Newry Junior Chamber member and Local Business Woman Clare Vallely has scooped a leading prize at the Women in Business Northern Ireland Awards. Clare claimed the coveted Best Exporter at the pretisgious awards ceremony .The Awards were held in the Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast late Thursday Evening. 420 guests attended the event which highlighted the hard work and achievements of many business women who make a valuable contribution to the economic life of Northern Ireland.
Clare is a 27 year old graduate from Dublin Institute of Technology where she studied Surveying and Property Economics. Clare started her business career whilst still at University setting up The Rug House with brother Paul. The Rug House began as an online company selling rugs on eBay, Amazon and the company website. In recent time The Rug House have been creating waves in the local economy opening a new retail outlet in Carnbane Industrial Estate, Newry.
The Autumn and Winter season has been very successful for The Rug House with increasing sales and multiple award wins. In September The Rug House won Exporter of the Year at the DANI Awards and this was followed by the Best SME Award at the UTV Business Eye Awards. Over this period staffing level have increased from 22 to 25 staff with a number of key positions still to be filled including shop and purchasing manager roles.
Clare explained "I am delighted to be recognised but this award is recognition of all our staff and their hard work. This is the busiest period of the year for The Rug House with homeowners investing in new rugs in time for Christmas and our staff have shown amazing commitment and work ethic to deal with the increased workload."
The Rug Houses Christmas Opening House are Monday to Saturday 9-6 with last night Thursday. For more information visit the company website www.therughouse.co.uk/rugs