Seven great photos of 2024 Women in Business Awards recipients

Northern Ireland's exceptional businesswomen were celebrated for their outstanding achievements at the 2024 Women in Business Awards.

More than 550 people filled Belfast’s Crowne Plaza Hotel for the ceremony which brought together female entrepreneurs and businesswomen from all sectors. Sponsored by Virgin Media O2 Business, the awards drew more than 230 submissions, and on the night honoured 18 inspiring women and one outstanding business organisation.

The Business Woman of the Year 2024 award was presented to Vicky Davies, chief executive of Danske Bank, whose career in the banking sector spans two decades. Meanwhile, Ashleigh Averell, from Greenisland, was awarded the coveted prize of Young Businesswoman of the Year.

Lorraine Acheson, managing director, Women in Business, said: “Our 12th Awards ceremony was a room full of amazing talent as Women in Business continues to not only celebrate, but empower and inspire women to achieve their business ambitions. Congratulations to all of the 2024 winners and finalists, we wish you every success in your future endeavours.”

Here’s a selection of photographs featuring recipients from Ballymena, Banbridge, Carrickfergus, and Derry-Londonderry, Greenisland, Larne and Lisburn.