I’ve just noticed something today. There are a few Women out there who are really making an impact in Ireland who don’t seem to be getting enough recognition for what they do in my opinion. Some of these Women are very active on Social Media but not all of them. All the more reason to start following them now and start building relationships with them!
These Women are feminine, kind with giving their time and support to start ups and help others out with spreading the word when you need a little help. I’ve noticed it on Twitter especially. They are also incredibly glamorous. So here are my top ten list of Irish Women who are rocking the Business scene
1. Marissa Carter @Cartermarissa
Marissa Carter, IMAGE Magazine Irish Startup of the Year 2013 award winner and creator of the multi-award winning Irish fake tanning range, Cocoa Brown Tan that sells 3 bottles of tan every single minute. After just 18 months since its launch, Cocoa Brown is now sold in all the major retail groups such as Primark/Penneys, Superdrug, Tesco and Boots.
Marissa will be speaking at the next #irishbizparty conference in Killarney Book tickets here
2. Dee O Leary - @IDMEwristbands
Dee from Cork is founder of IDME wristbands. Through sheer determination and juggling her home life with 3 young children, Deirdre has been successful in being selected to attend the PINC programme in 2013 at the Rubicon Centre Cork for Female Entrepreneurs where she won ‘Best Business Opportunity’ with IDME at the final showcase. At the Irish Maternity & Infant Awards 2013 Deirdre was awarded the title of ‘Business Parent of the Year’ and IDME wristbands are currently in the 2014 finals in the ‘Best Safety Product’ and ‘Best Travel Gadget’ categories. 2014 recipient of the Nimbus ‘ Internet of Things’ research grant and winner of the Cork Innovates ‘US Business Development Award’ Dee was chosen from a field of Female Entrepreneurs to travel to the States to meet industry leaders and help develop her business with the help of their expertise.
3. Ellen Kavanagh - @WaxpertsEllen
Ellen says: “I opened Waxperts salon in 2008. I couldn’t find a wax range that I loved so I decided I’d make my own. I worked with a chemist and refinery to create Waxperts Wax. It is the most flexible hot wax in the world which means its less painful and more effective. We launch this to the trade in 2012 and now Waxperts Wax is stocked in over 300 salons and spas in Ireland, all through the UK, and in Poland. We recently returned from a huge trade show in Vegas where we met with big US distributors and beauty brands. Every salon in the world uses wax and we want it to be Waxperts! The potential for growth is massive. We are so excited for the future! ” But not only that, I have seen Ellen helping others on Twitter and she is very supportive of upcoming Female Entrepreneurs.
4. Susan Kelly - @susankelly101
Susan is the owner of Bella Hen Eggs. Based in Wexford she now has her Free Range eggs in many Super Valu and independent stores. But the main thing about Susan is that sheer determination and hard work has finally paid off as she is now getting the recognition she deserves. Susan has always been very supportive of other SMEs and is very active in her locality helping and volunteering for all kinds of things too.
5. Holly Shorthall @HollywoodDublin
Holly caught my eye on Twitter last year, and am delighted to see her star rising. She is an Irish Fashion Illustrator, featured on Kim Kardashian, Kelly Osbourne, Cosmopolitan & MTV’s Websites, and on E!News. Great Tweets too! Very supportive and real.
6. Gill Brady @Gillianfuschia
Gill owns Fuschia make up, it’s an Irish brand of make up that is really making an impact lately on Twitter. Her make up brand is getting rave reviews and She has her own very inspiring story to tell. Her honest account of her business caught my eye on a Sunday business post article about Irish Women in the beauty industry. I also use her make up myself so She is definitely one to watch!
7. Susan Hayes @Susanhayes_
Susan Hayes – The Positive Economist is a trainer in Finance, Economics and Entrepreneurship. Author of the ‘Savvy Women’s guide to Financial Freedom’ Not only that though, she is very supportive of Female Entrepreneurship and she is a fantastic networker. Susan is also speaking at the next #irishbizparty conference. Book here
8. MargaretEWard. @MargaretEWard
Margaret’s bio reads like this: CEO, Clear Ink & Broadly Speaking. Boat rocker. Former financial journalist, broadcaster (Newstalk, Irish Times, Sunday Times). NewYawka. Margaret is the founder of @WomenOnAirIE Women on Air ….Putting the broads into Irish broadcasting! Women on Air is a voluntary networking group that gives women the skills and confidence to go on radio/TV. Margaret actively campaigns to get more Women on air and is a great supporter of Women everywhere.
9. Jillian Godsil @jilliangodsil
Jillian is a journalist, writer and freelance broadcaster and recent candidate in the European Elections. She has confronted the highs and lows of having your own business, losing it all and becoming bankrupt. She will tell how she has lived her life despite these challenges. Her mantra is ‘it’s not enough to survive, you have to live as well’. Jillian is speaking at the first Women’s Inspire Network event in Wexford September 3rd. Book tickets here
10. Debbie O’Brien @DecadentB
Debbie is the owner of Decadent Beauty. Debbie has inspired me so much and definitely doesn’t get the kudos she so deserves. A mother of twins, Debbie was born with spina bifida & scoliosis. She works hard to provide for herself & her family. Debbie has recently been given the chance to bring Motives to Ireland. This brand has been in the UK for a number of years so this is a massive opportunity for her. Debbie is determined to succeed with this new project and with her tenacity for life there is no doubt that she will. She has helped me so much with her support and loyalty to myself and to other Female Entrepreneurs which means so much as being in business can be a lonely place unless you have the support of others.
So there you go! These Women are on my list as I have noticed that they actively support others and this is so important when you are a Woman starting out on the journey of Entrepreneurship. A listening ear, a hand up or a RT can go a long way to making someone’s day who is starting out. So give them a follow and show your support!