We're live from the Durham and Wearside heat of the North East Business Awards, and will be announcing the results here in real time. We'll also be providing photos and reports from our team at the Ramside Hall Hotel and featuring your tweets and opininions throughout the evening.
Thanks for joining us on our live blog for the Durham and Wearside Business Awards. We'll be bringing you all the action as it happens and filling you in on all the evening's awards and prizewinners. Stay tuned!
Awarded to the new company judged to have made most of a splash in the Durham and Wearside business community. The nominees are Chameleon Vocational Training Ltd, Durham Distillery and Redu
Chameleon Vocational Training Ltd is a vocational training and qualifications for automotive industry personnel. Based in Washington, they provide learning and support services throughout the North East, and are our first Newcomer of the Year Award nominee
Lots of good luck messages for various companies pouring in on Twitter. Here's one from MacTech wishing everyone attending the best:
Good luck to all those attending the #NEbizawards tonight, we look forward to seeing who joins us in the finals for export next month— Mactech E&I (@MactechEI) March 12, 2015
Durham Distillery is a small-batch craft distillery. The company makes spirits using traditional methods from their base in an old colliery, three miles outside of the city centre. They are nominated for the Newcomer of the Year Award.
Our final Newcomer of the Year Award nominee is Redu, an agency which offers online marketing services to online retail businesses. It was founded in March 2014 and is headquartered in the Spectrum Business Park in Seaham, County Durham.
The second award presented will be the Green Award, awarded for concerted effort on reducing the environmental costs of running a business. The nominees are Durham Constabulary and Groundwork NE & Cumbria.
He's also talking about some impressive recent Let's Grow wins. More on those stories very soon:
NCJ Media head honcho Stuart Birkett is now on stage and talking about Let's Grow wins that will feature in the Journal soon #nebizawards— Tom Keighley (@_TomKeighley) March 12, 2015
Durham Constabulary are nominated for the Green Award. They serve Durham, Darlington and the surrounding areas.
Groundwork NE and Cumbria has thirty years' experience in creating eco-friendly community projects, helping people gain skills and job prospects whilst making their neighbourhood greener and more sustainable. They are our final Green Award nominee.
We'll be celebrating the North East's continued importance in the sector with our Manufacturing Award. The nominees are Encore Envelopes Ltd, Haskell Europe Ltd and Parsons Containers Ltd.