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Finalists for inaugural County Durham & Darlington women in business awards ANNOUNCED

A group of businesses have come together with County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT) Charity, to create the inaugural ‘Celebrating Women in Business’ awards taking place at Hallgarth Hotel & Golf Club on May 4th, 202, and the finalists have been announced!


The event will be compered by local voiceover artist Emma Hignett, the voice of London’s buses and the brand new Elizabeth Line. The awards has a headline sponsor, Linthorpe Pharmacy and the evening will incorporate a fashion show from House of Zana founder, Amber Kotrri, with special guest speaker Charlotte Staerck, founder of The Handbag Clinic.


The judging panel, made up of Dame Dela Smith DBE DL, Sarah Bentley CEO Morrison’s Trust and Ruth Lowbridge MBE Chair of SFEDI Group, met to review the entries before submitting their choices.


The finalists:

Rising Star, sponsored by Fresh Digital

Amelia Macmillan   Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College
Andrea Graham   Uniform Supplies Ltd
Izzy Hubbert   St John’s College
Future Leader, sponsored by BTS Facades & Fabrications

·        Beth Reid   The Cornforth Partnership

Hannah Malik   Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College
Jess Fairley   Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College
Newcomer of the Year, sponsored by Contractor Match

Donna Sandall     Donna Sandall Family Law
Katharine Matthews   The Absolute Word
Impact in the Community, sponsored by High Life North

Debbie Iceton Five Acres Community Garden CIC
Sarah Rose Skerne Park Community Partnership
Catherine Evans        The Cornforth Partnership
Innovation in Sustainability, sponsored by Darlington Business Club

Marcia Atkinson BTS Facades and Fabrication
Sarah Jane Eco Salon
Hidden Hero, sponsored by Resilient Business Systems

Helen Smaldon Orca Cleaning Services Ltd
Maria Perek Clive Owen LLP
Paige Williams AAA Caring Caretaker Ltd
Inspirational Female Leader, sponsored by Utility Warehouse

Alison McCree     Synchronicity Care Limited
Alison Stephenson    AAA Caring Caretaker Ltd
Beryl Hankin     Guru’s Boutique
Margaret Bradshaw    Red Button Marketing & Training Limited
Marion Marsland     Thermal Insulation Contractors Association (TICA)
Sarah Jackson     EMG Solicitors
Sue Jacques     County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
Tracey Tyler     Focus Mental Health
Pat Chambers, charity development manager at CDDFT Charity said: “We are lucky to be supported by so many businesses across Darlington and County Durham and, after speaking with them we realized that there was a gap in the market for an awards event celebrating women in our area – competition has been tough and we’re excited to see who comes out on top.


“This year is the 75th birthday of the NHS, so we’re particularly grateful to be working with Darlington Business Club and their local business connections, who are helping to bring the awards to life. All proceeds are being donated to CDDFT Charity, to help enhance patient and community care across the Trust’s extensive geographical area.”


The event is being held at Hallgarth Hotel & Golf Club with arrival drink and canapes, a two course meal, fashion show, key note speakers and of course – the awards themselves! On arrival, attendees will be able to peruse stalls from local independent businesses, all being coordinated by Amber Kotrri.


The organising committee is made up of CDDFT Charity, Hallgarth Hotel & Golf Club, Darlington Business Club, Peachy Digital, Amber Kotrri and Resilient Business Systems.


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