottles through the installation of mains fed water dispensers.  

2021 Limerick Businesswoman of the Year

Pictured above: Ber Collins, winner of Established Business Owner award

Lynda Sheehan, Rockbarton Garden Centre – Solo Businesswoman Award, sponsored by LEO Limerick  

Lynda is a multi-award-winning gardening and horticultural aficionado who likes nothing more than to share her knowledge with others. Lynda is full of good practical tips and advice on how to get the very best from your gardens. She has an enthusiasm for her subject matter that is infectious and truly inspiring.  

Pictured above: Lynda Sheehan, Rockbarton Garden Centre and Winner of the Solo Businesswoman of the Year Award 

Aisling Finn, Jaguar Land Rover – Employee Rising Star Award, sponsored by Sales Dynamics  

Aisling is a social and driven person, who believes in facing challenges head-on and living her best life every day. The previous entrepreneur in the Ed Tech sector, successfully pivoted her career during the pandemic, while also being a mum of 4. Passionate about continuous learning and an agile approach to life.  

Pictured above:  Aisling Finn, Jaguar Land Rover and winner of Employee Rising Star

Lynda Sheehan, Rockbarton Garden Centre – Power Within Champion  

Lynda is a multi-award-winning gardening and horticultural aficionado who likes nothing more than to share her knowledge with others. Lynda is full of good practical tips and advice on how to get the very best from your gardens. She has an enthusiasm for her subject matter that is infectious and truly inspiring.  

2021 Limerick Businesswoman of the Year

Pictured above: Lynda Sheehan, Rockbarton Garden Centre and Winner of both the Power Within Champion award and the Solo Businesswoman of the Year Award

About the Awards:  

Network Ireland Business Women of the Year Awards celebrate the excellence, professionalism, vision and leadership of its members. Regional branch winners are put forward to compete at the Network Ireland National Business Awards. The regional Network Ireland Branch Business Women of the Year Awards normally take place between May and early June at separate events throughout the country. The Network Ireland National Business Women of the Year of the Year Awards will be streamed live from WIT Arena, Waterford on 8th October.  

About Network Ireland Limerick:  

Network Ireland Limerick provides a forum where women in business, the professions and the Arts can exchange business ideas and increase their business contacts. It encourages women to achieve more satisfying careers and promotes women as worthy contributors to the Irish economy. Network Ireland Limerick is a branch of Network Ireland, a national organisation driving the personal and professional development of women with over 1,000 members, across 15 branches nationwide.   

Network Ireland Limerick holds monthly networking meetings where a guest speaker is invited to educate, inform and entertain on topics of interest to women. Members can develop and pool their skills through interaction with other women in a supportive environment which offers, training, mentoring and an opportunity for women who call on other members with specialist expertise for help. It also provides a forum for established women to develop professional and social contacts.  

Network Ireland Limerick is sponsored by the Local Enterprise Offices in Limerick. The Local Enterprise Office is the First Stop Shop for anyone seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in Ireland.  

AIB are partners with Network Ireland and support the organisation at both a national and regional level.  

For other stories about Network Ireland Limerick go HERE   

For more info go HERE 

 

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