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BBC journalist Charlie Charlton will host the second Tees Businesswomen of the Year awards on Thursday night. Tees Business co-editor Martin Walker looks forward to the event…

The names have been etched on to the trophies, the food and drinks ordered, the shortlists’ films completed… now we’re all set for what is arguably the glitziest night of the Tees business scene calendar.

We received 100 entries for the 10 different categories this year – and our sponsors had the unenviable task of first shortlisting all of the fantastic nominations to three, before choosing only one winner.

Judging by the entries, it’s no wonder one of our sponsors asked if their award could be shared!

More than 440 people will descend on Wynyard’s brilliant Grand Marquee for the second Tees Businesswomen of the Year awards on Thursday evening, with arrival from 6.30pm.

My Tees Business co-editor Dave Allan and I super proud that this – what started out as a seed of an idea – has morphed into a movement.

The businesspeople of the Tees region have wholeheartedly backed the concept – and we’re extremely grateful to all our sponsors for making it happen, as well as to everyone who entered, bought tickets and tables.

Last year, Dave and I pulled off the inaugural event very much by the seat of our pants – some of the finishing touches were still being made on the day.

This year, however, we’ve had the support of our new events manager Julie Burniston, who has done a fantastic job in dealing with all arrangements and shouldering much of the pressure.

This year’s event is being hosted by North-East broadcast journalist Charlie Charlton, presenter on award-winning BBC radio stations across the country.

Originally from Gateshead and now based in Darlington, Charlie is currently a staff presenter with BBC Radio Newcastle and works as a freelance on a range of shows on BBC Radio 5 Live, as well as co-presenting Weekend Breakfast and the award-winning Drive programme.

Our keynote speaker is Yasmin Khan, founder of the Halo Project, a Middlesbrough-based charity which tackles forced marriage and honour-based violence by offering support to victims and education to organisations.

Fundraising is also taking place for the charity, with every penny raised from an envelope draw going to the charity.

Entertainment on the night will also come from quirky Middlesbrough-born singer and ukulele player Amelia Coburn.

And there may also be a few surprises in store!

A huge thank you to our headline sponsors Northern Skills Group and to category sponsors Teesside University, Cornerstone Business Solutions, SABIC, Punch Robson Solicitors, RMS Recruitment, Developments by Joseph Homes, Tees Valley Combined Authority, px Group, Billions Europe and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.

Also a big thanks to our prosecco reception sponsors Tees Print and Design and to Redcar firm First Choice Labels, sponsors of the table wine.

Months of preparations will come to a head on Thursday evening – we hope everyone in attendance on the night thoroughly enjoys it, and we look forward to celebrating all our fantastic female business leaders, the winners and runners-up.

Martin Walker
Co-editor, Tees Business


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