Don’t miss out on inspiring a new generation

Eight leading local organisations have committed to inspiring a new generation of female leaders in the workplace by sponsoring the 2019 Tees Businesswomen Awards, in association with Northern Skills Group. Tees Business co-editor Dave Allan tells us why others should move fast to fill the three remaining category sponsorships…

When Claire Preston, CEO of Lexonik, became the inaugural recipient of the Tees Businesswoman of the Year Award in November last year it heralded a positive stride for Teesside in leading the way for female business leaders.

Along with other inspiring winners such as Lifelong Inspiration category winner Anne Preston of Prestons of Potto and the charity Halo Project’s Yasmin Khan, Claire’s award represented far more than recognising her own success in driving forward the company’s literacy-based learning programme into an international success.

The awards are about recognising women such as Claire, Yasmin and Anne as role models to inspire not only their female counterparts on the regional business scene but the Tees region’s female leaders of the future.

We understand the Businesswomen Awards aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. I don’t mean the diplodocus-like men who grin and ask “When are the BusinessMEN Awards?” There are women who believe they should only be judged against all others in business, not just fellow females.

But I believe that misses the point. These awards aren’t just about singling out women for the sake of it.

The fact is the fewer women are in leading business positions, whether as directors, entrepreneurs, business owners or managerial roles, especially here in the Tees region. That’s something we should all want to strive to change. These awards are designed to help inspire that change, recognising those women who are achieving – and creating a new generation of female high-achievers.

So associating your business with these awards is a hugely positive statement – to your staff, your customers and your associates, now and in the future.

We’re delighted that Northern Skills Group – the training and apprenticeships arm of Middlesbrough College – will again be our headline sponsors in 2019.

And renewing their category sponsorships for 2019 are Teesside University, Cornerstone Business Solutions, SABIC, Punch Robson Solicitors, Developments by Joseph Homes, RMS Recruitment & HR Specialists and px Group.

After 275 businesspeople attended the sell-out inaugural event at Wynyard Hall, we’ve moved the location of the awards to Wynyard Hall’s impressive Grand Marquee for 2019.

Tees Business is proud to shout even louder for Tees businesswomen – and we’d love you to join us!

Click here for more details about the benefits of sponsoring one of the three remaining categories – Best New Business, Lifelong Inspiration and the Charity/Voluntary award…


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