Tees Businesswoman of the Year Claire Preston praised the power of networking as she helped celebrate 10 years of Assist Businesswomen’s Network when she was among the speakers at a special event at the refurbished Middlesbrough Town Hall.
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Assist exists to support business and professional women across the Tees Valley, sharing and learning business skills.
Claire, CEO of Middlesbrough-based Lexonik by Sound Training, was joined on the stage by Tees Businesswomen Awards double winner Yasmin Khan and Redcar MP Anna Turley among the speakers of the Past, Present and Future event.
“Leading a professional working life can be tough going for women in particular but, thanks to organisations such as Assist, none of us should ever feel alone.
“There are so many amazing women out there supporting each other. Assist is proof that support is usually on your doorstep but you do have to reach out and look for it.”
She also urged attendees at the celebration to consider entering the 2019 Tees Businesswomen Awards – or nominate others for an award.
“Last year’s inaugural Tees Businesswomen Awards were so important in the way they inspired so many talented women in so many different sectors,” she added.
“I am confident that every one of the attendees at the Assist event were worthy of an award – it is really about whether they acknowledge that fact.
“But even if they decide against entering, I reckon they could all nominate a handful of their fellow businesswomen who are worthy of being considered for one of the 10 categories.”
Another guest speaker was Claire’s brother, new Middlesbrough mayor Andy Preston, who said: “It’s group like Assist that inspire people to just ‘go and do it anyway’.”
Hosted by Ruth Winden, the event also featured talks by lawyer Deb McGargle, Dinah Bennett OBE and Julie Gilhespie, chief executive of Tees Valley Combined Authority.