WIBNI October Ezine 2014

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Women in Business NI Award Finalists Announced

The judges of the fourth annual Women in Business NI Awards in association with Invest Northern Ireland met to discuss 143 business women at the forefront of their industries, organisations, businesses, departments and teams at the Irish News last week.

This year's entries have surpassed any received in the last four years in not just quantity but quality too. The calibre of the entries gets stronger every year, making the judging process even more difficult than previously.

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Book your Table for the WIBNI Awards 2014

Finalists for the WIBNI Awards 2014 have been announced! The award ceremony, taking place on 20th November at the Culloden Resort & Spa, promises to be a fabulous evening celebrating and rewarding some of Northern Ireland's finest business women.

Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, one of the UK's top psychologists, Author & TV personality will be the guest speaker. Join us for a sparkling reception, gourmet dinner, awards ceremony and entertainment.

*Early bird rate is available for a limited time only.

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November Events at Women in Business NI

Due to popular demand, more events have been added to the WIBNI Autumn event schedule to help more business women make new connections and strengthen their network. November events include a Networking Happy Hour, Public Speaking Masterclass, a Celebration of Marketing Month with CIM & CIPR, regional Masterclasses and of course, the fourth annual Women in Business NI Awards gala.

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Stand Out at WIBNI!

As a member of Women in Business NI you have the unique opportunity to promote yourself and your business through a range of different marketing tools on offer. Feature in our monthly ezine, take a stand at events, display your promotional material and take part in "2 Minutes of Fame" where you can deliver your elevator pitch at our large events in front of 100 delegates.

To enquire about Membership of WIBNI or any of the exclusive benefits on offer please contact Laura Dowie, Events & Marketing Manager: laura@womeninbusinessni.com

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Belfast hosts 900 strong British Academy of Management Delegation

A delegation of almost 900 top international management and business academics descended on Belfast last month for the British Academy of Management's (BAM) Annual Conference, hosted by the Ulster Business School at the University of Ulster.

It is thought that the major three day conference, entitled The Role of the Business School in Supporting Economic and Social Development generated around £1.6 million for the local economy.

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A reMARKable opportunity

Paperjam Design, one of Belfast's most established design firms, are offering local businesses the opportunity to take part in a free design consultation session.

Founded by Paul Malone in 2003, Paperjam have been creating award winning design for over ten years including; The Merchant Hotel & Beannchor Group, The Bishop of London, Shortcross Gin, The K Club and Somerville and Oxford University.

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New Yoga Studio Launches!

Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon will officially open Maitri Studio in Belfast on Saturday 1st November 2.30-6.30pm and all Women in Business NI members are invited!

Claire Ferry, owner of Maitri Studio and yoga teacher, is happy to share this moment with friends, family and local businesses, and anyone who might find something to for themselves to enjoy at the studio. "We've such a range of classes we hope everyone can find a class to suit", she says.

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Rory McIlroy Launches Cancer Fund for Children Short Break Centre in Newcastle County Down for Families Affected by Cancer

Rory McIlroy today launched Daisy Lodge, Cancer Fund for Children's therapeutic short break centre in Newcastle, County Down.

The facility, the first of its kind in the UK and Ireland, will provide every family affected by childhood cancer in Northern Ireland with a free therapeutic short break and also caters to families in the Republic of Ireland.

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A Wonderful Winter Offer for WIBNI Members

As an early Christmas treat, Chocolate Memories are delighted to offer all WIBNI members 10% off orders placed before Christmas! Why not treat Clients to a beautiful Artisan Hamper, attendees at your Gala dinner to delicious handmade Favours or your wonderful staff to a fun filled Team Building workshop here at our chocolate factory.

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LSH Promotions and Modelling have had quite a Month!

LSH promotions and Modelling have had quite a month so far! Their show in the Chelsea Winebar featured two worldclass Ulster grand prix winning motorcycle racers, who have since chosen to be represented by the agency.

Gareth Keyes took to the catwalk like a duck to water and adored posing with the models as seen in image, Jamie Hamilton on the other hand who is used to travelling 180mph plus on bikes found it more nerve wracking than any race.

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Communication Campaign for Tellus South West Project Shortlisted for CIPR Award

Invest Northern Ireland's Innovation Vouchers are designed to enable small and medium-sized Northern Ireland businesses (limited companies, sole traders, partnerships) to access knowledge and expertise to develop innovative solutions to business issues.

The current call for applications is open until 31 October 2014.

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Family Business Programme Launch

A new leadership programme designed specifically for family businesses has been launched by the William J Clinton Leadership Institute, Queen's University, Belfast, commencing 3rd December 2014.

Private sector participants may be eligible for funding from Invest INI under the Skills Advancement or Skills Growth programmes.

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STEM for Women in Business Opportunities

Opportunities for women to work and succeed in all industries are better now than at any time in the past.

Women can set their sights on any career they wish and, with the right qualifications and experience, can enter professions which were previously bastions of male domination. But industries in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) sector in Northern Ireland are struggling to attract female employees. In high level STEM posts men continue to outnumber women by more than three to one.

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Budding Entrepreneurs See Business Ideas Reach Next Level

Budding entrepreneurs across Belfast are seeing their businesses reach the next level after taking part in a business programme, funded by the council.

The High Growth Pre-Enterprise Programme has helped local companies in key areas like product development, finance, sales and marketing. Participants also received £500 of tailored support to develop their business product or service.

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Innovation Vouchers - October Call for Applications

Invest Northern Ireland's Innovation Vouchers are designed to enable small and medium-sized Northern Ireland businesses (limited companies, sole traders, partnerships) to access knowledge and expertise to develop innovative solutions to business issues.

The current call for applications is open until 31 October 2014.

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Access to Finance - Top Tips for Female Entrepreneurs

2014 has been a significant year when it comes to women in business in Northern Ireland. Belfast staged the International Business Women's Conference in May - and Ulster Bank was delighted to be closely involved. For the first time, the top company in the Belfast Telegraph Top 100, Moy Park, was headed by a woman. And in general, the issue of encouraging more women into business has moved up the agenda.

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University of Ulster's Business School Plans to Expand Suite of Accounting Degrees

"Accountancy skills are not just a critical component of the current professional services boom, they are essential to the long-term growth the N I economy," says Professor Gillian Armstrong, Head of Ulster Business School's Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics. In response, the Ulster Business School is launching an expanded suite of Accountancy programmes including three new degree courses which will begin in September 2015.

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New WIBNI Members

We wish to extend a warm welcome to recently joined members.

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