EXCLUSIVE: poll results reveal Teesside’s Most Influential Businessperson

There was a close-fought, four-way battle for top spot in our second annual poll to discover Teesside’s Most Inspiring Businessperson – but you can be among the first to discover if Andy Preston, Mike Matthews, Bill Scott or Steve Gibson received most votes before the new issue of Tees Business even rolls off the press.

The Autumn issue of the only publication dedicated to the Tees business scene won’t officially be available until this Friday – but you can read our digital version now by clicking here.

Perhaps the big talking point from our exclusive poll – carried out among Tees business leaders – is that just three of the top 30 voted most inspiring are women.

It’s why, in our regular Tees Talk feature, we ask eight business leaders for their views. Is there a problem? Are we really struggling for inspiring female business leaders? What can be done to encourage more female entrepreneurs and business owners? Their views are sure to start a few debates.

Tees Business co-editor Dave Allan said: “When we launched Tees Business magazine at the start of 2015, celebrating and promoting a local business scene that was too often ignored by the wider business press was one of our key aims. Two of the features in this issue are a perfect fit for that initial vision.

“The results of our second annual poll asking our readers to vote for Teesside’s Most Inspiring Businesspeople make fascinating reading.”

Another feature in the Autumn issue that celebrates Teesside’s ability to keep on overcoming adversity is titled The Export Experts, taking a look at the incredible range of products local companies are exporting to an array of countries around the globe.

Allan added: “We plan to go on shouting from the rooftops about our fantastic local businesses and people.

“Our region is too often overlooked and rarely receives the plaudits it deserves, but we’re determined to reverse that trend.

“I hope you’ll agree, as you flick through the pages of our Autumn issue, that we’re successfully banging the drum for our amazing region.”

Five thousand copies of Tees Business are set to be circulated around the Teesside business region, so make sure you pick up your copy.


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