WIBNI March Ezine 2015

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"Leading Global Ambition" at the Women in Business NI Conference 2015

The theme of this year's Women in Business NI Conference is "Leading Global Ambition". From sole traders to small business owners, to senior managers and leaders, the Women in Business NI Conference has been specially designed to offer you the opportunity to grow, develop and to look at global technologies, markets, trends, partners, visions and mentors in order to reach your full potential and achieve your ambitions!

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WIBNI Announces Exclusive Mentoring Market at 2015 Conference!

Women in Business NI is excited to bring this year's Conference delegates the opportunity to take part in an exclusive Mentoring Market to celebrate our 7th Annual Conference and Exhibition.

This new and innovative approach to breakout sessions will feature some of Northern Ireland's most successful business women, acting as mentors, who will share their journey with you and offer insights into how you can make it to the top and stay there! Smaller group sessions will enable you to pose questions to your mentor and seek advice on a range of key issues relevant to you, your career and your business.

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April Events at WIBNI

With Easter just round the corner, be sure to guarantee your place for upcoming events before the holidays arrive!

We are offering a unique and exciting mix of events including Masterclasses delivered by industry experts in Belfast, Newry and Coleraine. 'Inspiring Success through Mentoring' will be our key event and we will also be offering our ever popular Networking Happy Hour to help you make new connections in a relaxed and fun setting!

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Core Systems CEO Patricia O'Hagan MBE named Entrepreneur of the Year

Leading business and technology figures gathered in London on St Patrick's night to celebrate the winners in the 2015 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards.

This leading initiative, supported by techUK and leading global technology businesses champions the advancement of women in technology and STEM careers.

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People 1st wins Gold award as one of Ireland's Best Managed Companies.

People 1st has been named as one of Ireland's 'Best Managed' companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme.

The company, which demonstrated superior business performance for the fourth consecutive year, was recognised for this achievement at an awards gala dinner in Dublin on 6 March 2015.

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Green Organisations Across Northern Ireland Celebrated as the Action Renewables Awards Shortlist is Revealed

30 local businesses and organisations have been shortlisted in the 2015 Action Renewables Awards, which recognise and reward leaders and advocates in the field of renewables across Northern Ireland.

Now in their seventh year, these prestigious industry awards, sponsored by Tughans Solicitors and electricity supplier Vayu, are gearing up for their biggest year yet, set to take place at the historic Belfast Harbour Commissioner's Office on Friday 27th March 2015.

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Getting Your Message Across in the Media

Do you want to ensure that your organisation makes the most of media opportunities?
Are you organising a fundraising campaign, a public education initiative and want to get your story far and wide?

If your answer is ' Yes' and you need advice and support, then contact Angelina Fusco, former Head of TV News at BBC Northern Ireland.

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'The Retreat' with InShineOut

The InShineOut retreat is an amazing opportunity and location to give you space and time away from the demands of everyday life to focus on YOU. You will leave the retreat energised and focused on continuing your personal journey to live your one and only life in a way that counts for you. From the moment you arrive we create a supportive, respectful, confidential and nourishing environment to enable you to gain a fresh perspective on your life.

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Belfast Independent Microbrewery Knockout Lands a One-Two Punch

Belfast's only independent one-man microbrewery, Knockout Brewing, is toasting a lucrative first month following its launch to the Northern Ireland market. In only 30 days, Knockout has sold an impressive 80% of its initial supply and has ramped up production in the microbrewery's Belfast brew house to meet increasing demand for the new local label.

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Pamper Yourself In Style This Month With Peter Mark Colour Offer!

Peter Mark, one of Northern Ireland's best known and longest established hairdressing groups, is giving clients a special hair colour offer to brighten up March.

From today (2nd March) until Saturday 28th March, all customers who visit a Peter Mark salon in Northern Ireland will be able to take advantage of £20 off full head easi meche highlights as well as £10 off other hair colour treatments.

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Mastermind Calls for WIBNI Members to Audition as Contestants

BBC are gearing up for the next series of Mastermind and we would be delighted to get some members of Women in Business NI involved in the audition process for the series.

The BBC are holding face to face auditions in Belfast for the series on Thursday 26th of March.

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Experience the Exceptional at Malone Lodge

Spring is Here! To celebrate, Malone Lodge would like to take the beginning of the season as an opportunity to launch a new conference offer - Complimentary Room Hire!

Conferences to be booked and confirmed between now and 30th April 2015.

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Call for SMEs to Embrace Digital Technology to Open Up Markets

Local SMEs have attended the first in a series of masterclasses taking place in Belfast to help them embrace digital technology and boost their businesses.

Belfast Met has been commissioned by Belfast City Council to deliver the Super Connected Cities Business Growth Initiative - part-funded by the council, Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.

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New Retail Programme Offers Help to Start-up Businesses

New craft and food enterprises are being set up across the city with the help of a creative business programme, run by Belfast City Council.

Twenty people have taken part in the Start Up Retail programme - open to residents who wanted to develop the skills needed to set up their own retail businesses.

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Ulster Bank and The MAC mark International Women's Week

Ellvena Graham, Head of Ulster Bank Northern Ireland and Anne McReynolds, Chief Executive at the MAC co-hosted an event to mark International Women's Week hosted by the MAC's friend and journalist, Wendy Austin .

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Ulster University Business School In Seventh Research Heaven

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results have been published showing that the Ulster University Business School (UUBS) has recorded its best ever research performance in this its 40th anniversary year. The School did particularly well in terms of research impact, coming seventh out of over 100 business schools in the UK. The impact of the case studies submitted by UUBS were all rated as world leading or internationally excellent.

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