The team behind Tees Business – sister publication to Aycliffe Business – plan to build on the successful launch of the Wear Businesswomen Awards, their first awards away from the Tees region.
Middlesbrough-based Resolution Media and Publishing, who publish Tees Business, specialise in business awards events including the Tees Business Awards, Tees Tech Awards, Best New Tees Business Awards and VelociTees.
Resolution recently delivered the sixth annual Tees Businesswomen Awards – and October’s Wear Businesswomen Awards, held at the Stadium of Light, was the firm’s first foray beyond its Teesside boundaries.
Delivered through Resolution’s Wear Business brand – the sister publication of Tees Business for the Sunderland and Durham region – the Wear Businesswomen Awards 2023 saw 240 guests celebrate 27 finalists and 10 winners on a night of joy and emotion.
Headline sponsor was the University of Sunderland, while category sponsors were Sunderland Business School, Sunderland City Council, Hays Travel, Sunderland College, County Durham Community Foundation, Jacksons Law Firm, K2 Construction Management and the MAC Trust.
Resolution directors Martin Walker, owner of Aycliffe Business, and Dave Allan were “cock-a-hoop” with the breakthrough awards – and promise there will be more to follow.
“We’ve held no fewer than 14 awards events over the past few years but, until now, all of them have been Tees-based,” said Dave.
“Having established the Wear Business brand, we were keen to imitate the success of the Tees Businesswomen Awards in the Sunderland region.
“With the support of our consultant editor Rob Lawson and his vast range of contacts in the region, we were thrilled our inaugural Wear Businesswomen Awards were such a success, with highly credible finalists and winners celebrated in a room that represented a Who’s Who of the Wear region.”
Fellow director Martin added that the challenge now was to build on the inaugural awards to make it an annual event.
“There was huge positivity in the room and we’re already planning for the Wear Businesswomen Awards 2024.
“But we also have more exciting news to announce with at least one more awards venture outside of Teesside to follow in 2024.”
PR guru Louise Bradford was crowned Wear Businesswoman of the Year, while her business Creo Communications lifted the Small Business of the Year title at the inaugural awards.
Hays Travel boss Dame Irene Hays was recognised with a Lifelong Inspiration award, while Oculus HR were made Business of the Year and there was another ‘double’ for Helen Charteris and her recruitment firm Alexander Jackson.
Click here to see a full round-up from the awards night.