Business award for Emma

Celebrating success at the Enterprise Northern Ireland Business Awards are (left to right) John D'Arcy, Enterprise Northern Ireland Chair, Alistair Smith, Inspire Business Centre, Junior Minister Jonathan Bell, MLA, Emma Garrett, Work West, Brian Murray, Representative of Award Sponsor, Lair Design
Celebrating success at the Enterprise Northern Ireland Business Awards are (left to right) John D'Arcy, Enterprise Northern Ireland Chair, Alistair Smith, Inspire Business Centre, Junior Minister Jonathan Bell, MLA, Emma Garrett, Work West, Brian Murray, Representative of Award Sponsor, Lair Design

A local woman has been crowned Business Advisor of the Year at the annual Enterprise Northern Ireland awards in Belfast.

Emma Garrett, employed by Work West Enterprise Agency for the past 12 years, is involved in the South Eastern Social Enterprise Hub in Lisburn.

“It is a great honour to receive the Business Advisor of the Year award at the Northern Ireland Enterprise Awards,” said Emma. “The award is a great credit to all the work that goes on in Work West.”

The event was hosted by broadcaster Sarah Travers, the keynote speaker was Junior Minister, Jonathan Bell, MLA and the event was supported by Legacy Wealth.

Chief Executive of Enterprise NI, Gordon Gough, said: “Enterprise Northern Ireland is the voice of local entrepreneurship and we’re very pleased to celebrate great examples of local ingenuity and talent.

“Helping to develop strong companies that create employment and export across the world is an important part of what we do.

“These awards are an excellent chance to recognise hard work and dedication of businesses and members of the ENI network. Whether it is through offering business support or highlighting access to finance initiatives, our network of enterprise agencies is playing an important role in stimulating Northern Ireland’s economy.”

During her time working as a business advisor, Emma has had significant experience in both enterprise start up and growth programme development and delivery.

She is currently focused on developing new and innovative approaches to both programme delivery and management.

Emma has written over 500 business plans, the majority of which have been successfully used to apply for grant and/or loan funding.

She has provided business start-up training and mentoring advice to over 2000 individuals.

Emma is involved in digital marketing and providing practical assistance to clients to build their online profiles. She is well known for helping clients find innovative ways to solve problems and overcome barriers for their business venture.

For more information on the awards visit enterpriseni.com