They're here! The Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2019 winners are...

Tonight, we celebrated the brightest and best of Irish business at our Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2019

What a night! Kicking off at one of our favourite venues, the Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road in Dublin, we invited Ireland's premier businesswomen and their supporters to come together and celebrate the power of Irish business.

From creative to technology to young businesswomen to seasoned professionals, we were so proud to honour some of the country's most amazing businesswomen and their stories — the innovators, the changemakers and the determined hard workers. With so many strong women in the room, it was definitely a cause to celebrate.

Thanks to our incredible sponsors and partners, including Liffey Valley, No7, Samsung, Queen's University Belfast, BMW Ireland Kuehne + Nagel, Marks & Spencer, Enterprise Ireland, Newstalk, Dingle Gin, Griffin & Grey and Movement Events, we were able to celebrate these women's achievements and congratulate them for the innovative work they have done in business over the past 12 months.


This year's competition was fiercer than ever, with women from such a diverse range of businesses competing for the top prizes. We had 12 categories, with over 120 nominees; all inspirational, talented businesswomen and we were so happy to honour this incredible group. But there could only be one winner in each category, and we are so happy to finally reveal the incredible women who won.

Congratulations to all our winners and to the wonderful runners-up. These are your IMAGE Businesswomen of the Year...

And the winners are...

Lifetime Achievement Award

Linda Kiely, co-founder of Voxpro

Entrepreneur of the Year (Over €250K) — sponsored by No7

Chupi Sweetman, CEO, Chupi


Runners up

  • Lorraine Heskin, CEO and Founder, Gourmet Food Parlour
  • Drs Lisa and Vanessa Creaven, Co-founders, Spotlight Oral Care

Entrepreneur of the year (Under €250k) — sponsored by Samsung

Ollwyn Moran, CEO, CogniKids

Runners up

  • Jo Browne, Owner, Founder and Creator, Jo Browne Natural Skincare and Solid
  • Kathryn Thomas, Director, Pure Results Bootcamp Ltd

Social Entrepreneur of the Year – in partnership with Newstalk


Emma Reidy, CEO, Aoibhneas

Runners up

  • Auveen Bell, Co-founder and CEO, Blossom Ireland
  • Aisling Hurley, CEO, Breast Cancer Ireland

Management Professional of the Year – Sponsored by William J Clinton Leadership Institute at Queen’s University Belfast

Tara Brennan, Head of Marketing & Development, Chadwicks Group

Runners up

  • Dorothy MacCann, Brand Director, The Merrion
  • Sinéad Fitzmaurice, CEO, TransferMate Global Payments

Digital and Technology Businesswoman of the Year – Sponsored by BMW

Hannah Wrixon, CEO, Get The Shifts

Runners up

  • Niamh Sterling, CEO, Recipe Guru
  • Mariana Kobal, Founder and COO, Wazp

Creative Businesswoman of the Year – in partnership with Marks & Spencer

Carol-Anne Leyden, Director and Co-founder, CA Design

Runners up

  • Gillian Blaney Shorte, Creative Director, Artzone
  • Joeanna Caffrey, Director and Owner, Joeanna Caffrey Flowers

Start-up of the Year – in partnership with Enterprise Ireland

Aisling Teillard, CEO, Tandem HR Solutions

Runners up

  • Aoibhín Garrihy, Director, BEO Wellness
  • Laura McCarthy, CEO, Drink Botanicals Ireland

Young Businesswoman of the Year – Sponsored by Liffey Valley

Cora Murphy, Clinical Director, All About Healthcare


Runners up

  • Aimee Connolly, Owner and CEO, Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Cosmetics
  • Suzie Mc Adam, Founder and Managing Director, Suzie Mc Adam Design

CEO of the Year – Sponsored by Kuehne + Nagel

Lorraine Butler, Managing Director, CPM Ireland

Runners up

  • Caroline Dunlea, Co-founder, Core Optimisation
  • Gillian Horan, CEO, The Pudding

Newstalk Advertising Campaign Award — Sponsored by Newstalk


Tara Brennan, Head of Marketing & Development, Chadwicks Group

Overall Businesswoman of the Year Award

Sinéad McSweeney, Managing Director, Twitter Ireland

Read more: The shortlist for IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year 2019 is here!

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