The Tees Valley Combined Authority says it’s proud to be supporting the first-ever awards to recognise the region’s businesswomen.
Tees Business will host the inaugural Tees Businesswomen Awards, in association with Northern Skills Group, at Wynyard Hall tonight (Thursday, November 8).
More than 100 entries were received for the 10 different categories in the awards event.
Stockton-based sales outsourcing firm Just Williams, Middlesbrough pie makers Pie Jackers and Yarm wine bar/shop Fourteen Drops will go head-to-head in the Best New Business category, which has been sponsored by Tees Valley Combined Authority.
The authority’s interim managing director Julie Gilhespie said: “We’re very proud to be sponsoring the Best New Business award.
“We have many quality businesses being run by women in the Tees Valley, and in terms of the new businesses, we’re seeing incredibly exciting areas of businesses coming through.
“The three shortlisted are particularly interesting and I look forward to seeing who wins not just our category but all the awards.”
Tees Business co-editor Dave Allan added: “We’re delighted and very grateful for the support from the Tees Valley Combined Authority.
“The support we’ve had from the business community generally has been overwhelming and the number of entries received showed the demand for such an event for the Tees region.
“It has already brought a number of inspiring businesswomen to the fore, and tonight’s event will recognise some of them but it will also create a number of new role models for young women in the Tees region.
“A lot of hard work has gone into tonight, and we have a few surprises lined up, so it should be a really cracking evening.”
Only five women and five businesses will be revealed as winners during the awards ceremony in front of more than 270 people tonight.
The shortlisted candidates are:
Training & Apprenticeships (sponsored by PX Group): Jackson’s Law, Hunters Estate Agents, Nifco.
Best Newcomer (sponsored by RMS Recruitment): Jessica Williams (Just Williams), Holly Campbell (Venator), Jo Davies (HR Alchemy).
Charity/Voluntary Award (sponsored by Venator): Halo Project, Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, The Bungalow Partnership.
Breaking the Mould Award (sponsored by Developments by Joseph Homes): Liza Pontone (Active Chartered Financial Planners), Andrea Pearson (SABIC), Kelly Bailey (Venator).
Best New Business (sponsored by Tees Valley Combined Authority): Pie Jackers, Fourteen Drops, Just Williams.
Inspiring Others Award (sponsored by SABIC): Yasmin Khan (Halo Project), Julie Donaldson (Zetland FM), Stacey Phoenix (Cygnet Law).
SME of the Year (sponsored by Punch Robson Solicitors): Hunters Estate Agents, Chadwicks Inn Maltby, Crake & Mallon Funeral Services.
Lifelong Inspiration Award (sponsored by Tees Valley Business Compass): Jane Turner (Teesside University), Katrina Morley (Tees Valley Education), Anne Preston (Prestons of Potto).
Business of the Year (sponsored by Cornerstone Business Solutions): Sound Training, J&B Recycling, Home Instead Senior Care.
Businesswoman of the Year (sponsored by Teesside University): Sharon Lane (Tees Components), Claire Preston (Sound Training), Yasmin Khan (The Halo Project).