More than 700 guests will gather tonight to learn which companies have won the North East Business Awards.
The glittering black tie dinner, where the area winners from the Tees Valley, Durham and Wearside, and Tyneside and Northumberland, will be competing for regional honours, is being held at Hardwick Hall, near Sedgefield.
Those in the running are:
Company of the Year: Avecia Biologics, Billingham, Hargreaves Services, Esh Winning, Newcastle College.
Small business: Cleveland Biotech, Stockton, Crafters Companion, Coundon, Insite Environmental, Newcastle.
Business in Community: Johnson Matthey Catalysts, Billingham, Esh Group, Bowburn, Port of Tyne.
Export: Analox Sensor Technology, Stokesley, Aquajoy Bathlifts, Consett, Multichem, Hexham.
Internet and ICT: YooNoo, Stokesley, North East Sheet and Metals, Consett, Tyne and Wear museums.
Innovation: YooNoo, Stokesley, Durham Scientific Crystals, Sedgefield, Seven Stories, the centre for children's books, Newcastle.
Environment: BP Cats Terminal, Seal Sands, Nissan, Sunderland, Pfizer, Morpeth.
Learning, Training and Skills: PD Teesport, Tates Security Services, Langley Park, Statexcolourprint, Newcastle.
Technology: Centre for Process Innovation, Wilton, Bison Bede, Consett, Jade Integration, Newcastle.
Services: Faithful and Gould, Thornaby, Sunderland Housing Group, Watson Burton, Newcastle.
Manufacturing: Roman, Newton Aycliffe, Tanfield Group, Stanley, Elfab, North Shields.
The accolades are organised by the Evening Gazette and its sister paper The Journal in Newcastle.