The single mum who set up a Hartlepool-based freight forwarding firm has described the impact of headed up by a hard-working single mum from Hartlepool scooped the Best New Business gong at the Tees Businesswomen Awards.
The Northern Skills Group-sponsored awards were held virtually by organisers Tees Business attracted an impressive 85 entries over ten categories, with Hogg Global Logistics receiving the Best New Business accolade.
The Hartlepool firm is a family-run international freight forwarder and logistics provider with over 40 years’ experience between Lyndsay Hogg and her parents and fellow directors Graham and Helen.
Lyndsay gave arguably the best reaction of the virtual event when she and her family bubble were unable to contain their whoops of joy upon hearing the good news from mayor Ben Houchen, representing category sponsors Tees Valley Combined Authority.
“Oh, my goodness, we were over the moon!” exclaimed Lyndsay, who started the company during her maternity leave in September 2019.
“To be recognised for the work we do is just so important, not just for us as a company, but for the whole of the Tees Valley region.”
Hogg Global Logistics pipped two strong finalists – Wander Films and Bentleys Coffee Shop – to scoop the award.
“Considering the amazing finalists, I honestly didn’t think we stood a chance,” admitted Lyndsay.
“When we did win, my family and I couldn’t hold back because it’s just the amazing recognition from other businesses that we have craved. My son Charlie was dancing around the living room and mum popped the champagne.”
As well as recognition for her business, Lyndsay sees the Tees Businesswomen Awards as a huge shot in the arm for all women in business across the region.
“I’m a huge girl power advocate,” she laughed. “The awards are so positive for women in Teesside and a great way of showing the next generation of girls that they can do anything – they can succeed in a so-called man’s world.”
Lyndsay will certainly be encouraging more businesswomen to enter the 2021 Tees Businesswomen Awards which will be held this year on October 28, with Wynyard Hall’s Grand Marquee already booked as normality returns following the Covid pandemic.
“I believe in paying it forward,” she admitted. “And you never know, Hogg Global may even re-enter in another category ourselves.”
We look forward to seeing your entry, Lyndsay!