STOKESLEY’S Analox Sensor Technology is one of four North East businesses among the finalists in the National Business Awards.
The firm – which designs and manufactures gas analysers for military and commercial use – has been named in a group of 12 in the Santander Small to Medium Sized Business Category which recognises its commitment to innovation.
Bishop Auckland’s craft essentials business Crafter’s Companion has also been selected in this category.
Other North East firms include Port of Blyth, which is a finalist in the Health, Work and Well-being Award for Small Business, and 3i Private Business of the Year finalist Ioko in York, which builds IT platforms for the telecommunications, media and entertainment sectors.
Philip Forrest, chairman of judges for the National Business Awards, said: “The economic climate continues to present UK businesses with an unprecedented challenge and it is therefore encouraging that the entries in this year’s National Business Awards have shown no drop in quality or performance.
"Congratulations to all finalists for demonstrating great strength in the ability to adapt and innovate quickly which no doubt reflects the resilience and optimism that are the hallmarks of UK enterprise.”
Finalists will make a presentation before an independent judging panel later this year and winners will be unveiled at a ceremony in London on November 9.