Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 13.35.53ACHIEVEMENTS of the region’s top female business leaders have been celebrated at the 16th annual North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Owner of the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of bean-filled furniture Jayne Dolder of Cramlington-based The Bazaar Group scooped the top honour with the prestigious Susan Dobson Award for Entrepreneurship.

Held during a glittering awards ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle’s Stephenson Quarter, judges scored candidates based on providing clear leadership abilities whilst either running or playing key roles in the North East business scene.

A record breaking number of entries came forward from a variety of sectors, with categories including best creative award, best home based business, best service award and STEM award.

Overall winner Jayne Dolder, who also won the best creative award category, said: “I was astounded to be shortlisted not only in one but two categories, so that in itself was a great achievement, but to have walked away with both awards including the prestigious title of North East Female Entrepreneur of the Year is just a dream come true. It is an honour for me but also to my fabulous team who have helped make the business a success.”

Event organiser Nickie Gott, who chairs the North East Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Advisory Board, WIN Ltd, and is the founder of events management company She’s Gott It! said: “Congratulations to all winners who are proving to be successful role models and such an inspiration to the next generation of female talent in our region. Learning from peers is vital for female business owners with growth aspirations and all winners will do just that, inspire and encourage others.

“Jayne Dolder is the latest in a long line of acclaimed female entrepreneurs to win the Susan Dobson memorial Award.

“Her outstanding success in creating and growing her business and her vision, enthusiasm and leadership skills really made her stand out as this year’s winner.”

NECC director of policy Ross Smith said: “I am delighted that the NECC is so closely involved with the WIN Awards. These awards are a clear demonstration and celebration of the great accomplishments of so many individual women and it is very special that we come together to celebrate their endeavours.”

The winners

Best Creative Award

Sponsor: NL Productions

Jayne Dolder,

The Bazaar Group – Northumberland

Best Home Based Business

Sponsor: WIN Ltd

Margaret Manchester

Durham Hens Limited – Durham

Best New Business

Sponsor: NECC

Kelly Bentham and Helen Godfrey

Amber North East- Durham

Best Service Award

Sponsor: WIN Ltd

Fran Mulhall

GFW Letting – Newcastle upon Tyne

Best Small Business

Sponsor: Tees Valley Unlimited

Angela Sterling

Lingotot – Durham

Best Use Of Innovation

Sponsor: Newcastle College

Laura Leigh Wayman

Child’s Play Private Nursery – Newcastle upon Tyne

Heart Of The Community

Sponsor: The Sage Group

Paula Gascoigne

Smile For Life Children’s Charity

Leadership Award

Sponsor: WIN Ltd

Holly Armstrong

George F. White  – Northumberland

STEM Award

Sponsor: Business Durham

Ruth Plummer

Clinical Professor of Experimental Cancer medicine

Newcastle University (Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre) – Newcastle upon Tyne

The Susan Dobson Award For Entrepreneurship

Jayne Dolder

The Bazaar Group, Cramlington Northumberland

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsor: Natwest

Lyndsey Johnson

LJ Retail Group – Durham

Best Apprenticeship Award

Sponsor: Accenture

Victoria English

Caterpillar Peterlee

Runners Up 

STEM Award

Giselle Stewart

Ubisoft Reflections Limited – Newcastle upon Tyne

Best Small Business

Margaret Manchester

Durham Hens Limited – Durham

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