Six reasons why companies should enter the North East Business Awards

Previous winners explain how awards help them in terms of prestige, morale and getting ahead

The North East Business awards night at Hardwick Hall, Co Durham 2014
The North East Business awards night at Hardwick Hall, Co Durham 2014

The time has come to celebrate region’s best businesses at the North East Business Awards.

The awards, organised by The Journal and our sister paper on Teesside The Gazette, with support from the North East Chamber of Commerce, are the largest and most prestigious event of its kind in the North East.

The awards - which have 14 different categories for different sectors and other business activities - recognises companies of all sizes and sectors that have gone the extra mile in the last 12 months.

Here are six good reasons to enter now:

1. It’s a chance to show off

Has your company achieved great things this year? Entering the awards shows customers and stakeholders - not to mention the entire North-east business world - that you are justifiably proud of its successes.

2. There is a category that will allow your organisation to shine

Are you a startup that’s just burst on to the scene, or have you made excellent progress in exporting this year? Are you a champion of apprenticeships - or a pillar of the local community? With accolades from Best Newcomer and Small Business to Manufacturing, Heart of the Community, Apprenticeships, and many more, there is a category for your organisation.

And if you’ve entered, or even won an award in past years, there’s no reason why you can’t do so again.

3. The prestige

Now in their fourth decade, the annual North East Business Awards are well regarded across not only the regional business world, but UK-wide. Only the cream of the region’s talent makes it through to the hotly-contested finals - and a win is a clear third-party endorsement of how great your company is.

4. It can help you get ahead in business

Paul Colman, factory manager for Nobia Darlington, said: “Winning the Manufacturer of the year title at the North East Business Awards has meant a great deal to Nobia. It has helped us to widen our networks and further showcase our factory to both local, national and international sectors.”

5. Excellent networking

With three sub-regional heats for Northumberland and Tyneside, Durham and Wearside, and Teesside, plus the glittering Regional Final on April 23 at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield, the events are also an excellent opportunity to network with other companies in the North East. More than 600 people attended the regional final last year.

6. It’s easy to enter

Just visit to find out everything you need to know, and your business could soon be taking centre stage.


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