Foster praises contribution of women in business

Mrs Foster with, from left, Jackie Henry, senior partner, Deloitte, WIB CEO Roseann Kelly and chair Imelda McMillan, partner at OReilly Stewart Solicitors
Mrs Foster with, from left, Jackie Henry, senior partner, Deloitte, WIB CEO Roseann Kelly and chair Imelda McMillan, partner at OReilly Stewart Solicitors

First Minister Arlene Foster has recognised the contribution made by women make to the business world at the first ever Women in Business Chairs’ Lunch at Titanic Belfast.

More than 200 business women attended the event hosted by the body which seeks to promote entrepreneurship and provides networking opportunities for women to promote and grow their business.

“It is an honour to be here today to address the first Women in Business Chairs’ Lunch,” said Mrs Foster.

“I am proud that Northern Ireland has more than its fair share of formidable female business leaders who are successful role models across a range of sectors.

“Northern Ireland’s business women have a reputation for a hard work ethos and are a strong voice for success both locally, and in the global marketplace.”

Programmes such as the Regional Start Initiative, along with support from Invest NI and Access to Finance programmes, she said, ensured that advice and help was available for anyone who wanted to start their own business.

“I pay tribute to Women in Business for the role they play in inspiring women to realise their full potential.

“You recognise all that is good about being a woman in business in Northern Ireland and empower women to remain focused and determined to make a difference not only in the workplace but across society as a whole.”