Deadline looms for North East Business Awards

Previous winners say publicity has boosted trade while helping promote the North East region

The North East Business awards night at Hardwick Hall, Co Durham 2014
The North East Business awards night at Hardwick Hall, Co Durham 2014 2014 Winners

High-flying firms have just three weeks left to put themselves forward for the region’s premier business awards.

Featuring 14 categories - from manufacturing to exports to digital and social media - the North East Business Awards seek to highlight the achievements of companies of all sizes that have excelled in their respective fields throughout the previous year.

As well as offering excellent networking opportunities, they provide welcome positive publicity for the winners and those shortlisted, potentially opening new doors for the businesses.

Paul Colman, factory manager for Nobia Darlington, named 2014 Manufacturer of the Year, said: “Winning has meant a great deal to Nobia.

“It has helped us to widen our networks and further showcase our factory to both local, national and international sectors within which we conduct our business. Our colleagues in Sweden are very proud of our success.

“It is fantastic for the North East that a business like Nobia is seen and celebrated.”

Describing the awards as a “fantastic event that recognises all that is good about the North East”, he urged all businesses that were working develop themselves to enter.

Organised by The Journal and its sister newspaper on Teesside The Gazette - with support from the North East Chamber of Commerce - the North East Business Awards consistently bring together a range of high profile judges and sponsors, helping add to their reputation.

For the 2015 event, the entry deadline is January 6, after which shortlists will be drawn up for three sub-regions - Tyneside & Northumberland, Durham & Wearside, and Teeside.

Awards dinners for the heats will be held throughout February and March before the final at Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield on April 23.

Graham Nixon, managing director at Nixon Hire, named Company of the Year 2014, said: “The North East Business Awards plays an important role in celebrating the positive economic developments in our region.

“Providing a platform for businesses of all sizes and from a wide range of sectors, the high profile awards present an opportunity to showcase the achievements your business works hard for.

“We remain incredibly proud of our Company of the Year 2014 win and I would strongly encourage those considering submitting an entry to do so.”

Karen Eve, manager of Stockton’s Castlegate Shopping Centre, said: “Being awarded the Heart of the Community award at the regional final of the 2014 North East Business Awards was a great recognition for our team, who strive to forge trusting inks with the local community.

“It has helped us further develop community partnerships with charities and community organisations, enabling us to reach key targets including families, the elderly, students and children.

“The awards win generated a stream of positive community messages across regional media channel; however, the most pleasing outcome was that it really put Stockton on the map and placed the spotlight on the town`s fantastic community spirit.

“This was a great win for the town and a proud moment for the shopping centre.

“I would encourage any business that works for the greater good of their community to enter.”

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