South Tipp’s premier female entrepreneurs nominated for awards

Four female entrepreneurs representing the South Tipperary Community Enterprise Board (CEB) have succeeded in making It through to the final in the ‘Celebrating Excellence in Female Entrepreneurship Awards’ which take place this Friday in Waterford.

Victoria Corbett from West End Styles unisex hair salon in Clonmel, Margaret O’Keefe from Compulearn in Clonmel, Nina Kati from Working Wonders in Waterford and Rosemary Chawke from Travel Counsellors in Clonmel will compete against 21 women from all over the South East including Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford and Waterford City. Nominees have been shortlisted by the county and city enterprise boards across seven different categories including: Excellence in Retailing, Excellence in Craft/Manufacturing, Excellence in ICT, Excellence in Marketing, Excellence in Professional and Personal Services, Excellence in Food and Tourism and Female Entrepreneur of the Year.

West End Styles located in O’Connell Street in Clonmel which has a reputation of having exceptional customer service and client care is nominated in the Excellence in Retailing Category; Compulearn, one of the largest professional training company’s in the South East of Ireland and Ireland’s National Training Centre of the Year in 2007 is nominated for its Excellence in IT.

Rosemary Chawke’s Travel Counsellors, which won an award in 2007 and in 2008 for Best Travel Counsellor – Ireland, is nominated in the Excellence in Food and Tourism.

Nina Kati’s Working Wonders is nominated in the Excellence in Professional and Personal Services and Nina herself, who is an interior designer, Chinese master trained feng shui consultant and tutor is nominated for the award of Female Entrepreneur of the Year.

The winners for each category will be announced at a ceremony at the South East Women in Business Conference at the Tower Hotel in Waterford city this Friday.

In announcing the short- list, Ita Horan from the Tipperary South CEB said: “Our nominees deserve national recognition for their business achievements to date. Through innovation and by identifying new products, services and markets, they’re helping to create and protect local jobs here in the South East.”

The South East Women in Business Conference is organised by the local Enterprise Boards in Tipperary South, Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford City and Wexford, to provide information, advice and various enterprise supports to micro-enterprises and small businesses, including new start-ups. Bookings for the conference and awards event can be made on-line by visiting www.kceb.ie, by e-mailing Fiona Deegan at: fiona@kceb.ie or by telephoning: (056) 77 52 662.