GAMES developer Double Eleven was a big winner at Teesside’s Best New Business Awards.
Middlesbrough Based Double Eleven beat off strong competition from fellow business start-ups to scoop the Best New Business Award, having already won in the Creative Industries category earlier in the evening.
Winning the awards meant Double Eleven scooped £1,500 in prize money, a welcome boost at a critical time.
Set up by local independent financial advisor Colin Brown, the awards recognise the many successful new businesses that set up and thrive in the region.
Other winners on the night included BCT Aspire, who won the Community Award; Innov8 Disposal, who took the Environmental Award; Turbo Connect, winners of the Manufacturing Award; Anson Corporate Media, who won the Marketing Award; Effigy Salon, winners of the Retail Award; School House Recruitment, who took the Service Award and Home Fuels Directwho won the Young Entrepreneur Award.
The awards, now in their twelfth year, are jointly promoted by Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU) and Colin Brown IFA as well as Teesside University and PD Ports.
Colin said: “It’s not easy setting up a successful business in these challenging times so what all the entrants have achieved is to be loudly applauded.”
Double Eleven, based at Middlesbrough’s Digital City, was founded by software engineers, Lee Hutchinson and Matt Shepcar in 2010 and has since experienced rapid growth.
The company, a technology-led games development studio, has a rich history of working on some award-winning titles.
Lee, CEO of Double Eleven said: “The recognition that comes with receiving this award is fantastic and demonstrates that the risks we took were worthwhile. In 18 months Double Eleven has grown from its origins in a small loft room to a well-managed business employing 40 of the right people
This year’s category sponsors were:
Retail – Stockton Borough Council
Service – Middlesbrough Council
Manufacturing – North East Chamber of Commerce
Creative Industries – Institute of Digital Innovation
Community – Five Lamps Organisation
Marketing – Chartered Institute of Marketing (Ken Atkins)
Young entrepreneur – UK Steel Enterprise
Environmental – Industry Nature Conservation Association
Overall winner – Colin Brown of Lighthouse FA and Tees Valley Unlimited