Thirty of the Tees region’s most talented under-30s feature in the new issue of Tees Business including one who overcame agoraphobia to launch her own business and another helping to deliver £8bn-worth of next generation submarines.
The winter issue of Tees Business is now available to read online ahead of the print version being distributed across the region over the forthcoming days and weeks.
Dave Allan, one of two executive editors of Tees Business with Martin Walker, said: “Despite all the challenges that 2020 has thrown at us, our latest issue is a great barometer that shows that our region’s businesses are not only surviving but in many cases thriving.
“We achieved record sales with our last issue and nearly did it again this time, despite putting the magazine together in the middle of the second national lockdown.
“That’s great credit to our team – especially sales manager Chris Garbutt – but also shows that local businesses remain both defiant and confident in the face of Covid, ongoing restrictions and Brexit too.”
The special feature, 30 under 30, focuses on many of the 20-somethings ripping it up in the world of business across the region – including young business owners and rising stars in major local firms.
The list includes Teri Ellington, 24, whose struggles with mental health issues at school resulted in her suffering from agoraphobia, a condition that left her crippled with anxiety and terrified to leave her own home. She used her last £80 to set up Ellington Timepiece from her Ingleby Barwick bedroom and now uses her high-quality watch brand to raise awareness of mental health.
Another featured in the list is 29-year-old Andrew Cowley of Stokesley firm Applied Integration, who leads a 25-strong software team delivering the engine test facility for £8bn-worth of next generation submarines.
With shortlists now being named for the next Tees Businesswomen Awards, the cover feature focuses on Tees Components MD Sharon Lane, the reigning Tees Businesswoman of the Year.
Speaking to writer Peter Barron MBE, she recalls her first holiday job at the family firm as a 13-year-old, saying: “I helped out in the stores or accounts, made tea in the canteen, did lots of sweeping and was even taught to drive the dumper truck!”
The voice of business in the Tees region, the magazine also features a Who’s Who of leading local businesses and organisations including AV Dawson, Teesside University, PD Ports, Darlington Building Sociiety, Active Chartered Financial Planners, Punch Robson Solicitors, Teesside International Airport, Baines Jewitt Chartered Accounts, Education Training Collective, Group Industrial and Cornerstone Business Solutions.
And newcomers to Tees Business include Champion Tutor, Cocoon and Bauer, Salt Steel Brewery, Infinity Finance, iStation, Johnson Partners, Nixon Safety, Pinchinthorpe Hall and Steel River Drinks.