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North East business life: charity events, award wins and honour for regional business leader


Leading businesswomen from around the North have been recognised at the first Inspiring Females Awards run by the North East England Chamber of Commerce .

Channel 4 TV host Steph McGovern was named the woman who made the most Outstanding Contribution to the North East while Dr Jo North, from Port of Tyne, won the award for Inspiring Female Business Leader of the Year.

Awards also went to Ellen McCann from Ryder Architecture, Karen Marshall of Accenture, and Nicola Wood, who runs the Wonderful Wig company. Special recognition for the best female in a medium-sized business went to Amy Park of Robson Laidler while the most inspiring employer in this category was given to EMG Solicitors.

In the larger business section the award for top female was presented to Angela MacOscar from Northumbrian Water, with the water company also being named the most inspiring large employer.

The most inspiring female (global) award went to Annie Barr of the Stocksfield-based AB Health Group while the most inspiring employer (Global) was given to Seaham food manufacturer Prima Cheese.

Alix Bolton, chair of the Chamber Women’s Leadership Forum said: “One of my favourite sayings is, ‘We rise by lifting others’. The Chamber was delighted to organise these awards to do just that and celebrate the fantastic female talent all around our region who support their colleagues.”

The chief executive of Sedgefield technology firm Kromek has been given an honorary fellowship by the Institute of Physics.

Dr Arnab Basu has been recognised for “outstanding and ongoing contributions to business in the field of physics-based technological innovation, scientific advances of immeasurable significance, and commitment to the global advancement of security and our health.”

As founder and chief executive of the university spin-out, Dr Basu has grown Kromek into a global business that exports to more than 40 countries and employing in excess of 150 people.

He said: “It is a tremendous honour to receive this prestigious recognition from the Institute of Physics and a testament to the exceptional dedication and ingenuity of my team at Kromek. We are all immensely proud of the work we do and the things we have achieved in delivering innovation to make the world safer and in helping people to live longer, healthier lives.”

North East environmental and regeneration charity Groundwork South & North Tyneside has marked the retirement of two trustees who have served for the organisation’s entire 30-year history.

Solicitor Derrick Robson and accountant Mark Charlton have both been chair of the board during their tenure and have played a key role in assisting the charity to grow and affect the lives of many people in both areas.

Chief executive Andrew Watts said: “The time, commitment and specialist advice that Derrick and Mark have provided over three decades is incalculable. They have been an immense force for positive change and have enriched the lives not just of the people of the two boroughs but Groundwork staff and their fellow trustees.”

Mr Robson said: “It has been a great privilege for me to be the chair twice in the past 30 years. Having been involved in the initial discussions around the establishment of Groundwork, to being a trustee since 1991, the role has had its challenges but I have enjoyed working with superb people and partners to deliver the impact we see today.”

Mr Charlton said: “I have really enjoyed supporting Groundwork over the past 30 years. It’s a fabulous organisation that is true to its vision of changing places and changing lives. We have been involved in so many projects and while it’s easy to see the physical projects that we have implemented, it’s the social and community projects that I will remember with the most pride.”

County Durham business Learning Curve Group has raised more than £13,000 at its annual charity ball.

The event at Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield comes after the company created a charitable foundation in partnership with County Durham Community Foundation to be able to give funds to charity organisations across the North East.

Money raised at the event will go towards supporting local charities, including Lifeline Community Action, The Cornforth Partnership and Tees Valley Women’s Centre.

Learning Curve CEO Brenda McLeish said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to raise over £13,000 at our Charity Barn Dance, which will help so many people in our local area. We have been so inspired by the fantastic work that small, local charities do and the impact they have. It is so important that we continue to support these organisations to ensure they can continue to make a difference in the North East.”

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