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Mr (George) Douglas Scott Chief Executive Officer, TEDCO Ltd, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear

Mr Scott, chief executive of TEDCO Ltd, has been honoured by the Queen with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise Lifetime Achievement Award.

Only one Lifetime Achievement Award is granted per year so it is a tremendous achievement.

Mr Scott, who has worked to promote enterprise at both local and national levels, is also deputy chairman of the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies and serves on the board of UK Business Incubation.

He has received the honour for his efforts promoting enterprise in economically disadvantaged areas, for developing an award winning community enterprise coaching model and encouraging enterprise within education projects in schools.

TEDCO is a leading company in enterprise development which re-invests its profit and aims to help generate prosperity in the North East. Te company was formed in 1984 and is located in South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Berwick upon Tweed.

Mr Scott joined TEDCO in 1988. From 1992, he led the development of TEDCO’s Managed Workspace department and in 1997 was appointed as Chief Executive of TEDCO. Since Mr Scott’s appointment as Chief Executive in 1997, TEDCO has expanded dramatically, developing three business centres in South Tyneside and one in Northumberland, together providing a base for over one hundred and fifty small to medium sized businesses.


With over sixty employees, TEDCO’s own national news e-letter ‘EnterpriseUpfront’ and new base in North Tyneside, TEDCO is at the forefront of modern business support.

Nominated by a board member at TEDCO, Te Queens Award is a welcome recognition of Mr Scott’s achievements;

He said: ‘I didn’t know anything about it. I understand it’s a process by nomination so I was gratified my peers nominated me. It will provide us with new contacts and new opportunities.’

In addition to his responsibilities at TEDCO Mr Scott has also been involved in consultations, feasibility studies and establishment of a variety of enterprise growth initiatives, helping to create new organisations with the intention of encouraging local business start-ups and development around the UK.

He has also published economic development papers across the country. Doug has played a role in numerous successes, including securing Local Enterprise Growth Initiative (LEGI) funding for South Tyneside, achieving Beacon status for work in the borough on Financial Inclusion and improving business start up rates.

Mr Scott’s activities have included an award winning model for community enterprise coaching, an Enterprise in Education project and creating effective partnerships to tackle the barrier between enterprise development and economic inactivity due to poverty.

Mr Timothy Allan FRSA

Former Chair, Young Enterprise Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland

Graduating from St Andrews in 1988, Mr Allan served in the British Army for 10 years, and spent 7 years in the private wealth management sector working with some of the UK’s most prominent entrepreneurs.

He is a founding director of Unicorn in 2005, an award winning Scottish property business with a commercial and residential portfolio across the UK and joined the Scotland Committee of the BIG Lottery Fund, in 2007.

With this valuable background Mr Allan decided to use his skills to help Scottish entrepreneurs in challenging circumstances and only recently retired as the Chair of Young Enterprise Scotland (YES), the leading business and enterprise education charity in Scotland.

Mr Allan’s work for YES over the last decade has been entirely voluntary, whilst holding down high profile jobs which he has used to raise finance for YES.

Whilst working at YES, Mr Allan oversaw a period of innovation and change as the charity evolved from a schools focused charity to a modern, forward facing social enterprise aiming to create a culture of enterprise amongst young people, delivering its programmes into some of the hardest to reach areas of society such as care homes and prisons. He reformed its structure to make it more adaptable to the demands of the ever-changing voluntary sector, making a huge personal commitment in preparing YES to make the greatest impact in the most demanding areas of enterprise education. Mr Allan has also been a National Council Member for Young Enterprise UK.

Mr Nicholas Bowen

Head Teacher, St Benet Biscop Catholic High School, Bedlington, Northumberland

Mr Bowen has been Head Teacher at St Benet Biscop School since 2001. His sustained commitment to the school’s delivery of enterprise education resulted in the school gaining Specialist Business and Enterprise College status in 2005. Under his leadership the school has gained a national reputation for engagement with local businesses and twice represented the North East region at the finals of the National Young Enterprise Competition.

Due to the success of these student companies in the competition, Mr Bowen set up a social enterprise - Benet Enterprises Ltd - in order to develop the initiatives further and this is proving successful as a venture based on a separate site in the town centre offering commercial services to local businesses, inspiring other schools in the area to do the same.

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