A leading Tees business figure has praised an inaugural awards competition which will help to shine a light on the region’s businesswomen.
More than a hundred entries have been received for the first-ever Tees Businesswomen Awards, in association with Northern Skills Group, which will culminate with a glamorous ceremony at Wynyard Hall in November.
Organised by Tees Business – the Tees region’s quarterly business magazine – it’s hoped the event will inspire a new generation of females to succeed in business and create more female entrepreneurs and business leaders than ever before.
A total of 106 entries were sent in, including 59 individual female business leaders going for the five individual awards, and 25 businesses vying for the five company categories.
The category sponsors have now whittled the entries down to a shortlist of only three per award, with one winner.
Professor Jane Turner, pro-vice chancellor at Teesside University and the keynote speaker at the awards event, said: “I am absolutely thrilled in the response so far. Finally, we have a platform to demonstrate the capability in the region.
“I am confident that this event will be the catalyst that will drive greater visibility, awareness and understanding of the impact of women in the Tees Valley.
“This in turn will drive the ambition and aspiration of the young women in our region.
“We have a lot to do, but it is brilliant that two men, Dave and Martin from Tees Business, are responsible for making this happen.
“I am really looking forward to a positive and vibrant evening.”
As well as headline sponsor Northern Skills Group, the Tees Businesswomen Awards is being supported by a number of well-known businesses and organisations, including Teesside University, Cornerstone Business Solutions, RMS Recruitment, SABIC, Punch Robson Solicitors, Venator, Developments by Joseph Homes, px Group and Tees Valley Business Compass.
It’s also being backed by the Tees Valley Combined Authority, which is sponsoring one of the categories.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “I’m delighted to see such an overwhelming flood of entries for the Tees Businesswoman Awards.
“Each and every submission is a testament to the tremendous ambition and achievements of our local business leaders in the Tees Valley.”
Only five women and five businesses will be revealed as winners during the awards ceremony in front of at least 230 people within Wynyard Hall’s beautiful Conservatory Room on Thursday November 8.