The first North East Accountancy Awards is gaining momentum with firms across the region signing up to sponsor and support the event.
Newcastle-based recruitment company Nigel Wright has joined forces with organiser Benchmark Communications to launch the Nigel Wright North East Accountancy Awards. They take place on June 14 at Gosforth Marriott Hotel, Newcastle, to celebrate accountancy and financial sector achievements in the region.
Nigel Wright was keen to take a lead with the awards as it believes it reflects its reputation for professionalism and detail. Mr Wright himself will judge three of the 12 awards.
Mark Simpson, head of the North- East division at Nigel Wright, said: "We are delighted to support the awards. We've been working with companies throughout the region for over 18 years so it is an excellent opportunity to for us to recognise the hard work and achievement of finance teams in these businesses."
Nominations are now open for the awards, with categories for firms, teams and individuals to be rewarded for their success.
Joining Nigel on the judging panel is Duncan Bannatyne - founder of Darlington leisure and hotel group and star of the BBC's Dragon's Den - One NorthEast chairman Margaret Fay and Journal business editor Iain Laing.
Tables for the awards ceremony are also selling fast with more than third having been already sold.
Katie Beton, project manager on the awards said: `It's great getting Nigel Wright on board, especially as it is such a well respected and acknowledged company within the North-East and further afield.
"The awards are proving to be popular through a range of companies, with both public and private sectors showing interest.
"Newcastle is such a passionate place we are excited to be encouraging and rewarding people's hard work and achievements."
Other sponsors of the awards include +catalyst, Solutions Recruitment, FTC Kaplan, BPP Professional, KPMG, Dickinson Dees and NEL Fund Managers.
For information on nominations and other sponsorship opportunities log on to www.accountancyawards.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (0191) 241-4523.