All ten shortlists for the third annual Tees Businesswomen Awards have now been confirmed – with Carla Keegans of The Ethical Housing Company, Jo Davies of HR Alchemy and Jane Armitage of Jacksons Law Firm in the running to be crowned Tees Businesswoman of the Year.
Organisers Tees Business received 85 entries and nominations for the awards, which will be held virtually on January 14, in association with Northern Skills Group, the training and apprenticeships arm of Middlesbrough College.
Tees Business director Dave Allan said: “Despite the most testing of years, we’ve had a fantastic response with nominations and entries flooding in from all sectors and all corners of the Tees region.
“The awards are all about celebrating the impact women are making in our region’s business community and inspiring others by creating role models from the women who get the spotlight shined on them.”
Fellow director Martin Walker said: “The shortlists were chosen by the category sponsors but no single person or company gets to choose the winners.
“The finalists in each category will now be scored by five different sponsors before the scores are returned to Tees Business. That means even the sponsors won’t know details of the category winners until they open a sealed envelope as live on January 14.”
Several individuals and companies are in the running for more than one award – with Wander Films creative director Chloe Clover up for three awards. Middlesbrough-based Wander are shortlisted for both Best New Business and Company of the Year, while Chloe herself is one of three challenging for Best Newcomer.
Laura Hepburn of recycling firm Greenology (Teesside) is also shortlisted for Best Newcomer, one of two awards she could win, having also caught the sponsors’ eye for the Breaking the Mould category.
Carla Keegans is in the running for two of the big awards of the event. The Ethical Housing Company, is shortlisted with Wander Films and Intasite for Company of the Year, while Carla is in the final three for Businesswoman of the Year. Intasite themselves are also in the last three for SME of the Year.
Amanda Gardiner’s firm, Middlesbrough-based Durham Lifting, hopes to pick up the SME of the Year gong, while Amanda herself is shortlisted for Breaking the Mould.
Recovery Advocates are one of three organisations in the running for the Charity/Voluntary award, while the charity’s Annalice Argyle is shortlisted for the Inspiring Others category.