Stretch your spring! That’s the message to the region’s females and female-inspired businesses from headline sponsors Northern Skills Group as they are encouraged to enter the Tees Businesswomen Awards.
The call comes from Zoe Lewis, principal and CEO of Middlesbrough College, with their training and apprenticeship arm, Northern Skills Group, sponsoring the prestigious event for a third successive year.
With the awards going from strength to strength, Zoe sees the group’s ongoing support as a vital way of increasing the profile of the region’s businesswomen and to open doors for the next generation.
With the 2020 awards being held as a virtual event on January 14 2021, Northern Skills Group see this development as a way to increase attendance and have an even greater impact than before.
“Anything that helps raise the profile of anyone who is underrepresented is a good thing,” said Zoe, pictured with Martin Walker and Dave Allan, directors of organisers and Tees Business owners Resolution Media and Publishing.
“The Businesswomen Awards have had, and continue to have, a huge impact. On the back of them, we’ve seen more women get into the annual Tees Business top 30 most inspiring business leaders poll than ever before.”
Thanks to the unique networking opportunities which the awards offer and the connections made by those involved with them, Zoe sees the event as the perfect way for women to boost their confidence and open doors.
“It’s about exposing yourself to new experiences,” she said. “If I go into a school, a business or a charity, I always learn something new.
“The more people you speak to who are doing something different to yourself, the more I see it as ‘stretching your spring’.
“Over time you stretch your spring and, though it goes back, it doesn’t go back as far. Keep taking yourself outside your comfort zone, keep stretching that spring to learn and develop.
“That’s where I think the Businesswomen Awards come into their own. They expose more women to networking opportunities, allow them to make connections and to hear what other businesses are doing, which is then helping them develop their own careers.”
The thought of appearing ‘big-headed’ is often cited by women as a reason not to put themselves forward for the awards – but Zoe has little time for such thinking.
“It really mustn’t stop them,” she insisted. “The benefits that women will reap from being part of the event are huge. From being nominated or lucky enough to win, it’s all a great experience.”
Even the act of writing achievements down in an entry has benefits, she believes
“It can help you reflect on your career – and that in itself can give you your next career direction.
“I would certainly encourage people to apply and, perhaps more importantly, to nominate people they know who are worthy.”
For further information on sponsoring the remaining Charity/Voluntary category in the Tees Businesswomen Awards, contact Chris Garbutt on 01642 450255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for entries and nominations is November 27. To find out more about how to enter the awards or to nominate someone else, click here https://teesbusiness.co.uk/businesswoman-of-the-year-sponsored-by-teesside-university-2019/
To read what we’re looking for in potential winners, click here: https://teesbusiness.co.uk/what-were-looking-for