Top business women recognised with awards

Janet McCollum of Moy Park receives the Women in Business NI Outstanding Business Woman of the Year Award for 2014 from Jeremy Fitch of Invest Northern Ireland and Roseann Kelly of Women in Business NI.
Janet McCollum of Moy Park receives the Women in Business NI Outstanding Business Woman of the Year Award for 2014 from Jeremy Fitch of Invest Northern Ireland and Roseann Kelly of Women in Business NI.
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The crème of Northern Ireland business women were recognised at the fourth annual Women in Business Northern Ireland Awards in association with Invest Northern Ireland.

Women who have created thousands of jobs in the last year, increased their company turnovers, those who own and manage businesses punching above their weight across the globe and leaders of some of this country’s top 100 companies descended on the Culloden Estate and Spa to celebrate their achievements.

Roseann Kelly, chief executive of Women in Business NI said: “This year we received 150 applications for the awards and the judges were overwhelmed by the sheer scale of achievement from some well known and some relatively unknown business women operating their businesses here.

“With so many women at the top of their business game across a variety of industries, recognising Janet McCollum of Moy Park as this year’s Outstanding Business Woman was not a decision we took lightly. Janet is an outstanding business woman in every sense of the word.”

A genuine trail-blazer in a globally-interfacing company, she is a leader who has truly demonstrated the world-beating quality of women entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland. As chief executive of Northern Ireland’s largest company, Janet has had a number of senior roles during the last 20 years, including being its finance director, and she has been pivotal in helping it evolve into a major force in the UK and European food industry.

Janet McCollum said: “I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to win this award. We have so many wonderful women in business right across Northern Ireland contributing to the Northern Ireland economy and I’m so greatly honoured to receive this recognition. To win this award is truly a great accolade to the Moy Park team, to such great people right across our company with such passion and energy who continually go above and beyond to ensure Moy Park is the successful and growing business it is today. Thank you so much, I’m absolutely overwhelmed.”