Tees Business co-editor Martin Walker on how the region’s business community has embraced the idea of an awards event for women…
The concept of a business awards event just for women certainly raised a few eyebrows when we first mooted the idea earlier this year.
But the support we’ve received already from the Tees region’s business community suggests it promises not only to be a successful evening, but also the catalyst for an annual celebration that will help to create even more female role models for our region over many years – not just as a one-off.
We know there are just as many women out there leading businesses and achieving great things across our region.
Perhaps they’re not shouting about it enough; perhaps us in the media haven’t been giving them the recognition they deserve. Maybe it’s a bit of both.
However, we identified this as an issue and it’s something we’ve been keen to address.
We’ve already had a lot of entries for the 10 different categories, but from a business model perspective it was obviously important for us to be able to get the majority of these categories sponsored by other businesses, which would enable us to fund this event at Wynyard Hall on Thursday November 8.
It’s fair to say we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the corporate sponsors and we already have 11 major partners involved.
Only this week, Northern Skills Group – the apprenticeship and training arm of Middlesbrough College – were confirmed as the event’s headline sponsor.
So we’re very proud to say this event is now officially called the Tees Businesswomen Awards 2018, in association with Northern Skills Group.
We’d also like to thank all 10 category award sponsors, some of which we have already publicised here on teesbusiness.co.uk
More recently, Developments by Joseph Homes – which is part of Wynyard Park – have sponsored the ‘Breaking the Mould’ category.
They follow Teesside University (Businesswoman of the Year), Cornerstone Business Solutions (Business of the Year), RMS Recruitment (Best Newcomer), Punch Robson Solicitors (SME of the Year), SABIC (Inspiring Others), Venator (Charity/Voluntary), PX Group (Training & Apprenticeships), Tees Valley Business Compass (Lifelong Inspiration) and the Tees Valley Combined Authority (Best New Business) who have already shown their support.
This backing will enable us to make sure the night itself is a huge success and everyone – whether that’s winners, runners-up or just those going along to enjoy it – have a fantastic evening.
Now we want to hear from individuals and businesses to enter the 10 different categories.
Take a look at our entry page and see if there’s someone you know who could be worthy of an award.
We’re not asking for complicated entry forms to be filled in – simply a Word or PDF document of no more than 500 words which can be uploaded is all we need.
A huge thank you again to all our sponsors – and good luck to all those who enter!
Co-editor, Tees Business