Don’t miss last chance to win nebusiness award

THERE are only hours left for firms to show what makes them stand out from the competition and enter the running to win one of more than 30 titles up for grabs in the nebusiness awards 2009.

The winners line up for a final photocall at last year's prestigious event. More than 30 prizes are up for grabs this year

THERE are only hours left for firms to show what makes them stand out from the competition and enter the running to win one of more than 30 titles up for grabs in the nebusiness awards 2009.

The awards – organised by The Journal and Evening Gazette in association with Business Link – are a brilliant way for companies to shout about their business and celebrate their success.

The deadline for entries for the awards is 5pm today.

Our new online entry forms are quick to complete so there is plenty of time to send in your company’s details and be in with a chance of winning this year.

David Simms, managing director of ncjMedia, said: “With world, national and regional economies that are less than buoyant, it would be too easy to diminish the significance of the nebusiness awards this year.

“But it is actually more important than ever that we continue to provide a platform for North East businesses to showcase their strengths and achievements.

“The nebusiness awards for 2009 will once again prove that there are hundreds of businesses across the region doing great things, achieving impressive results and demonstrating world-class qualities, despite the global credit crunch.”

Hundreds of companies have already come forward to show their strength, ambition and innovation in the hope of winning one of the trophies in the region’s biggest and best business awards.

And there is certainly a chance for businesses of any type to shine. There are prizes to suit firms of every size and type and we welcome entries from across the region from Teesside to Cumbria to the Scottish border.

And, as ever, the coveted Company of the Year Award will look at a firm’s achievements over a wide range of criteria to find a model business.

The 2009 winners will toast their successes at a black-tie award presentation dinner at Hardwick Hall near Sedgefield, County Durham, at the end of April, one of the biggest dates in the region’s business calendar.

More than 800 members of the business community, stretching from Berwick in the North, Cumbria to the West and Teesside to the South of the region, will be at the event.

The publicity associated with winning – or even being shortlisted – for a nebusiness award is widely considered to be a fantastic opportunity for boosting the profile of a business among its peers and its customers.

Staff morale also receives a shot in the arm through association with their company’s widely-reported success and the pride and recognition they have contributed towards it.

More than 2,000 business people will toast their achievements at the three dinners marking the sub- regional heats, which were introduced in 2001, and the final black tie event.

In addition to the prestigious final, the three sub-regional dinners will also be marked with newspaper and online reporting, presenting firms with yet another opportunity to tell the North East what they are doing right.

The awards have attracted around 1,700 entries since 2001 and more than 100 of the region’s top business people have stepped up to the plate to act as judges, ensuring the right companies receive the recognition they deserve.

Alastair MacColl, chief executive of Business & Enterprise North East, which delivers the Business Link service in the region, stressed the importance of the nebusiness awards.

He said: “It is vital that the region’s businesses recognise the many opportunities presented by the awards and take the opportunity to show the rest of the UK that the North East business community is still thriving and set to emerge strongly from the current downturn.

“As previous awards have reinforced, there is a wealth of talent here that we should all be proud of.”



Companies and organisations can enter a maximum of three categories. The entry deadline for the Not-for- Profit Award and Creative Business Award is February 15.

Nominations can be made online at Queries can be answered by Kirsty Tarn, events manager, ncjMedia Ltd, Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED.

Tel 0191 201 6072 or email


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