Stockton-based legal team Jacksons Law Firm is supporting the inaugural Tees Tech Awards by sponsoring one of the categories.
The region’s thriving digital sector will be celebrated when the Tees Tech Awards are held in April 2020, in association with DigitalCity and Middlesbrough Digital.
Organised by Tees Business, the inaugural Tees Tech Awards will take place in Wynyard Hall’s Grand Marquee on the evening of Thursday April 23 next year.
The awards will recognise and celebrate the organisations and individuals thriving within the Tees Valley’s fast-growing digital sector together with the local companies driving their business through digital transformation.
Jacksons has agreed to sponsor the Small Business of the Year category.
Karen Robinson, one of the firm’s partners and head of business development and marketing, said: “Jacksons Law Firm is delighted to be involved in the Tees Tech Awards and to celebrate the talent we have working in the tech sector, in the Tees Valley.
“It is fantastic to see the sector thriving in our part of the region and the exciting opportunities it has created for people and business alike.
“This part of the region is now being recognised as a centre of excellence in tech, and a rival for other areas in the UK.
“We all need to do what we can to spread that message to the next generation of Tees Valley tech experts and encourage them to stay and build a career in their home territory.”
Among the awards presented to organisations and individuals will be the inaugural Tees Tech Company of the Year and Tees Tech Business Leader of the Year, while other categories will recognise local tech leaders in export, innovation and partnership.
As well as headline sponsors DigitalCity and Middlesbrough Digital, Jacksons Law Firm have joined Tracerco, Communicate and Punch Robson Solicitors as category sponsors for the Tees Tech Awards.
Robinson added: “There has been a significant increase in start-ups and established businesses, from the sector, asking Jacksons for legal advice, whether it be to protect and fund their ideas, moving into their first premises or getting the right contracts in place as their business grows.
“It is reassuring that they are coming to law firms in this part of the region and not seeking advice from others based in Leeds or Newcastle.
“The tech team at Jacksons is really looking forward to working with Dave and Martin from Tees Business, the partners and other sponsors on what is going to be a very special event.”
Tees Business co-editor Dave Allan said: “We’re delighted Jacksons are supporting what we believe will be an important, annual event to celebrate the Tees Valley’s digital sector.
“We keep hearing about the growing tech industry in our region but we feel not enough attention is given to the individual firms that make up the sector, so hopefully these awards will rectify that.”
Six other category sponsorships are now being sought for the Tees Tech Awards, including Digital Transformation Award, Exporter of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Tees Tech for Good, Tees Tech Ambassador and Tees Tech Rising Star.
Sponsorship packages, which include a table of table of 10 (worth £750), a champagne reception, an opportunity to judge category entries and present category award including short speech plus pre and post-event publicity (print and online), are priced £3,000 + VAT.
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• Pictured above (left to right): Matthew Rowlinson, Charlotte Alexander, Louise White and Angie Papprill from Jacksons Law Firm with Tees Business co-editor Dave Allan.