YOUNG businesswomen who have vitality, ambition and determination are being urged to enter the region’s top business awards for women.
The awards, hosted by Durham Business School’s Women Into The Network and now in their eighth year, are seeking nominations from women aged 18 to 30 who have started their own business.
The North-East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, which are sponsored by regional development agency One NorthEast and South Tyneside Council, are for women in all areas of the business community, including The Journal-sponsored best newcomer category.
Victoria Lynch, managing director of Stockton hair extension manufacturer, distributor and importer Additional Lengths, said winning the Young Woman Entrepreneur accolade “makes it all worthwhile”.
She said: “Winning awards and being recognised for your hard work and effort which is involved with running a business makes it all worthwhile.
“I use the awards I have won to the advantage of the business, by having a media page on our website so customers can see we are a professional business offering a professional service and not just another internet site.”
Sponsors of the Young Woman category are seeking nominations from those who are continually improving and developing their business.
Maunika Gowardhan, director of Newcastle-based Indian catering company Starters and Spice, was named runner-up.
She said: “In a difficult situation I just keep reminding myself why I decided to be my own boss in the first instance – the award becomes a key ‘high’ that I think of.”
The awards are aimed at small and medium-size businesses and designed to raise the profile of businesswomen in the region.
South Tyneside Council business development team leader Tasleem Baqir said: “South Tyneside is passionate about supporting new business to start-up and existing business to flourish.
“This award is to recognise the young woman entrepreneur aged between 18 and 30, and we are looking for someone who not only has an innovative idea, but who has shown the qualities of tenacity, strength of will and real vision to overcome obstacles and see their idea through from conception to reality.”
Look out for category details at nebusiness over the coming weeks.
Categories include: Young Woman Entrepreneur, Woman in Retail, Woman Social Entrepreneur, Best Cultural and Creative Business, Rural Woman Entrepreneur, Woman in Technology or Innovation and Woman in the Service Sector.
The awards will be presented at a glittering gala dinner for up to 700 guests at the Sage Gateshead on Friday, November 16.