The countdown is over - the North East Business Awards final takes place tonight.
Hundreds of the region’s top business people are expected to turn out at Hardwick Hall, near Sedgefield, for the event, which celebrates the wealth of talent in firms of all sizes, spanning across a huge range of sectors.
Run by The Journal and sister paper The Evening Gazette, with support from the North East Chamber of Commerce, the awards attracted a wide range of high-quality entries this year, the cream of which took the top spots in sub-regional finals for Durham and Wearside, Tyneside and Northumberland, and Teesside.
Tonight, the ultimate winners will be chosen in categories ranging from Innovation to Best Creative Business.
This year, in the midst of the Journal’s Proud to Back Apprenticeships campaign, an apprenticeship award was also introduced to recognise companies who already place training and skills at the heart of what they do.
Competing for the coveted Company of the Year title will be Elddis Transport Ltd of Consett, Hertel of Middlesbrough and Nixon Hire of Newcastle.
Throughout the night, Journal reporters will be tweeting from the event and a live blog will be running at www.thejournal.co.uk See #nebizawards for updates or to share your thoughts.