Top entrepreneur Evelyn O’Toole set for Network Ireland awards in Limerick

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Nick Rabbitts

Evelyn O’Toole will be keynote speaker at the Network Ireland Limerick regional businesswoman of the year awards

Evelyn O’Toole will be keynote speaker at the Network Ireland Limerick regional businesswoman of the year awards

TOP entrepreneur Evelyn O’Toole, who founded Complete Laboratory Solutions, will address a women in business event this week in the city.

Ms O’Toole is the keynote speaker at the Network Ireland Limerick regional businesswoman of the year awards which take place at the Savoy Hotel this Thursday, May 17, from 7.30pm.

Last year, Evelyn was named EY industry entrepreneur of the year and the Irish Tatler businesswoman of the year.

During her talk, Evelyn will encourage business women to put themselves forward more and share how she overcame the challenges that might be associated with a rural based business.

“Women can be very slow to put themselves forward for awards. So I’m delighted we have Evelyn O’Toole as our guest speaker as she has also admitted to being reluctant to entering awards and getting the recognition she deserved. But now, having done so, she can appreciate the opportunities it has created for her and her business,” said Valerie Murphy, President of Network Ireland Limerick.

The Network Ireland Limerick businesswoman of the year awards, sponsored by LEO Limerick and AIB, will be contested by 18 businesswomen across five categories this year.

Winners  of each award category will then go on to compete at the Network Ireland National Business Awards which will be announced at a black tie gala ceremony in September in the Radisson Hotel, Galway.

Speaking about the upcoming awards, Ms Murphy said:  “We are delighted with the response we’ve had to this year’s awards. We had the highest number of applications ever which reflects our increasing membership and how well businesses are doing right now. These awards offer a fantastic opportunity for Limerick women to gain recognition for their entrepreneurial and professional achievements. We’re looking forward to celebrating their many successes at the awards ceremony.”