Danielle Tagg, Director/Manager of Articlave Day Care Nursery has won an Enterprise Northern Ireland award.
The awards, held at the Hilton Hotel in Belfast last week, celebrate the stars of the local enterprise sector.
Danielle was singled out as the winner, having impressed the judges with her engagement in the programme, and her achievement of the various milestones and outcomes along the way.
Danielle, who is orginally from Morocco, said that she decided to set up the business after she had her son.
“I’m from an IT background, but when I came back from maternity leave, I found it very difficult to find suitable childcare.
“ I then noticed that there was a gap in the market, and I decided to go for it.
“This award was a big shock for me, but I am delighted to be recognised,” she the the 39-year-old.
Danielle’s journey from having no recognised qualifications or experience in her chosen sector, to becoming a business owner and employer is an encouragement to everyone, according to the judges.
Thanks to her own hard work, Danielle opened the Daycare Nursery in Articlave back in 2014.
She now employs five full time and three part time staff.
Congratulating Danielle, Jayne Taggart, CEO of Causeway Enterprise Agency said: ”Exploring Enterprise is a key programme of support and we in Causeway are delighted that it has helped Danielle to start up and grow such a promising business.”
Chief Executive of Enterprise Northern Ireland, 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 the hard work and dedication of businesses and members of the Enterprise Northern Ireland 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.”
The Exploring Enterprise Programme develops employment opportunities for the long term unemployed, providing one to one advice and training, leading to an award in Understanding Business Enterprise.