As it happened: North East Business Awards 2014 - Tyneside & Northumberland Final

The North East Business Awards 2014 - Tyneside & Northumberland Final took place at The Hilton Hotel, Gateshead . Replay our live coverage from the event

The Teesside subregional final of the North East Business Awards takes place tonight
The Tyneside & Northumberland Final subregional final of the North East Business Awards takes place tonight

Welcome to our coverage of the North East Business Awards 2014 - Tyneside & Northumberland Final. If you're at the event, tweet us using the hashtag #nebizawards - we'd love to see your pics!

19.00

Good evening! Welcome to our live coverage of the North East Business Awards 2014 - Tyneside & Northumberland Final at The Hilton Hotel, Gateshead . We will bringing you all the latest news from the event as well as announcing the winners.

Good to luck to all the finalists!

19.05

After weeks of judging nominations from outstanding companies from around the region, the finalists of this year’s North East Business Awards have been selected.

Organised by the The Journal and its sister paper Teesside’s Evening Gazette, the annual event, held in association with the North East Chamber of Commerce, aims to highlight the inspiring work of businesses, small, large and somewhere in between throughout the past 12 months.

Judges from the sponsor companies have once again had a difficult task in selecting the best from hundreds of entries before drawing up an impressive list of finalists.

The competition begins with heats to find the foremost businesses from the three sub-regions of the North East, with prizes going to finalists in each category for Tyneside and Northumberland, Durham and Wearside, and Teesside, before the regional grand final that will reveal the best of the best.

This year, there are 99 finalists in 11 award categories, covering a wide range of sectors, and amply demonstrating the now well-documented growth of the North East economy at long last.

19.10

In tonight's sub-regional heat for Tyneside and Northumberland the following businesses have been shortlisted in the following eleven catergories:

Company of the Year, sponsored by Deloitte

  • AAF
  • Nixon Hire
  • Vertu Motors

Small Business Award, sponsored by Bernicia

  • The Bazaar Group
  • Chirton Engineering
  • Solar Capture Technology 

Export Award, sponsored by Port of Tyne

  • Global Manufacturing Solutions
  • Mactech Engineering and Inspection
  • SMD

Innovation Award, sponsored by Northstar Ventures

  • Bestpricepurchase Ltd
  • Eutechnyx
  • Tier One Capital

Internet & ICT Award

  • The Bazaar Group
  • Designer Desirables
  • Pink Boutique Ltd

Newcomer of the Year, sponsored by Virgin Money

  • Collingwood Legal
  • Kykloud Ltd
  • Pink Boutique Ltd

Heart of the Community Award

  • Ignite 100
  • Muckle LLP
  • North East Procurement (NEP)

Low Carbon, Corporate Responsibility & Environment Award

  • Advanced Renewable Power
  • Nestle
  • South Tyneside Homes

Manufacturing Award, sponsored by FW Capital

  • Astley
  • Chirton Engineering
  • Rettig UK

Apprenticeship Award

  • Ford
  • Houghton International
  • North East Procurement (NEP)

Services Award, sponsored by Newcastle International Airport

  • Activ
  • PII Pipeline Solutions
  • Vic Young
19.13

Our business reporter Robert Gibson tweeted earlier that there were wonderful views over the Tyne at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead - definitely a splendid venue for tonight's celebrations .

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19.17

Kim Inglis is hosting tonight's event and  Brian Aitken, Editor, of The Journal will be giving the Welcome Address before dinner begins.

19.20

It's good to see someone is enjoying the start of the North East Business Awards 2014 - Tyneside & Northumberland Final

19.30

The opening to the North East Business Awards 2014 - Tyneside & Northumberland Final has definitely made an impression on the guests and finalists

Good luck to all the finalists.

19.35

Here is a sneak peek at the set-up of the North East Business Awards 2014 - Tyneside & Northumberland Final at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead

19.47

After having their starters, guests are now listening to Stephanie McGovern, Business reporter for BBC Breakfast, who is the guest speaker this evening.

20.06

The guests are now sitting down to dinner, which gives them the opportunity to to network and relax before the awards ceremony starts at about 9.15pm.

Good luck to all the finalists again.

20.15

Stephanie McGovern has made an impression with her speech at tonight's North East Business Awards 2014 - Tyneside & Northumberland Final

20.26

Finalists and guests are definitely having a good time this evening - let's hope it continues

20.58

The awards ceremony should be starting shortly. The first award is the Services Award, sponsored by Newcastle International Airport and the following businesses have been shortlisted:

  • Activ
  • PII Pipeline Solutions
  • Vic Young (South Shields) LTD
21.12

Stephanie McGovern has definitely been the highlight of the evening so far - but the awards are coming soon.

21.35

The awards ceremony has begun, good luck to all the finalists. First announcement is the winner of the Service Award, sponsored by Newcastle International Airport.

21.42

Congratulations to PII Pipeline Solutions the winners of the Service Award

21.43

Next is the Small Business Award sponsored by Bernicia and the following businesses have been shortlisted:

  • The Bazaar Group
  • Chirton Engineering
  • Solar Capture Technology
21.49

Congratulations to The Bazaar Group for winning the Small Business Award.

21.51

The third award is the Heart of the Community award, sponsored by The Arch Group and the following businesses have been shortlisted:

  • Ignite 100
  • Muckle LLP
  • North East Procurement
21.53

Congratulations to Muckle LLP for winning the Heart of the Community Award

            

Replay our coverage of the Durham & Wearside subregional final HERE

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer