North East Business Awards Tyneside and Northumberland Heat RECAP: Updates from The Marriott Hotel, Gosforth

Live updates from the Tyneside and Northumberland heat of the North East Business Awards.

The North East Business Awards

We're live from the Tyneside and Northumberland heat of the North East Business Awards. We'll be announcing the results as they happen, and reporter Coreena Ford will be updating with all the latest happenings from Gosforth

18:30
Welcome

Welcome to our live coverage of the Northumberland and Tyneside Business Awards 2015. We'll be bringing you news on all the winners as they are revealed, and updates from the Marriott Hotel, Gosforth. Stay tuned!

18:32
Preparations Under Way

Our team has been working tirelessly throughout the afternoon to get things right for this evening. Here's how The Marriott, Gosforth looked earlier, courtesy of Lesley Hampson

 

18:36
Excitement builds

Twitter was brimming with enthusiasm and support throughout the afternoon. Changing Lives were particularly excited:

18:40
Wishes of good luck

Meanwhile, finalists from other regional heats have been supporting their Tyneside/Northumberland counterparts:

18:44
Award Profile 1: the Green Award

The first award presented will be the Green Award, awarded for concerted effort and continued concentration on reducing the environmental costs of running a business. The nominees are Muckle LLP, Bari Tea Brewery and South Tyneside Homes.

18:49
All raring to go

Our woman on the ground Coreena Ford is at the Marriott, Gosforth. Looks like it's going to be a great evening:

18:53
Muckle LLP

Newcastle-based commercial law firm Muckle LLP describe themselves as “quite” good fun to work with - “after all, we are still lawyers”, admits their homepage. They are nominated for the Green Award, the Heart of the Community Award, and Company of the Year Award.

18:58
Muckle LLP

Will they? Stay tuned to find out...

19:02
Bari Tea Brewery

Bari Tea Brewery are nominated for the Green Award. Their range of loose-leaf teas and American filters is available from their premises in the heart of Alnwick's Castle Quarter.

19:04

Journal Business boss Graeme Whitfield arrives. He gets straight to the point. No niceties:

19:10
More guests arriving

The room is filling up fast, as can be seen from this tweet

19:11
South Tyneside Homes

South Tyneside Homes aim to work with partners and customers to make South Tyneside “the place people are proud to call home”. Founded in 2006, they are the third of our nominees for the Green Award.

19:12

Our MD Stuart Birkett gets proceedings underway

19:15
Opening speech

Stuart Birkett's appeal for regional solidarity impresses the audience

19:18
The decorations win a seal of approval

19:21
Opening Speech - Reactions

Labour politician David Stockdale on Stuart Birkett's opening speech

19:23
Award Profile 2: the Manfacturing Award

We'll be celebrating the North East's continued importance in the sector with our Manufacturing Award, sponsored by the University of Sunderland. Nominees are EGGER (UK), Infinite Playgrounds and Canopies and Rubb Buildings Ltd.

19:25
A quick turnaround

A couple of people have had very tight turnarounds this evening. Can anyone beat 20 minutes, we wonder?

19:29
EGGER (UK)

Manufacturing Award nominee EGGER is one of the leading manufacturers of wood-based panels in Europe. Their Hexham-based UK plant has recently benefited from large-scale investment, making it one of the most technologically advanced in Europe.

19:34
Starter served

Meal under way, and awards to be announced in due course. Food evidently so good that chief business writer Coreena Ford has temporarily neglected her reporting duties

Journalists

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