There’s now just seven days to go before the region’s inaugural Tees Businesswomen Awards.
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 next Thursday.
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 for each of the 10 awards.
And a variety of women from business – ranging from a pie maker, to a chemical plant manager, to a wine connoisseur – are now hoping to pick up the gongs at a glitzy awards ceremony on Thursday November 8.
They include our most senior shortlisted candidate Anne Preston MBE (above right), chairman of logistics firm Prestons of Potto, and the youngest Holly Campbell (above left), communications assistant at Venator.
Tees Business has been interviewing the shortlisted candidates over the last couple of weeks ahead of the big night next week.
The formidable Mrs Preston will go head-to-head with Jane Turner, from Teesside University, and Katrina Morley, Tees Valley Education, for the Lifelong Inspiration Award.
“Of all the things I’ve ever won, I’d most desire to win on Teesside,” she said.
“It really would probably be one of my greatest achievements. I’m so proud of Teesside, it’s very much to my heart.”
Meanwhile, Miss Campbell has been shortlisted in the Best Newcomer category along with Jessica Williams, of Just Williams, and Jo Davies, of HR Alchemy.
“As a young woman in the business, and especially in the chemical industry which is predominantly and traditionally male-dominated, it makes being shortlisted for the award that bit more special,” said the confident Miss Campbell.
“I’m learning from very powerful women… women who I look up to and aspire to be. So being shortlisted is helping me pave my career as a successful woman within a business in Teesside.”