Shout about your achievements, encourages Businesswomen Award-winner

Ann Stonehouse 2019 Tees Businesswomen Awards
Ann Stonehouse 2019 Tees Businesswomen Awards
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The winner of 2019’s Tees Businesswomen Lifelong Inspiration Award is encouraging her fellow Tees Valley ladies to overcome their reticence about putting themselves in the spotlight and nominate themselves in this year’s awards.

Ann Stonehouse, who was “astounded” to receive her trophy at last year’s glitzy Wynyard Grand Marquee event, was nominated by colleague Debbie McGargle for her tireless voluntary work with Assist Women’s Network. 

Given her own positive experience, she has no qualms about encouraging others to put themselves forward or nominate others for the awards, being held in association with Northern Skills Group – the training and apprenticeships arm of Middlesbrough College, on January 14.

“I’ve never been one to put myself on a pedestal or shout about what I do, but now I understand how important it is to do so,” said Ann.

“As women, we have come a long way in our battle for equality, but we are still disadvantaged due to the roles we have to juggle, so we still have a long way to go. 

“The curve is flattening and changes have been made, but we’re not there yet, so if that means shouting about our achievements via the Tees Businesswomen Awards, then let’s do it!”

With the November 27 deadline for nominations fast approaching, there’s no time to lose.

“Women need to bite the bullet and just get those entries and nominations in,“ said Ann. 

As a way of helping those who may be unsure of what to write in a nomination, Ann and the team at Assist Women’s Network set up a Zoom workshop called Award Winning Stuff.

“I’m really proud of the online workshop,” says Ann who has seen Assist expand and flourish in the years since she won her award.

“We had guest speakers including Billie Jenkins of PNE, Lou Tonner of Wander Films and Tees Businesswomen events manager Julie Burniston. 

“With the sole aim of helping women big themselves up, we aimed to give them the confidence to enter the awards themselves, as well as practical tips on form filling. It will be incredibly empowering and will hopefully we will get some entrants and introduce the region to some more incredible women.”

For further information on sponsoring the remaining Charity/Voluntary category in the Tees Businesswomen Awards 2020, contact Chris Garbutt on 01642 450255 or email

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