Entrepreneur winner talks business after Image Businesswoman of the Year Awards

CEO of Cpl Resources Anne Heraty was named Overall 2015 Image Businesswoman of the Year

Entrepreneur winner talks business after Image Businesswoman of the Year Awards

Sara Mitchell, co-owner of Poulet Bonne Femme | Image: IMAGE Publications

Leaders from the world of business and entrepreneurship gathered in Dublin last night for the Image Businesswoman of the Year Awards.

Anne Heraty, chief executive of Cpl Resources plc, was named as the Overall 2015 Image Businesswoman of the Year.

With an annual turnover in excess of €390m, the company has more than 650 permanent employees.

In any one week, Cpl also has around 10,000 temp/contract staff under management in customer sites.

Ms Heraty's company has grown through both strong organic growth and strategic acquisitions.

She has won numerous awards - and her company was ranked as 'Best place to work 2015' in the large organisation category.

Anne Heraty, CEO of Cpl Resources plc | Image: IMAGE Publications

There were also nine category winners announced.

Sara Mitchell - co-owner of Poulet Bonne Femme - was named as Entrepreneur of the Year, Fiona Flannery, CEO of DEPFA Bank plc, was named Management Professional Businesswoman of the Year and Bernadette Kinsella, CEO of worldBOX.ie, took the Start-up of the Year title.

The CEO, festival director and creative director of Body & Soul, Avril Stanley, was also named as Creative Businesswoman of the Year.

The Social Entrepreneurship award was given to Michelle O'Donnell-Keating and Niamh Gallagher, co-founders of Women for Election - while Chupi Sweetman-Durney, creative director of Chupi Jewellery, won Young Businesswoman of the Year.

Sandra McKenna, co-founder of Sheology Digital, took the title of Digital Businesswoman of the Year - and the Overseas Businesswoman of the Year Award went to Dr Jeanne Bolger, vice president of investment ventures at Johnson & Johnson.

While the CEO Businesswoman of the Year Award was awarded to Anna Malmhake, the CEO of Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard.

The awards also introduced the Lifetime Achievement Award to former chair of the RTÉ Authority and one of the founding partners at Wilson Hartnell Public Relations, Mary Finan.

Entrepreneur of the Year, Sara Mitchell, told Newstalk Breakfast how this all came about.

The winners at the Image Businesswoman of the Year Awards | Image: IMAGE Publications