An organisation devoted to helping fledgling businesses succeed has praised the work of a Teesside University employee.
Eileen Wicks, the university’s graduate enterprise manager, has been presented with an award by UK Business Incubation (UKBI).
UKBI is the membership association of organisations and professionals actively involved in enterprise, innovation and sustainable economic growth.
The award for Outstanding Contribution to Business Incubation was presented to Wicks in recognition of her work managing Teesside University’s business incubators.
In her nine years in the role, she has helped hundreds of business start-ups and has transformed the University’s business incubation service from simply offering accommodation and equipment to a holistic support network with industry-specific mentoring and advice.
Her efforts have ensured that survival rates for businesses supported by the university are in the top five nationally and, to date, the incubator has helped to create 268 new businesses and 451 jobs.
Wicks said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have received this award, it’s a real honour to have been recognised.
“However, it really is due to the fantastic team I have at graduate enterprise – we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without them.
“It also reflects the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of the businesses themselves.”
Kieron Broadbent, the membership manager of UKBI visited the university to present Wicks with a glass plaque to commemorate her achievement.
He said: “We’re very pleased to present this award for Outstanding Contribution to Business Incubation to Eileen.
“It recognises the hard work done by her and her team to support small and growing businesses in the Teesside area.”