How businesswomen award boosted our firm

Almost a year after picking up a trophy at last year’s Tees Businesswomen Awards, Abacus Bean are still reaping the rewards, says managing director Bev Goodall.

Entries are now being received for the 2020 Tees Businesswomen Awards, with the entry deadline of November 27 fast approaching.

Bev’s Stockton-based firm of accountants won the Best New Business award in 2019.

“The company and I personally have made some really great, close connections thanks to the awards,” she says.

“We have collaborated with people we met at the event and have passed work around. It’s a great networking opportunity and great for business.”

Though Bev was shocked her fledgling company won the award, she is thankful someone took the time to nominate her.

“I was honestly gobsmacked,” she admits before laughing: “I thought Wander Films would walk it as they’re so much younger and funkier than a firm of accountants.

“It was a great accolade though and has been fantastic for business. It got our name out there on Teesside, thanks to the online publicity and mentions in Tees Business magazine.

“Having the winners banner on our email footers makes us look more prestigious and we’ve possibly picked up clients as a result. Apart from that, it’s been a real confidence and morale-booster. We were buzzing on the night and for weeks afterwards.”

Since the awards, Abacus Bean have continued to flourish.

“We’ve moved up a floor in our current premises (in Stockton’s LevelQ) as we needed more space,” says Bev. “We’ve taken on five new staff – four in five weeks over the summer alone – so, despite the pandemic, we are making good progress.

“It would have potentially been an even bigger growth, but like everyone else we are taking things a little easy as we wait to see what happens with the virus.”

Aside from their own success, Abacus Bean decided to give something back to the region by helping other small business with their fees.

“We’ve been doing some work for local businesses at a peppercorn rate,” she reveals.

“This is important to us, as we feel we need to do our bit to help the region. In this day and age, we really do need each other’s support more than ever.”

With the 2020 Tees Businesswomen Awards set to be held virtually on January 14, Bev admits to feeling a little disappointed not to be putting her glad rags on this time around. But she firmly believes it was the right decision to go ahead with the virtual event.

“We still need to mark the occasion,” she says. “And looking at how successful the virtual Tees Tech Awards were, then I’m sure the Businesswomen Awards will be just as fantastic. You have to work with what you have and it’s a great way to showcase local talent.”

Bev also encourages other women to enter themselves or their business – or to nominate others.

“Those blazing a trail for the region shouldn’t hold back, they should have their moment of glory,” she insists.

“From a past winner, I can’t stress enough what a positive experience it is.”

For further information on sponsoring one of the three remaining categories in the Tees Businesswomen Awards 2020 call Chris Garbutt on 01642 450255 or email info@teesbusiness.co.uk

To find out more about how to enter the awards or nominate someone, click here.