Ballyclare woman wins Entrepreneur of the Year award

Stacey Hamill, winner of the Female Entrepreneur of the Year award. INNT 47-809CON
Stacey Hamill, winner of the Female Entrepreneur of the Year award. INNT 47-809CON

Stacey Hamill, owner of The Spa at Dunamoy and Dunamoy Cottages in Ballyclare, was awarded the Female Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Local Women North Coast Business Awards.

The successful business owner is thrilled to have won the prestigious award and is full of praise for her employees who have helped to make the business successful.

“Dunamoy Cottages and Spa is very much a team effort and I rely on my team of brilliant professional staff every day. I have a fantastic Spa Manager, Andrea Cairns, who has the same vision and ethic for the Dunamoy brand as I do. Our team of highly trained spa therapists are our best asset and I am very proud of them all,” she said.

Stacey’s vision began in 2009 when she drew up a business plan to renovate some 200-year-old stone outbuildings into private holiday cottage retreats at Dunamoy Farm.

After receiving financial support and assistance from GROW South Antrim, her dream became a reality with the cottages opening in the winter of 2012.

In 2013 work began on the second phase of the project, the spa, which was successfully opened at the beginning of this year.

Stacey and the Dunamoy brand are no strangers to success as they have won a number of other accolades. These include, Best Tourism and Hospitality business at the Council Business Awards, Best Business with Love Ballyclare, a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor, a silver award from Green Tourism as well as being commended as a finalist in the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards at Queens Belfast.

Stacey paid tribute to everyone who has supported her throughout her career.

“To win the LW Female Entrepreneur of the Year is a very personal reward and I’m very grateful to the judging panel, the sponsors and to everyone who nominated us. I’m extremely grateful for all the support I’ve had throughout my journey from my family and friends, as without them, it would have been much more difficult,” Stacey added.