An ‘honour and a responsibility’, says new Tees Businesswoman of the Year

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Jane Armitage says it’s an honour and a responsibility to have been crowned the new Tees Businesswoman of the Year.

Jacksons Law Firm’s managing partner pipped Carla Keegans from the Ethical Housing Company and Jo Davies from HR Alchemy to the top award during the 2020 Tees Businesswomen Awards, organised by Tees Business in association with Northern Skills Group.

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“It’s a great honour, I’m very proud,” Jane told Tees Business.

“There was a lot of emotion on the night. Even though the awards were online, you could still feel the emotion.

“There wasn’t the physical contact, but you could still feel the warmth that everyone had for one another, and how much these awards mean to the people of the Tees Valley.

“There were some absolutely amazing business stories we heard during the awards. It was fantastic to hear all the success stories, especially given how it’s against the odds.

“It’s quite an emotional time as we’re living in these strange times, and when we saw Julie’s award at the end, it just showed the consequence of what we’re living through at the moment.”

Jane succeeded previous winners Sharon Lane and Claire Preston to the main award, which was sponsored by Cornerstone Business Solutions.

“It is a great responsibility,” she added. “I’ve been put into focus as a Tees businesswoman, and in that you want to inspire others.

“I want the young people coming through our business to think if I can do it, so can they, and there’s no reason they can’t.

“It’s also a responsibility to spread the word about being a woman in business in the Tees Valley.”

Jacksons Law won the Business of the Year award in the 2019 Tees Businesswomen Awards during a glitzy do in front of 460 people inside Wynyard Hall’s Grand Marquee.

Jane, pictured with Cornerstone Business Solutions director Chris Bibby, said: “As a firm Jacksons has got so much out of entering awards. It gives you a chance to think about what you’ve achieved as a business, as well as giving you an opportunity to put your company’s name out there.

“If you win or even if you’re shortlisted, it’s a really wonderful feeling for your business, and a much-needed boost.

“But if you don’t enter, then you don’t win.

“Wander Films have proved just what’s possible with their much-deserved recognition.”