00:00 Saturday 01 October 2011  Written by JACKIE KEOGH

Entrepreneur of the Year award for West Cork businesswoman

A WEST Cork woman has been named as the Cisco WMB Entrepreneur of the Year.

On Monday, Colette Twomey, the managing director of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Company, was bestowed with the honour - another award to add to her long list of fine achievements.

Colette was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for 2010, and she was named as the Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year 2011.

The Clonakilty-based businesswoman was chosen as the Entrepreneur of the Year because she has been instrumental in expanding the product range offered by Clonakilty in recent years, and the way she is currently developing the company's market share in the UK.

The Clonakilty Blackpudding Company has developed an excellent reputation for premium quality food products. It is centred on the famous black pudding recipe: this was inherited from the Harrington family and Colette is its sole guardian.

Five awards were presented at WMB's annual Conference & Awards, with Mary Rose Burke, Divisional Pharmacy Manager for Boots Ireland, taking the overall WMB Businesswoman of the Year Award 2011.  

Lisa Domican of Grace App Communication won the WMB Big Idea Award for her communication app that allows non-verbal people with Autism and other disabilities to communicate effectively through an affordable, accessible and adaptable medium.

Joan Freeman, Pieta House, won the Newstalk WMB Social Entrepreneur of the year Award. Judith Browne, who is the Product Data Director of Dell Europe Middle East, was presented with the Microsoft WMB Woman in Technology Award.

The day-long event included some unique speakers to motivate and inspire including the keynote speaker, BBC 'Dragon' Hilary Devey, the founder and CEO of Pall-Ex Group.

The well-known Irish broadcaster, writer and columnist, Dr Maureen Gaffney, also took to the stage to talk on change management, emotional intelligence and work-life balance.  

The theme this year was 'Success is what you make it' and the day included a panel discussion and also facilitated networking with IFG Corporate Pensions.

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