The search is on for winners of top awards

WHAT is it about Teesside? The south of the region may sometimes feel it lives in the shadow of the north, but when it comes to our business awards it’s had something of a monopoly on the top prizes in recent years.

WHAT is it about Teesside? The south of the region may sometimes feel it lives in the shadow of the north, but when it comes to our business awards it’s had something of a monopoly on the top prizes in recent years.

Last year it was Bill Scott who lifted the coveted Teesside Business Executive of the Year title. And true to form, the chief executive of Wilton Group then went on to become the region’s champion of champions – the North East Business Executive of the Year.

Twelve months earlier the chief executive of pawnbrokers Ramsdens Stewart Smith enjoyed the same success.

Scott has gone on to win further acclaim since picking up the prize at the University of Teesside a year ago. In June, he was a winner in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year awards for the North, where he picked up the title for business services and products. He now goes through to the prestigious national final.

Scott was also named leading Investor Director by the Institute of Directors North East earlier this year and was named the region’s Entrepreneur of the Year by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum.

The company Scott co-founded eight years ago with his business partner Steve Glenn continues to go from strength to strength.

Employing more than 650 staff, turnover currently stands at more than £85m.

Success at the awards, which are organised by The Journal and the Evening Gazette in Middlesbrough, capped another extraordinary period of growth for the Port Clarence firm. So his successor this year has a tough act to follow.

The search is now under way for the winners of the 2012 North East Business Executive of the Year.

The awards are split into sub-regional heats – Tyneside and Northumberland, Durham and Wearside and Teesside, with the overall winner chosen from the top executives who progress through to the grand final.

In addition to the top award, there are trophies for the North East Young Business Person of the Year, who must be aged 30 or under, Non-Executive Director of the Year, which aims to recognise the vital role non-executives can play in the development of companies of all sizes, whether private, public or charitable organisations, and a Lifetime Achievement award.

Once again this year investment management firm Brewin Dolphin is the associate sponsor of the competition.

Brewin Dolphin is a large and significant business within the North East community employing more than 300 people in Newcastle and around 35 in Teesside.

This year’s awards have been launched with help from sponsors including Dickinson Dees, Newcastle University Business School and Teesside University Business School.

The judging panel, which includes last year’s winner Bill Scott, will be looking for nominations for the awards until August 24.

The prestigious awards dinner will take place on November 15 at the Gosforth Park Marriott, Newcastle.

To make a nomination, reserve a table, or for further information go to www.nebusiness.co.uk/ businessexec

You can also contact Lesley Hampson, events manager, on 0191 201 6435 for further details about the event or email lesley.hampson@trinity mirror.com

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