The founder of a home care agency based in Northern Ireland took home the ultimate accolade at the 2019 NatWest everywoman Awards last week.
Mairead Mackle, CEO and founder of Homecare Independent Living (HCIL) in Armagh, stood out from hundreds of female entrepreneurs to be presented with the everywoman of the Year Award.
She was also a finalist in the ‘HERA award’ category, which recognises inspirational women who have running a business that has been trading for 10 years or more.
Mackle left her job as a podiatrist in 1995 to set up HCIL from her kitchen table, whilst raising her seven children.
Over 25 years, the business has grown into an international enterprise, providing over one million hours of care in 2018, both in Ireland and internationally.
It has also expanded to encompass a suite of complementary businesses including health, housing & social care solutions, online training and renewable energies.
Speaking about the winners, Maxine Benson, co-Founder at everywoman, said: “Women in the UK do not lack ability or ambition, yet only one in three British entrepreneurs are female – a gender gap equivalent to 1.1 million missing businesses.
“Women are consistently less likely than men to believe they have the necessary skills to be successful entrepreneurs which is why showcasing these success stories is so critical. They demonstrate passion, determination and dedication often in the face of adversity. We congratulate this year’s winners and applaud their incredible achievements.”