North East Business Awards Durham and Wearside Heat RECAP: Updates from the Ramside Hall Hotel, County Durham

Live updates from the Durham and Wearside heat of the North East Business Awards

The Journal and Gazette North East Business Awards at Ramside Hall, Durham. Ski Sunday presenter Graham Bell entertains during dinner

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!

Set-up under way

Our events team has been working hard throughout the day to get the room in tip-top shape.

Here's how it looked earlier in the afternoon:

...and here's what it looks like now

Didn't Events do a fantastic job?


Award Profile: Newcomer of the Year Award, sponsored by Virgin Money

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

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

Messages of good luck

Lots of good luck messages for various companies pouring in on Twitter. Here's one from MacTech wishing everyone attending the best:

Durham Distillery

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.

Fashion choices

Lynch Healthcare's David Lynch is sporting a rather fetching orange bow tie. Has anyone else come in company colours, we wonder?


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.

Guests arrive

The room is filling up fast, as noted by our man on the ground Tom Keighley

Award Profile: the Green Award, sponsored by the Banks Group

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.


Journal Business editor Graeme Whitfield arrives. He'll be providing in-depth analysis and thought provoking commentary throughout the night:

Opening speech

NCJ Media boss Stuart Birkett is onstage and making a rallying call to all Durham and Wearside businesses

Opening speech continued

He's also talking about some impressive recent Let's Grow wins. More on those stories very soon:

Durham Constabulary

Durham Constabulary are nominated for the Green Award. They serve Durham, Darlington and the surrounding areas.

Groundwork NE and Cumbria

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.

Fashion choices

The Parsons Containers team think they're looking dapper. We do too:

Award Profile: the Manufacturing Award, sponsored by Trinity Mirror plc

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.

As you do...


No official ones through yet, but @BeanieAllen just tweeted this. We're a fan of the silhouettes and the lovely orangey lighting


David Whetstone
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Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
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