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
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!
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
Twitter was brimming with enthusiasm and support throughout the afternoon. Changing Lives were particularly excited:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A couple of people have had very tight turnarounds this evening. Can anyone beat 20 minutes, we wonder?
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.
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
Top starter. Smoked salmon mousseline and citrus caviar. No pic I'm afraid - scoffed it too quick :/ #NEBizAwards— Coreena Ford (@Scoopford) February 26, 2015