Meet our Regional Ambassadors - National Womens Enterprise Day 19th Oct 2016

Women in Enterprise with Map of Ireland

Region: Border

Regional Ambassador: Margaret Reilly

Border Region 	 Margaret Reilly Grand Design

Company: CTR Manufacturing Ltd and Grand Designs Kitchen & Bedroom

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Don't take no for an answer, keep smiling, and act like a flamingo in a flock of pigeons!Margaret Reilly, NWED Regional Ambassador


Margaret, an experienced cabinet maker, set up CTR Manufacturing in 2009 to make kitchen, bedroom and office furniture for trade buyers. Three years later, she opened a second business, Grand Designs Kitchens & Bedrooms, to showcase and sell custom-designed furniture directly to the public. The company employs seven and has recently relocated to a new factory showroom in Drogheda.



Region: Dublin

Regional Ambassador: Nicola Byrne

Dublin Region - Nicola Byrne

Company: Cloud90 and 11890 and


Be brave and ask for help,” Nicola Byrne, NWED Regional Ambassador


Nicola, a serial innovator and entrepreneur, is the CEO and founder of 11890, Call90 and RiskEye. Her company employs 55 people in Ireland, covering sectors such as directory enquiries, live social media monitoring, data preparation and online protection services. Nicola is also the Junior Vice President of the Irish Exporters Association and a board member of the Ireland-US Council


Region: Midlands

Regional Ambassador: Regina Bushell         

Midlands Region - Regina Bushell

Company: Grovelands Childcare



“You need passion and determination to follow your dreams. Do not give up at the first hurdle.Regina Bushell, NWED Regional Ambassador


Regina, an award-winning entrepreneur, is passionate about enabling children to reach their full potential. She founded Grovelands Childcare in 1992 and the family-run company now has five child-centered facilities in the Midlands, employing 80 childcare professionals, catering for 700 families. Together with her daughter, Deirdre, Regina established Private Early Education Providers, an association dedicated to raising early education standards.



 Region: Mid East

Regional Ambassador: Audrey Gaffney

Mid East Region - Audrey Gaffney

Company: Audrey Gaffney Associates



Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t, that it won’t work, or that you're not good enough,”Audrey Gaffney, NWED Regional Ambassador


Audrey founded an architectural interior design company in 2008, specialising in hospitality projects. The team of seven are based in a studio and showroom in Co. Meath and the business was originally called ‘Be Design’. In 2013, the company was re-named and high profile projects have included The Lough Erne Resort, Cabra Castle, City Hotel Derry and Cliff Townhouse.


Region: Mid West

Regional Ambassador: Hannah Wrixon       

Hannah Wrixon Mid West Region

Company: Last Minute Minders



Focus, focus, focus,”Hannah Wrixon, NWED Regional Ambassador


Headquartered in Limerick, Last Minute Minders is an introduction service, matching Garda-vetted and qualified childcare professionals with crèches and childcare providers nationwide. Growing quickly since it started trading in 2013, the company increased revenues by 180% this year. The company employs six people, manages over 300 minders and is Hannah’s second business; she set-up Aire Children’s Centre in 2004.


Region: South East

Regional Ambassador: Rachel Doyle

South East Region Rachel Doyle

Company: Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven



Define your brand – who you are, what you do and stick with it,” Rachel Doyle, NWED Regional Ambassador


Rachel started the Arboretum in 1976 as a small garden centre at the back of her home. Today, the family company has retail destination stores in Carlow and Wicklow, employing 100. It was named ‘National Store of the Year’ and ‘Company of the Year’ by Retail Excellence Ireland and Rachel is the former President of the World Garden Centre Association.


Region: South West

Regional Ambassador: Valerie Kingston

Valerie Kingston South West Region

Company: Glenilen Farm         



We attribute our success to our steadfast belief of staying true to our roots,”Valerie Kingston, NWED Regional Ambassador


 After five years of selling through farmers’ markets, in 2002, Valerie and her husband Alan built a production unit on the family’s dairy farm in West Cork and ‘Glenilen Farm’ became a retail brand. The company now employs 35 people and their award-winning butter, desserts, frozen yoghurt and lemonade can be found on shelves across Ireland and the UK.


Region: West

Regional Ambassador: Aisling Hanley         

West Region - Aisling Hanley

Company: Keenwah Quinoa and Aisling’s Artisan Bakery

Facebook: Search ‘Aisling’s Artisan Bakery’


If you have an idea in your head that won’t go away - just go for it,”Aisling Hanley, NWED Regional Ambassador

Aisling, a Galway-based food entrepreneur, set up Aisling’s Artisan Bakery in 2008. Famous for its brown soda bread and confectionary, the family bakery employs six and supplies supermarkets across the region. After identifying a gap in the baby food market, Aisling launched ‘Keenwah Quinoa’ in 2015. Its first product is Quinoa Organic Babyfood, with new product lines in development.


 Miriam O'Callaghan Ambassadors and Minister