Awards essential to inspire next generation, say sponsors

Katie Woods-Ruddick of PX Group with Dave Allen. Picture by Tom Banks

The Tees Businesswomen Awards are an “essential tool” for showing the next generation of female business leaders just how far it’s possible to go, says one of the event’s key sponsors.

Stockton-based px Group, who are sponsoring the Training and Apprenticeships category for a third year in succession, provide innovative operations management, engineering services and energy management solutions to partners in high hazard, highly regulated industries.

Human resource director Katie Woods-Ruddick says the firm has been impressed with the authenticity of the awards from the start.

“For us, it’s all about keeping it real,” says Katie, pictured above with Tees Business executive editor Dave Allan.

“We got involved from the inception of the awards as part of an awareness to showcase the contribution of women in our male-dominated industry and to highlight the roles available to them.

“The awards have helped in getting this message across in a human way.”

Though in that first year Katie didn’t know what to expect, she was struck by just how truly authentic the awards were and reamain.

“The winners have all been humble about their achievements,” she says.

“The awards are certainly not a show-off or a preachy event. They are a wonderful story-telling exercise where women who are passionate and who have worked hard have reaped success, and an essential tool for showing the next generation of women and girls just how far it is possible to go.”

As the awards evolve and grow, Katie continues to be impressed by the level of entries and the achievements of the winners.

“In particular, I was blown away by Professor Jane Tuner who won an Outstanding Contribution Award last year,” she says.

“Despite challenges, Jane just gets on with things and she is so inspiring. She makes all of us sit up and say ‘Yes, let’s get involved!’”

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

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