How to foster a new breed in commerce

THE search continues to find the leading lights in the region’s business community with the North-East Business Executive of the Year Awards 2007.

THE search continues to find the leading lights in the region’s business community with the North-East Business Executive of the Year Awards 2007. This week the awards, run by The Journal in association with the Evening Gazette on Teesside, are looking for young people making an impression.

There is a separate trophy for the North-East Young Business Person of the Year, who must be 30 or under on Thursday, November 1. Last year’s Young Person was Tarek Nseir, founder and managing director of Newcastle creative agency Th_nk.

As well as the young executive award, there will also be an executive of the year named for each sub-region who will go on to compete for the title of North-East Business Executive of the Year 2007.

Judges will reward excellence shown by executives from any sector, whose success is seen through published results and who show promise of even greater things. The awards have the backing of major sponsors including Dickinson Dees, Royal Bank of Scotland, Teesside University Business School, Newcastle University Business School, Knight Frank and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

NEWCASTLE University Business School is pleased to be supporting the region’s young entrepreneurs for the fourth year running, by sponsoring the Young Business Person of the Year category of the North-East Business Executive of the Year Awards 2007.

Encouraging the development of a new breed of young entrepreneurs who can increase the success of the regional economy is one of our key aims.

Our successful relocation earlier this year to our new Citywall building has been an important development for the school, providing our MBA and enterprise-based students with excellent executive facilities and support in a prime city centre location. As sponsors of this award we are delighted to encourage the many young entrepreneurs who have worked hard to achieve the highest levels of professionalism and excellence in their business ventures.

Last year’s winner, Tarek Nseir, is an excellent example of the high calibre of talent to be found in this region.

His brand technology company TH_NK, which only recently celebrated its fifth birthday, has increased its number of employees from four in 2002 to almost 60 today, while 2007 turnover is expected almost to double to £4m.

The Business School will again be offering a further accolade to the winner of the Young Business Person of the Year – a prize named after one of the region’s most notable entrepreneurs, David Goldman, who, as co-founder of Sage, did so much to shape the region’s current economic growth. The David Goldman prize will be awarded to the winner of the Young Business Person of the Year at the Business School’s Goldman Lecture on November 8.

The School is also delighted that Fiona Cruickshank, managing director of the award-winning pharmaceutical company The Specials Laboratory, has accepted our invitation to join us as the new David Goldman visiting professor of business innovation.

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Business Editor
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