Tees Business co-editor Martin Walker summarises the historic first-ever Tees Businesswomen Awards event…
After months of hard, hard work by my co-editor and great friend Dave Allan and I, we were delighted to finally deliver the inaugural Tees Businesswomen Awards event, in association with Northern Skills Group, at Wynyard Hall last Thursday night.
It’s fair to say we breathed a huge sigh of relief afterwards – but we also felt a great sense of pride and achievement that we’d pulled it off.
We’ve been inundated with very kind messages of support and congratulations from lots of people, by email and on social media, which is very much appreciated.
But it was a huge team effort by several of our associates and suppliers who all deserve recognition.
Sarah Carlton from KINSHIP, our trusted, talented graphic designer, supported us every step of the way with her creative work.
Adam Steel, one of our freelance journalists, did a fantastic job helping us to put together the programme on the night.
Local photographers Chris Booth and Tom Banks covered the event for us and, as you can see from their images online, they did a cracking job of encapsulating the evening.
Our fantastic table centre pieces for the evening were supplied by Weddings By Dee, of Middlesbrough, who also supplied the wonderful cup-cakes!
Katie Land, senior events co-ordinator at Wynyard Hall, deserves huge credit for being so patient and understand during what was a new experience for us, but she put our minds at ease throughout.
Storm AV provided our sound and lighting for the evening and I’m sure our guests on the night will agree their set-up and use of colours – as well as a huge LED screen – helped to create a special atmosphere.
Faye Shearer performed two songs which we thought were apt for the occasion and also very well received, while our host for the evening – our friend Hayley McQueen – was top-class and really gave the ceremony an edge.
Zoe Lewis from Middlesbrough College and Jane Turner from Teesside University delivered two very thought-provoking speeches which both brought loud applause and appreciation.
And then, of course, came all the shortlisted candidates, who – as RMS operations manager Matthew Telling coined brilliantly on the night – “were all champions”.
Thank you to Kirsten Donkin, of PD Ports, who helped us set up on the day and to Jenny Williams, from the Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, who gave up her time to help us out on the night.
Our biggest thanks go to all our sponsors, who not only believed in our vision, but enabled us to achieve it.
Thank you Northern Skills Group, Cornerstone Business Solutions, Teesside University, RMS Recruitment, PX Group, Venator, Developments by Joseph Homes, Tees Valley Combined Authority, SABIC, Punch Robson Solicitors and Tees Valley Business Compass.
So, what next?
We’re already planning next year’s event and we’ll be announcing sponsorship details very soon.
We’ll continue to deliver the Tees Businesswomen Awards as long as we feel there’s a need for them.
This first event has already created several female role models – as well as plenty of prospective Tees Business content – but we think there’s still a lot to do, so watch out for more details, and we’ll start publicising how to enter in 2019.
A big thank you once again to everyone who played their part in such a fantastic evening for the Tees region.
See below links to various articles from the evening.
Co-editor, Tees Business