FEMALE councillors and senior officers on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council now have the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and business expertise after the council agreed to corporate membership of the organisation Women in Business.
Mid and East Antrim is only the second local council in Northern Ireland to avail of the arrangement, which sees the council become part of the fastest growing business network for female entrepreneurs and business leaders here.
The organisation facilitates women’s positive contributions to the economy and society of Northern Ireland by developing every member’s professional skills, connections and confidence to achieve their ambition.
Women in Business represents business women including owners, sole traders, entrepreneurs, employers, employees, managers and CEOs and provides a wide network of an excess of 1,500 and growing on a monthly basis.
Councillors agreed with a proposal to avail of Corporate Membership of the organisation at a price of £1,200 plus VAT.
A press release from the Council said the arrangement will allow the council to continue on its commitment to delivering a vision for a high performance team which currently has ten female councillors and 11 female senior managers.
The Women in Business annual calendar of events includes over 60 networking opportunities and four conferences.
Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Beth Adger MBE, welcomed the development.
She said: “Council continues to lead the way in helping our female elected members and employees reach their full potential as we strive to improve our borough and way of life for all the people who live and work here.
“I am delighted we are able to make more opportunities for leadership training, networking and business development available to the women who serve the community of Mid and East Antrim to help us achieve the best results for our citizens.”
In November 2019, Council Chief Executive Anne Donaghy was presented with the Outstanding Management and Leadership award at this year’s Women in Business Awards, in recognition of her passion for investment, innovation, job creation and growing the economy of Mid and East Antrim, and Northern Ireland.