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The region’s most inspiring females and businesses have been given top honours at our popular Inspiring Females Awards.

The awards celebrate the region’s best businesswomen who are making a difference in their field, and took place in front of nearly 400 guests at the Newcastle Civic Centre.

Award categories included Outstanding Contribution to the North East Award, Most Inspiring Employer, Apprentice of the Year and, new for 2023, One to Watch.

The coveted Business Leader of the Year award was awarded to CEO Brenda McLeish OBE DL, who has spearheaded transformative growth at Learning Curve Group.

The Inspiring Female for the large business category was won by Alison Maynard from New College Durham for her commitment to career progression routes for students, staff development and collaborative partnerships.

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