Northern Ireland Needs More Female Entrepreneurs

Female entrepreneurs are essential to building a sustainable and thriving economy in Northern Ireland.

That was the message from Enterprise Minister, Angela Smith, today as she launched the booklet ‘Making it happen – Successful Women in Business’ during a female entrepreneurship event, held as part of National Enterprise Week in the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick,

Speaking at the event, the Minister added: “If as many women as men in were engaged in entrepreneurial activity, we would have thousands more new businesses contributing to the economic success of Northern Ireland.  The government is committed to breaking down barriers for women and encouraging female entrepreneurs to see starting a business as an exciting and viable career option.

“Invest Northern Ireland and its enterprise partners are working to support female entrepreneurs by providing programmes tailored to their needs.

“This booklet, produced by Invest NI, is a testament to the talent of local female entrepreneurs who are at the helm of some of Northern Ireland’s most successful and innovative businesses. These women are tremendous role models for us and I hope will inspire more women to get involved in entrepreneurial activity.”

The Female Entrepreneurship Networking Event was attended by around 150 women who heard presentations from local entrepreneurs, Kathy McVeigh, Marketing Manager of Thermomax and Bernie Butler, founder of Good4U Food.

Simon Woodroofe, founder of Yo Sushi restaurants and a panellist on the BBC’s Dragon’s Den programme was the guest speaker. He shared his experience of starting up and running a successful business.

The booklet is available by contacting Karen Wilson at Invest Northern Ireland via e-mail:, Tel:  028 9069 8272.