North East Business Awards 2015: All you need to know

How to enter the North East Business Awards, 2015, plus where and when ceremonies will be held

The North East Business awards night at Hardwick Hall, Co Durham. Drinks reception

The awards are in association with NECC and sponsored by a whole host of companies and organisations. The sheer quality and the blue-chip nature of the sponsors adds to the prestige and gravitas of the awards.

For more information and to become a sponsor, contact Sue Coulson, head of regional events, on 0191 201 6072.

Each award has a separate judging panel with an appropriate chairperson, nominated by the award sponsor. The decision of each judging panel is final and, while every effort will be made to give feedback to entrants, no specific correspondence will be entered into.

Tyneside & Northumberland Business Awards – February 26 at the Marriott Hotel, Gosforth.

Durham & Wearside Business Awards – March 12 at Ramside Hall, Durham.

Teesside Business Awards – March 26 at the Olympia Building, Teesside University.

North East Business Awards Regional Final – April 23 at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield.

Company of the Year – sponsored by Deloitte and Sunderland City Council.

Small Business Award – sponsored by Bernicia, FWCapital and University of Sunderland.

Export Award – sponsored by UKTI and Port of Sunderland.

Innovation Award – sponsored by Newcastle University Business School.

Digital and Social Media Award – sponsored by Sintons Law Firm and Teesside University.

Newcomer of the Year Award – sponsored by Virgin Money.

Heart of the Community Award – sponsored by Derwentside Homes and Alex Smiles Ltd.

Green Award – Opportunity to Sponsor.

Manufacturing Award – sponsored by University of Sunderland, ABB Consulting and Business Durham.

Apprenticeship Award – sponsored by Esh Group and Tees Valley Unlimited.

Let’s Grow Award – sponsored by FW Capital, University of Sunderland and Newcastle International Airport.

Services Award – sponsored by Npower and Middlesbrough College.

Not-for-profit Organisation of the Year (Regional Final Only) – sponsored by Gentoo.

Best Creative Business (Regional Final Only) – Opportunity to Sponsor.

Some of the above categories are fully sponsored, however, opportunities are still available for certain categories.

Companies and organisations can enter a maximum of three separate categories. Entries must relate to activity during 2014.

Do you know of a company who deserves an award? Please let us know about them and get in touch with us.

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

Queries can be answered by Sue Coulson, head of regional events, ncjMedia Ltd, Groat Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1ED. Call 0191 201 6072 or email


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