1. Kari OwersKari Owers, Chief Executive OPR Award: Award: The Susan Dobson Award for Entrepreneurship. Sponsored by The Susan Dobson Memorial Fund, 2012

    Winning the Susan Dobson Award has been a massive milestone for my business, and for me personally. In an industry that's often overlooked, I've been able to be an ambassador for the importance of PR in the growth and success of the businesses we work with. It's put PR firmly on the map in this region as a serious and fast-growing business discipline. After eight years growing a business to be proud of it was a delight to be nominated as North East woman entrepreneur of the year, especially by one of my own staff. It has given me a fresh new impetus to not only grow my business further but to support other women and encourage them to be as successful as they can be. I would urge any woman in business to nominate themselves or someone they know for one of the many WIN Award categories, it’s a great event to be part of and the benefits of being shortlisted or winning are great for your company and profile.

  2. Kay GouldKay Gould, Curtains Made For Free Award: Best New Business, Sponsored by WIN Ltd, 2012

    Curtains Made For Free Limited has grown over the past year, when we won the award for ‘Best New Business’, I was based at home withone member of staff – the business is now based from a well-equipped workshop/unit with office space and has 6 members of staff. Our online presence is growing fast and each month continues to exceed the previous month in terms of turnover. The award itself is giving customer’s confidence that they are dealing with a reputable company, striving and achieving success – an extremely valuable asset in online trading

  3. Danielle DunnDanielle Dunn, DDCA Award: Best Use of Technology, Sponsored by NETPark, 2012

    It was one we wanted! Winning the Best Use of Technology Award reaffirmed that we are at the forefront of digital marketing in the North East. The award is the result of years of hard work for the whole team and we are all very proud to be winners! Having invested heavily in technology and training we look forward to what the future has in store. It's nice to get a pat on the back from the North East business community. Thank you to everyone!

  4. Kanchan Chadda, KC Mode Ltd Award: Best Retail Business, Sponsored by Barbour, 2012

  5. Gill SouthernGill Southern, Wessington Cryogenics Ltd Award: Best Woman in International Business, Sponsored by UKTI, 2012

    Wessington Cryogenics Limited turnover has continued to grow over the last year since I was fortunate enough to win ‘the Best Woman In International Business award”, with both the development of exciting new products and entry into new markets. Managing an international business through expansion and growth can be very challenging and all consuming and the award itself gave me a chance to step aside from the day to day operations for a moment and celebrate with all the ladies at Wessington who have played such a huge part in achieving what we have done on our journey so far. Any recognition like this is makes such a difference to staff morale, corporate pride and instils customer confidence.

  6. Jules QuinnJules Quinn, The Teashed Award: Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Sponsored by WIN Ltd, 2012

    I am so proud have won the WIN Award for Entrepreneur of the year 2012 and the title continues to be a fantastic asset to The *TeaShed. There are so many amazing women out there doing their business whilst still having families and I think it is so important to recognise the strength and dedication that women in business have in order to cope with the pressure. Girl power!!

  7. Paula GascoignePaula Gascoigne, Smile For Life Children’s Charity Award: The Key Woman Award, Sponsored by Darlington Building Society, 2012

    To win the 2012 ‘Key Woman Award’ was overwhelming; having attended the awards event on many occasions, never in a million years did I ever expect to be on stage as a winner!! Not only did it give me a fantastic confidence boost, the award also gave us an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of our charity, thus raising much needed additional support for our work! Very often when you work alone it’s hard to celebrate achievements and reaffirm the difference you are making within your organisation, something I used to take for granted when working in a large company. The celebration at the awards evening made up for this ten- fold; to know that your peers, many of whom are incredibly successful, have understood and appreciated the work you are doing, is amazing! Thank you so much for this honour and thank you also from so many disabled children you have enabled us to support since November!

  8. Sarah PittendrighSarah Pittendrigh, Simply Bows & Chair Covers Award: Best Small Business, Sponsored by WIN Ltd, 2012

    I was thrilled to win Best Small Business in the North East Woman Entrepreneur Awards 2012. The North East boasts some exceptional Female Entrepreneurs and it was an honour to be amongst them at the Awards Ceremony, to win the award was the “Bow on the Chair Cover”!

  9. Judith MathiasJudith Mathias, Home Scents Ltd Award: Best Creative Business, Sponsored by Spacecraft Events, 2012

    Winning the Best Creative Business award in 2012 was a real thrill on the night. When my name was read out as the winner, it took a few seconds to sink in. Then my table began applauding and I made a quick dash to get that lovely piece of glass ware before someone had a change of mind. We all had a great evening and the award was the Royal icing on the perfect Dundee cake. Winning has enabled us to shout about it on the web site and in our newsletters and via Social Media, thus raising the profile of our company locally and nationally.

  10. Liz Prudhoe, Adapt (North East) Award: Best Social Enterprise, Sponsored by NESEP, 2012

  11. Nicola CookNicola Cook, Aurora Training Award: Best Home-Based Business, Sponsored by WIN Ltd

    Nicola Cook @nicolacook, Founder of Aurora Consulting and CoDirector of Company Shortcuts (www.companyshortcuts.com) Receiving his award not only fulfilled a personal ambition of mine, it was fantastic to receive the endorsement from my fellow female entrepreneurs and peers whom I respect. Winning has accelerated new strategic business opportunities for Aurora, not least the partnership with Company Shortcuts in London which has enabled us to continue to scale our product and service offering to a wider audience and allows us to accelerate our growth and ambition.

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