The region’s service companies are its lifeblood - and the best of the best are highlighted at the North East Business Awards.
The Services Award goes to the companies that can show not only excellence, but strengths in service differentiation, business growth - and innovation.
It was a family-run firm in Bishop Auckland that ticked the most boxes for last year’s judges.
J Warren ABP is an animal by-product, food waste collection and recycling business that in recent years has become something of a green waste pioneer.
The company is a majority shareholder in Emerald Biogas - an £8m food waste recycling plant which turns waste into renewable energy.
The company was responsible for the North-east’s first commercially-led plant of its kind coming on-stream in 2013.
Launched in 1986, J Warren ABP, which reported a turnover of £4.2m in 2013, has 45 employees.
It also works with the Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe, a charity which aims to improve people’s health and well being. During the past year, J Warren has reduced its customers food miles by 96% and invested in technology to make its collection processes more efficient.
In awarding the gong, the judges look to identify a service company that has achieved and exceeded quantifiable business goals while delivering a market leading service to their customers. Evidence of service excellence is a key factor.
So who will take the accolade in 2015?