The search is on to find the bright sparks around the region who are providing a boost to the economy in this year’s North East Business Executive of the Year Awards.
And prospective candidates need look no further than previous winners of the Young Business Person of the Year award who all serve as role models for this year’s contenders.
Identified as ones to watch when they took the prestigious prize, all of our winners have continued on their path to success.
Last year’s winner was Jules Quinn, who set up The Teashed, a design-led tea, teaware and homeware company based at the Northern Design Centre in Gateshead, fresh out of Northumbria University at the age of 22.
Her design-led range is available online and is stocked by Fenwick, as well as other shops including John Lewis, Moonpig and the V&A, and she is now exploring the next step in the business after reaching a wider market through her recent three-month concession within Fenwick in Newcastle.
The in-store concession was completed last month, comfortably surpassing the set sales targets.
The winner for 2011 was Brett Jacobson, managing director of Mediaworks, which has been on a rapid growth spurt since its inception in 2007.
Within three years, Jacobson had grown the firm from an online marketing agency of just two employees, to a burgeoning hub of creativity headquartered in Gateshead, employing in excess of 40 people, counting Eversheds, Akzo Nobel and Van Mildert as clients.
Entrepreneur Darren Williams impressed judges to win in 2010 – one of a clutch of trophies he has collected since setting up his hair extension retail business – Harland Corporation – in Seaham eight years ago.
The Young Business Person of the Year award forms just one part of the North East Business Executive of the Year Awards, run by The Journal in association with the Evening Gazette on Teesside.
The closely-watched North East awards recognise great role models of the business world who have led their companies to fresh achievements over the previous 12 months, sometimes in the face of adversity.
The awards will seek the top executives from the three sub-regions of the North East – Tyneside and Northumberland, Durham and Wearside and Teesside – who will then go on to compete for the title of North East Business Executive of the Year 2013, with a separate trophy for the North East Young Business Person of the Year, who must be aged 30 or under on September 1, and a Lifetime Achievement award and a Non-Executive Director of the Year award.
The trophies will be presented at a gala dinner to be held on November 14, at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park.
The North East Business Executive of the Year Awards are open to all sectors and will reward business excellence. The judges will be look for someone with an impressive track record of achievement in turnover, profitability, reinvestment, job creation, sales growth and potential.
To make a nomination, reserve a table or find out more, see www.thejournal.co.uk/businessexec . Regular updates can be found on Twitter, using the hash tag #businessexec
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