We still can't believe another year is done. After months of planning and preparation, over 800 guests donned their finest gowns (sprucing up rather well we must say!) to join us in celebrating the 2017 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards at the Clayton Hotel Dublin, Burlington Road on Monday night. In what is quite a milestone, this was our 11th year hosting the awards gala which honoured the incredible businesswoman of Ireland and their fantastic accomplishments thus far. We popped bottles of champagne on arrival (generously given from Marks and Spencer) and sipped on two stunning (and incredibly delicious) cocktails provided by Diageo. Attendees could choose between Tanqueray TENGin, the No. TEN Empower served with elderflower tonic, rosebud and pink peppercorns or their Ketel One ICONIC cocktail with pink grapefruit soda. In between the networking and carefully orchestrated selfies (using the Selfie Sticks provided by Independent.ie) - imperative to get the amazing backdrops designed by Frog Prince Events and gorgeous balloon backdrops from Balloon HQ. And who could forget the amazing 360 Camera by Connector - we could have stayed on the thing for hours! At dinner, we raised our glasses of Marks & Spencer wine all excited attendees tried on their specially designed Esin bracelet from Jo Harpur Jewellery. Each of the winners then gracefully took to the stage to accept their awards, hosted by Editor-in-Chief Melanie Morris and MC'd by Dearbhail McDonald, group business editor, Independent News and Media. The evening was generously sponsored by Samsung, Grant Thornton, Kuehne + Nagel, No7 and The Loop, and supported by Newstalk, Irish Independent, Enterprise Ireland and Marks & Spencer.
#BWOTY17 trended all night, and thanks to selfie sticks provided by the Irish Independent, the enthusiastic tweeting, snapping and Instagrams kept on coming. Here are some social media highlights from the empowering night:
Here's a preview of our stunning table displays at tonight's #BWOTY17 awards by @frogprinceevents . We have a gorgeous selection of wines on each table courtesy of @mandsireland , a specially designed esin bracelet by @joharpurjewellery for each guest , a voucher for free lippy at our @no7roi top-up station plus a few more surprises when you get here!! • • #ImageMagazine #ImagePublications #BWOTY2017 #BWOTY #Motivation #WomenInBusiness #FemaleEmpowerment #BusinessForWomen #RealWomen #WomanPower #GirlPower #CreateYourFuture #FemaleFocused #Fashion #Bwoty17
Let's hear it for the sisterhood! Thank you so very much @joharpurjewellery for gifting everyone at @image.ie #bwoty17 with this beautiful bracelet... our ivery own ID tag of success, of being brace, of working to rise together. We all instantly donned the beautiful piece which will become the sign for women of endeavour (and appreciation of lovely things!) #joharpurjewellery #bracelet #success #driveambition #accessories
We found these mega babes @aideenkate , @louisecooney_ & @niamhcullenx on their way into our banquet room at the @claytonburlingtonroad ?Big thanks to all of our sponsors including @theloopdutyfree , @mandsireland , @grantthorntonie , @no7roi , @samsungireland & @kuehnenagel for making tonight possible! • • #ImageMagazine #ImagePublications #BWOTY2017 #BWOTY #Motivation #WomenInBusiness #FemaleEmpowerment #BusinessForWomen #RealWomen #WomanPower #GirlPower #CreateYourFuture #FemaleFocused #Fashion #Bwoty17
The gorgeous @kathrynthomasofficial getting a glow touch up from our @no7roi counter? Everyone of our guests will find a voucher on their seats for a complimentary lippy from @no7roi ???? • • #ImageMagazine #ImagePublications #BWOTY2017 #BWOTY #Motivation #WomenInBusiness #FemaleEmpowerment #BusinessForWomen #RealWomen #WomanPower #GirlPower #CreateYourFuture #FemaleFocused #Fashion #Bwoty17
#Repost @newstalkfm (@get_repost) ??? #Repost @indulgeme.ie ??? Congratulations to Drs Lisa & Vanessa Creaven founders of @spotlight_whitening who won Start-up of the Year plus a €10,000 media package from @newstalkfm at the @image.ie #BWOTY17 ?after only 18 months in business they have created a range of six products and are exporting globally... and just look at those smiles ??#spotlightmoment #IndulgeMe #womeninbusiness
Close up of our Young and fun "Metal Goddess collection". This piece was a bespoke piece commissioned to go with Margaret Molloys "Jennifer Rothwell" Dress for Image Business Women of the year 2017 awards which Margaret took home the prize. #crownedbysuzanneryan #suzanneryanmillinery #wearingirish #irishdesigner #BWOTY17 #cifdfashionsummit #cifd #MARGARETMOLLOY #coutureheadwear #crowns #irishracingstyle #ladiesday #bestdressed #irishfashion
— Audrey (@Audge3000) November 20, 2017
— Colette Sexton (@colette_sexton) November 20, 2017
We are so incredibly proud of our Niamh & Aoife for being named Entrepreneur of the Year at @image_magazine #BWOTY17 Awards tonight!! Passion, creativity and determination - plus a sprinkle of fairy magic - and the sky’s the limit! ??
— The Irish Fairy Door Co. (@IrishFairyDoor) November 20, 2017
Huge love and luck to @PaulaMcLoughlin @SusieQmusic the integral driving force behind @lustforlife who are up for social enterprise #BWOTY17 tonight. Literally can’t explain how big their hearts are. pic.twitter.com/WaPrmgfBqa
— Niall Breslin (@nbrez) November 20, 2017
— Colette Sexton (@colette_sexton) November 20, 2017
— Peppe Santoro (@VentureLawIE) November 20, 2017
Super impressed with Geraldine Swarbrigg. A really normal, relatable and inspirational woman in retail #BWOTY17 a testament to common sense, gut instinct, sound advice and personal belief.
— Orlamo (@Orlamo) November 20, 2017
A huge congratulations to Geraldine Swarbrigg on winning @image_magazine Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 ??The powerhouse behind @inglotireland is an inspiration for every woman in business #BWOTY17 pic.twitter.com/dIAtPw5Waf
— IndulgeMe.ie (@IndulgeMe_ie) November 20, 2017
— Erica Bracken (@erica_bracken) November 20, 2017
— Nollaig Cassidy (@NollaigCassidy) November 20, 2017
— IMAGE Magazine (@image_magazine) November 20, 2017