Cornerstone sponsor top gong for 2020 Tees Businesswomen Awards

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A leading commercial IT firm is backing the Tees Businesswomen Awards for a third successive year – and encouraging others to sponsor and enter this year’s virtual event.

“There’s no question of not having the awards. We must crack on, keep the momentum going and celebrate the amazing businesswomen in our region.”

These were the words of encouragement from Cornerstone Business Solutions’ managing director Chris Petty when asked about the delayed Tees Businesswomen Awards 2020, now confirmed as a virtual event in January 2021.

Stockton-based Cornerstone have been firm supporters of the awards since their inception in 2018, sponsoring the Company of the Year category for the first two years and now set to support the award that will see Sharon Lane’s successor crowned as the overall Tees Businesswoman of the Year.

This year, due to the ongoing pandemic and restrictions surrounding social gatherings, the awards may be virtual but are no less important.

“We’re fully on board with the awards being virtual and excited to be sponsoring the Businesswoman of the Year category this time,” continues Chris, pictured above (centre) with Cornerstone director Chris Bibby (left) and Bob Cuffe, non-executive director of Tees Business publisher Resolution.

“Yes, it will be different, and I won’t deny that we will all miss being together under one roof and celebrating in person, but that time will come.

“What’s important now is that we continue to shout about the amazing achievements of the Tees Valley’s businesswomen.”

In the Businesswoman of the Year category, Cornerstone and a panel of their fellow sponsors will be looking for a standout figure.

“Because of the pandemic, I think it’s important to honour someone who has kept her business moving forward despite the obstacles, who has encouraged growth and created employment,“ says Chris.

“Having met and worked alongside many of the region’s businesswomen and knowing how fabulous they are, I can see this being a close fight,” he admits.

Held in association with the Northern Skills Group, the training and apprenticeships arm of Middlesbrough College, the awards will take place on the evening of Thursday January 14, 2021, hosted by Teesside-born TV journalist Shiulie Ghosh with Dragons’ Den star and Crafter’s Companion founder Sara Davies as guest speaker.

They follow hot on the heels of Middlesbrough-based Resolution Publishing’s first foray into digital events in the shape of the Tees Tech Awards.

“You only need to look at the success of the Tech Awards which were really entertaining and great for all those involved, to know that Resolution can provide an impressive digital event,” says Chris.

“We’ve known Resolution directors Dave and Martin for many years and we’ve always been supportive of what they do. From the get-go, Cornerstone wanted to be involved not only in Tees Business magazine but in their other ventures.

“We, as a company, love the region and recognise how essential it is to keep talking up Teesside – and what better way to do it than with these awards.”

For further information on sponsoring a category in the Tees Businesswomen Awards 2020 call Chris Garbutt on: 01642 450255 or email

Details on how to enter or nominate can be found here.