Awards will inspire future tech stars, say digital leaders

Tees Business Digital Media Pack

We asked some of those involved in the Tees Tech Awards as sponsors, winners and
finalists what difference they felt the inaugural event would make for the local digital sector.
Here’s what they told us…

Yusuf Chauhdry, commercial direct, Adeo Group
The Tees Tech Awards are becoming an integral part of the digital sector in this area, encouraging those of us within this industry to join in with a little healthy competition to bring out the best in all of us.
Daniel Watson, manager, Middlesbrough Digital
The Tees Tech Awards delivered what we set out to achieve, providing a platform to celebrate the success of the digital tech cluster in the Tees Valley.This is important, not only to recognise the successes of these businesses and their contribution to the local economy, but to inspire the next generation of talent – showcasing the opportunities on their doorstep, as well as what can be achieved locally within these
industries.

Delivering the awards online turned out to be a blessing, as I genuinely believe that this has engaged a much wider audience.

David Dixon, DigitalCity
The TeesTech Awards are crucial for the sector to celebrate what are often hidden successes. It gives everyone connected a confidence boost and validation that Teesside is the place to not just set up but also scale up.To be truly successful, my view is that we must inspire our young people to explore digital and technology as a career, whether that be self-employed or employed.

We must involve our wider society into the sector and highlight the successes – often world-leading – and the relevance. We can never underestimate the power of sharing good news stories with regards to an overall societal feel good.

The awards will also act as a beacon for potential inward investors. If we are to create a genuine eco-system of national relevance, we must improve this.

Konrad Rutkowski, finance director, Communicate Technology
The Tees Tech Awards give us a chance to highlight the skillset we have in the area, help to attract new interest and hopefully continued investment.Just as importantly, the winner of the award we sponsored was also genuinely delighted to have won and be recognised for their achievements.  They had only previously entered one awards event in the previous 10 years because nothing else had a category which helped highlight their success and work. I think that recognition is important.”

Joanne Regan, partner, Baldwins Group
Baldwins see the Tees Tech Awards as a great showcase of the current digital sector that is flourishing in the Tees Valley and provides the recognition that our local businesses deserve, whether in the tech industry or purely by using tech to enhance and future-proof their businesses.We hope that this will encourage start-ups, drive confidence that the Tees Valley is a major player in the sector and attract more businesses to our vibrant region. There is certainly the drive, enthusiasm and professional support available to make it happen.