Tees Businesswomen Awards vital for exposure, says industry leader

The upcoming Tees Businesswomen Awards are a much-needed morale boost in these trying times, says Wander Films director Chloe Clover.

“There are stories out there that deserve and need to be told,” stressed the creative director of Middlesbrough-based Wander Films in discussion with Tees Business executive editor Dave Allan on a recent PD Ports-sponsored Tees Business Leaders Live Q&A.

“The Businesswomen Awards are incredibly inspirational and they really do make a difference,” said Chloe, whose firm was a finalist in the Best New Business category in last year’s awards. “They show that women can do it, that there’s a space for us and things are changing.”

Though the 2020 Awards will be held virtually on January 14 due to the ongoing Covid crisis, Chloe doesn’t feel this diminishes from their significance.

“I love the fact that they are going virtual,“ she said.

“Of course I’m sad that we won’t be in the same room because there’s a feeling you get when you’re connected to people in the same space that you can’t recreate online.

“However, being virtual will open the awards up and that’s a huge opportunity. You can reach potentially hundreds of people – students, schoolgirls, the next generation of businesswomen – and it will be an event that everyone can be a part of.”

Despite narrowly missing out in last year’s Tees Businesswomen Awards, Chloe is the proud holder of the Tees Tech Award for Rising Star.

“One of the biggest reasons that we put Wander forward for awards is that it’s recognition for the team and all the hard work everyone does,” she says.

“They are appreciation from someone else for all the really cool things you have achieved. Whether it’s regional or industry-led, an award is something to be positive about and to get a buzz from. Especially now with everything that is going on in the world, having something to celebrate is so necessary.”

Chloe gives fellow director Lou Tonner the credit for Wander’s award-winning entries.

“Lou has quite a knack,” laughed Chloe. “Entering awards doesn’t take long but the benefits are huge. Exposure, positive PR, a morale boost. It’s 100 per cent worth it even if you don’t win because being part of that moment as you progress is super cool.”

Having followed or been involved with the Businesswomen Awards since their inception in 2018, Chloe is vocal about their importance to Wander Films and to herself as a woman.

“I remember watching the awards the first year and seeing Claire Preston win Businesswoman of the Year,” she recalls. “I thought ‘Damn! Claire and these women are really doing it, they’re incredible, I want to do that!’

“I wanted to be up there and learning from these women. Those first awards were so inspirational and at the time I couldn’t imagine that Wander would be shortlisted for an award the very next year.”

Thanks to that nomination, Wander have an enviable network of contacts which continue to lead to swift business growth.

“Meeting people at the awards helped us no end,” said Chloe. “There are so many women who we look up to and who we have learned from. I can honestly say we wouldn’t be where we are now if we hadn’t met them at that time.”

For further information on sponsoring the remaining Charity/Voluntary category in the Tees Businesswomen Awards 2020 call Chris Garbutt on 01642 450255 or email info@teesbusiness.co.uk

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