The time to celebrate the successes of the region’s business community has come with the launch of the 2015 North East Business Awards
Organised by The Journal and The Gazette, with support from the North East Chamber of Commerce, the annual event is the largest and most prestigious of its kind within the region.
Seeking to recognise the companies that have gone the extra mile in the last 12 months – whether it’s through breaking into new markets, creating ground-breaking products or supporting their local communities – the competition begins with heats from three sub-regions: Tyneside and Northumberland, Durham and Wearside, and Teesside.
A grand final will then be held, at which the sought-after Company of the Year award will be presented.
Last year, the grand prize was won by Nixon Hire, whose managing director Graham Nixon 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.”
Overall, the 2015 awards will feature 14 categories, including the Apprenticeship Award introduced last year as The Journal launched its Proud to Back Apprenticeships campaign.
Also new this time round will be the Let’s Grow award, recognising companies that have significantly boosted everything from profits to staffing levels.
Adding to the credibility of the awards is the roll call of big names that sponsor them, with top industry professionals acting as category judges. Winning businesses will also have their successes highlighted to tens of thousands of newspaper and website readers.
Geraldine Kay, chief executive at Derwentside Homes, which has won a number of awards in recent years, said: “Winning has not only had a positive impact on company morale but has enhanced our reputation in the region. We’ve certainly benefited from the networking opportunities the awards provide to meet talented people from other companies and to learn from their success and sometimes ‘borrow’ their ideas to strengthen our own!
“These awards really do mean something. We were visited and interviewed by a judging panel and found this part of the process invaluable. It provided a great opportunity to bring to life our written entry and showcase our work.” Paul Colman, factory manager at Nobia Darlington, said: “Winning the Manufacturer of the Year title at the North East Business Awards 2014 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. A fantastic event that recognises all that is good about the North East region, I would urge any business who have developed themselves to enter.”
Entries must be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.
Awards are open to companies of all sizes and organisations with a significant presence in any of the sub-regions. The closing date for entries is 5pm on January 6, 2015. Nominations can be made online at www.nebusinessawards.co.uk