“I never thought for one minute I would win the award – it was flattering to be nominated, let alone make the shortlist.”
So said Claire Preston, CEO of Middlesbrough firm Lexonik after she was crowned the inaugural Tees Businesswoman of the Year last October (pictured receiving her award from Teesside University pro vice-chancellor Jane Turner).
Now our first winner is urging her fellow Tees businesswomen – and businesses powered by women – to pick up the baton and go for it themselves. This is no time to hide your light under a bushel!
“There’s a huge amount of female talent and untapped potential in the region,” says Claire. “The awards are an opportunity for similarly minded people to get together and use their voices in a really positive way.
“Off the back of the inaugural awards, I’ve been working with people I’d probably never have come into contact with.
“The awards have given me a forum and a voice that would otherwise not have been possible.
“Entering the awards is a wonderful opportunity to work with other people, to collaborate and to celebrate.”
Entries are now being sought for the outstanding females and female-inspired businesses that deserve to win the accolades in the second annual Tees Businesswomen Awards, in association with Northern Skills Group, the training and apprenticeship arm of Middlesbrough College.
Winners will receive their trophies at a memorable awards ceremony at Wynyard Hall’s Grand Marqiuee on the evening of October 24.
Following the massive success of the inaugural event, Tees Business is organising the awards to celebrate women in business on Teesside, inspiring a new generation of females to succeed in business, creating more female entrepreneurs and business leaders than ever before.
As the Tees region’s business magazine, Tees Business is proud to be giving this opportunity to local firms, organisations and individuals to shout from the rooftops about the women who are making an outstanding contribution – and to the organisations that champion them.
Individual categories include awards for Lifelong Inspiration, Breaking the Mould, Inspiring Others, Best Newcomer and the much-coveted Tees Businesswoman of the Year.
Company categories include SME of the Year, Training & Apprenticeships Award, Best Company Scheme for Women, Charity/Voluntary Award and the woman-powered Business of the Year.
The awards are free to enter. Nominations can be submitted by visiting this section.