The third annual Tees Businesswomen Awards are set to go ahead as planned next week, despite the latest Covid restrictions.
The 2020 awards will be held online and streamed as live from 7pm on Thursday, January 14, with 10 main awards up for grabs.
Crafter’s Companion founder and Dragons’ Den star Sara Davies will be the ‘keynote speaker’ for the virtual bash.
But the event will now be hosted by Northern Power Woman Caroline Theobald CBE (pictured above), after original host Shiulie Ghosh, the Teesside-born news presenter who’s now based in Hertfordshire, had to postpone due to the new Covid lockdown.
Caroline is co-founder and chair of FIRST Face to Face, responsible for events, developing networks, fundraising and supporters.
The company is the successor to Bridge Club, which Caroline established in 2000 to connect early-stage growth entrepreneurs to money, management and new markets.
A passionate advocate of gender equality and responsible/ethical business and a founding director of The North East Initiative on Business Ethics (NIBE), Caroline is also the chair of the advisory board at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University and is an associate of Teesside University Business School.
Her international interests are covered through her role as Trustee of Newcastles of the World and honorary consul for Sweden and chair of the North East Chapter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce.
“I’m looking forward to being the MC for the third Tees Businesswomen Awards,” said Caroline.
“It will be a real privilege to introduce the viewers to these inspirational business leaders. Everyone on this year’s shortlists are and will be such strong role models for young women and girls across the region.”
Organisers Tees Business received 85 entries across all 10 categories, with category sponsors shortlisting the entries to three per category.
Each award was then marked by five different sponsors, with the results being revealed on the night.
Filming for the shortlist video features was completed by Middlesbrough-based Wander Films just before Christmas, and the event itself will be delivered online with the help of Darlington-based Recognition PR, who helped to deliver the inaugural Tees Tech Awards last August.
Co-organiser Martin Walker said: “It’s even more important, now more than ever before, to promote and celebrate all our success stories, as well as celebrating the female business role models in the Tees region.
“January will be a tough month for businesses, but the Tees Businesswomen Awards will hopefully provide some much-needed celebration, inspiration and optimism for the year ahead.”
The 2020 Tees Businesswomen Awards will be streamed on Tees Business’s YouTube channel from 7pm on Thursday, January 14.