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A winning evening


Amy and I (Sarah) got dolled up to the nines on Saturday evening to spend our night with the North East’s leading females in business.

Photograph by Bill Allon

Photograph by Bill Allon

The North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards is an annual ceremony, designed to recognise and praise the talented and accomplished female entrepreneurs in our region.

I’d consider myself a feminist, so I jumped at the chance to witness some incredibly inspirational women receive their well-deserved accolades. (They also told me there would be champagne – so, quite frankly, I couldn’t resist.)

As sponsors of the event, Harvey & Hugo has had the opportunity of interacting with many of the previous winners, who all speak so highly of the awards, and the recognition it brought to their business.

The event is a great way to build your profile and your brand, and I personally was introduced to entrepreneurs with a wide range of fascinating business projects, so it’s also a fantastic networking opportunity.

I saw a few familiar faces, including representatives from the NECC, Evolution LLP, and Tees Valley Unlimited and it was a wonderful and fun atmosphere to be involved in.

Despite wanting all the women to win for being so blooming fabulous, there were only limited awards to be handed out. We were so pleased to learn that a client of ours, Rachel Charlton, won Best Rural Business for her business Dessert Heaven. The champagne definitely went down a treat!

It’s interesting, whenever the subject of an award ceremony wholly dedicated to the successes of women gets brought up in conversation, there can be mixed opinions surrounding it.

But Nickie Gott, chairwoman of the awards, settled it for me when she explained that in other award ceremonies, often women can quite simply get overlooked.

So I think it is important to give the ladies of the North East the recognition they deserve for their incredible talent, hard work and commitment.

What was pleasant, but unsurprising, was the turnout of men at the awards. It was wonderful to see support coming from all directions, and it made it clear to me just how much of a great business community we have in the North East, and long may it continue.

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Winners below:

 

Best Retail Business

Winner: Kirsty Giblin, The Pudding Parlour

Runner up: Jacqui Corney, Boudoir Lingerie

 

Best Creative Business (sponsored by The R&B Group)

Winner: Maccine Hall, Designs Unique

Runner up: Samantha Davidson, Horizonworks

 

The Key Woman Award (sponsored by AkzoNobel)

Winner: Kate Culverhouse, Groundworks NE and Cumbria

Runner up: Lynden cook, One Awards

 

Best Use of Technology (Business Durham)

Winner: Gillian Frary, Car 2 U Ltd

Runner up: Jill Rowe, Digitalab

 

Going Places Award (sponsored by UKTI)

Winner: Kay Gould, Curtains Made For Free Ltd

 

Best Small Business (sponsored by Tees Valley Business Compass)

Winner: Kay Gould, Curtains Made For Free Ltd

Runner up: Sarah Pittendrigh, Simply Bows and Chair Covers

 

Best New Business (sponsored by NECC)

Winner: Jo York, Reframed TV

Runner up: Kirsty Giblin, The Pudding Parlour

 

Best Social Enterprise (sponsored by AkzoNobel)

Winner: Nora Taylor, Lamesley Childcare

Runner up: Bethany Ainsley, Nouveau Dance and Fitness

 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by Northumbria University)

Winner: Alice Blackie, Pink Boutique Ltd

Runner up: Laura Leigh Wayman, Childs Play Private Nursery

 

Best Home-based Business (sponsored by WIN Ltd)

Winner: Angela Sterling, Lingotot

Runner up: Maccine Hall, Designs Unique

 

The Susan Dobson Award for Entrepreneurship (sponsored by The Susan Dobson Memorial Fund)

Winner: Judith Moran, Learning Curve Group

Runner up: Kate Culverhouse, Groundwork NE and Cumbria

 

 

 

 

 

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