Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen has praised the digital sector’s “innovators and job creators” after a new date and venue were agreed for the much-awaited inaugural Tees Tech Awards.
Organisers Resolution Media and Publishing – the team behind Tees Business – in partnership with David Dixon from DigitalCity and Dan Watson from Middlesbrough Digital, have agreed a deal to host the virtual event with a small number of guests at Teesside International Airport.
The first Tees Tech Awards were scheduled to take place at Wynyard Hall in April, but were postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
It was announced in May that the event would be held virtually – with plans to beam the awards to thousands of people online.
And now – with the awards shortlists due to be announced within days – a new date of Thursday August 20 has been set, with the region’s airport providing the backdrop for the historic event.
Tees Business co-editor Dave Allan explained: “We’ve had to wait for government guidance in terms of how many people we could get in a room, to have key representatives there on the night.
“We’ve also been discussing with a media partner the logistics of delivering the event, and just making sure we’re fully geared up to deliver the event properly and professionally.
“We’re delighted to be hosting the event at the airport. It’s an ideal venue for WiFi connectivity as well as for access, but it also makes another positive statement that our airport is open for business.”
More than 90 entries were received for the 11 categories in the Tees Tech Awards.
And co-organiser Martin Walker said: “We felt it was important that all the time businesses spent on entering didn’t go to waste.
“The Tees Tech Awards will be a fantastic celebration of the Tees region’s tech and digital sectors – and now all the ingredients are in place for a truly memorable and unique occasion.
“We’d like to thank all our sponsors who have remained committed to the awards in spite of the current pandemic – we plan to do them and all the shortlisted candidates proud on the night.”
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Here in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool we have some amazing digital firms that are making a huge impact not just in our region, but across the whole of the UK. That’s why I’m delighted to be able to welcome the first ever Tees Tech Awards to Teesside International Airport.
“I’m sure this will be a brilliant event, celebrating our innovators, job creators and entrepreneurs, and their businesses.
“Our region is known for steel, heavy industry and processing, but the tech and digital sectors are also hugely important to our economy and this new award will give these innovative businesses the recognition they rightfully deserve.
“As we bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus, my plan for jobs will create thousands of high quality, well-paid jobs for local people and as our tech and digital firms go from strength to strength I look forward to seeing them taking on more local people. ”
Resolution would like to thank main sponsors DigitalCity and Middlesbrough Digital for their continued support, along with category sponsors Punch Robson Solicitors, Cornerstone Business Solutions, Tracerco, Jacksons Law Firm, Communicate Technology PLC, Baldwins Group, Davies Tracey, Recognition PR and Middlesbrough College.