Unsung Hero Award will be a tough category to judge, says sponsor

Pinchinthorpe Hall

With the shortlist now revealed in the Tees Tech Awards Unsung Hero category, sponsors Tees Valley Business Hub powered by the SME Centre of Excellence are thrilled with the final line-up.

This year’s Tees Tech Awards are due to be held in the Coleman Suite at Hardwick Hall on July 1.

SockMonkey Studios’ Darren Falcus and Teesside University’s Professor Zulfiqur Ali and Steve Dougan beat a stellar cast in order to make the final three of the Unsung Hero category – a new award for 2021.

“To choose the three shortlisted candidates was a very, very tough job,” said Ammar Mirza CBE, chair of the SME Centre of Excellence and co-founder of Tees Valley Business Hub (pictured above with Tees Business executive editor Martin Walker).

“We would have loved everyone to have had their moment of glory, but there can only be three finalists and we are full of praise for those who made the shortlist.

“The standard of entries really was incredibly high and we were particularly impressed to see such levels of inclusivity and diversity.

“We would like to thank all those who took time to enter and encourage those who didn’t make it this time to look to the future and carry on doing their great work.”

The Tees Valley Business Hub have seen first-hand the boom in the Tees tech sector since they extended into the region six years ago, delivering their key programmes on behalf of Digital City.

“As an organisation we have a vested interest in the Tees Valley, and in the last five or six years it has been fantastic to see growth in all sectors, but particularly in the tech sector,” said Ammar.

“We have worked with 50-60 per cent of the foremost tech companies in the region and find them to be passionate and hardworking, but also quite inwardly focused.

“The Tees The awards, and the Unsung Hero category in particular, is a great way of showcasing those who are behind the scenes, blazing a trail for the sector in our region.

“We need to reinforce that ‘we can do it’ attitude and prove that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from, as long as you have drive and ambition you can succeed.”

The Tees Tech Awards 2021, organised by Tees Business in association with Middlesbrough Digital and Digital City, are taking place on Thursday, July 1, at Hardwick Hall.

Tickets are available priced £85 per head or £800 for a table of ten, including a reception drink, a three-course meal and table wine.

To request tickets, email vicky@resolutionpublishing.co.uk.