The founder of a home care company based in Northern Ireland has been shortlisted in the NatWest everywoman Awards, a major event that celebrates female entrepreneurs.
Mairead Mackle, CEO and founder of Homecare Independent Living is in the running for a HERA award, which recognises inspirational women who have running a business that has been trading for 10 years or more.
Recognising the challenges the Northern Irish Government was facing with health, housing and social care, Mackle left her job in 1995 to set up Homecare Independent Living from her kitchen table.
The business expanded to encompass a suite of complementary businesses covering health, housing and social care solutions, online training and renewable energies. It now delivers 6,000 hours of care daily to 60,000 clients totalling over one million hours of care annually in 80 counties.
Mackle has also founded various other initiatives including EVOLVE – a non-profit that addresses challenges women face, and is attempting to tackle the housing crisis with her new company, Fabraco.
Now in its 17th year, the NatWest everywoman Awards will take place on December 3 at Grosvenor House in London.
Mackle will go head to head with Rachel Pendered of Media Zoo, a communications agency based in London, and Nassrin Zarach of Manicomio Restaurants.