The 11th Annual North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2010

Best New Business

Jo Foster, Dillies

This Award will go to a woman who has launched a new venture with passion, enthusiasm and an unwavering desire to succeed.


The Susan Dobson Award for Entrepreneurship

Lilian Mains, Zodiac Training

This Flagship Award is given in honour of a truly remarkable entrepreneur, Susan Dobson. The Award, sponsored by The Susan Dobson Memorial Fund


Susan Routledge, Finishing Touch Health & Beauty Clinic, Lilian Mains, Zodiac Training

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Cathi Harrison, Para-Sols

Vitality, ambition and determination are important in every business. This Award is for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year, under 30 who can add talent to the equation.


Best Small Business

Angela Place, Hair X Tensions Ltd

Durham County Council are proud to sponsor this new Award which welcomes entries from all businesses with less than 50 employees.


Best Retail Business

Susan Routledge, Finishing Touch Health & Beauty Clinic

This Award welcomes entries from all retailers or franchisees trading for 2 years or more. The entrants will show a strong financial performance, store innovation and most importantly, excellent customer service


Best Creative Business

Joanna Feeley, Trend Bible

Spacecraft have chosen to sponsor Best Creative Business. This is an exciting and rapidly expanding sector where the North East has seen many new and developing creative businesses’ arise.


Best Home Based Business

Rachel Poad, Rachel Poad Interiors

Women Into the Network Ltd is delighted to be associated with this Award introduced in 2009 to recognise and celebrate the ever-increasing number of women turning towards home-based entrepreneurship.


Best use of Technology

Alison Taylor, Food Local Food

Technological innovation is the hallmark of many successful businesses – and there are few companies for whom technology isn’t essential to strong business performance.


Best Rural Business

Amynta Ward-Aldam, Tulip and Nettle

Helped by access to new technologies many rural-based women are now exploiting new business opportunities.


Best Social Enterprise

Deloris Martin, Sunderland Dance CIC

North East Social Enterprise Partnership (NESEP) are pleased to sponsor an Award which recognises women who combine strong entrepreneurial skills with a positive social mission.