All you need to know about the North East Business Awards

The awards are in association with NECC and sponsored by a whole host of companies and organisations. The sheer quality and the blue-chip nature of the sponsors adds to the prestige and gravitas of the awards

Paul Watson with Andrew Moffatt, chief executive of Port of Tyne, names company of the year in 2013
Paul Watson with Andrew Moffatt, chief executive of Port of Tyne, names company of the year in 2013

THE SPONSORS

The awards are in association with NECC and sponsored by a whole host of companies and organisations. The sheer quality and the blue-chip nature of the sponsors adds to the prestige and gravitas of the awards.

THE JUDGING

Each award has a separate judging panel with an appropriate chairperson, nominated by the award sponsor. The decision of each judging panel is final and, while every effort will be made to give feedback to entrants, no specific correspondence will be entered into.

THE DINNERS

Durham & Wearside - Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham - March 6th, 2014

Tyneside and Northumberland - Hilton Hotel, Gateshead - March 20th 2014

Teesside - Olympia Building, Teesside University, Middlesbrough - April 3rd 2014

Regional Final - Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield - May 1st 2014

THE CATEGORIES

Company of the Year - sponsored by Deloitte, Sunderland City Council, FW Capital & Business Durham

Newcomer of the Year Award - sponsored by Virgin Money

Small Business Award - Opportunity to sponsor

Export Award - sponsored by Port of Tyne, UK Trade & Investment

Innovation Award - sponsored by Newcastle University Business School, North East Business and Innovation Centre

Internet & ICT Award - sponsored by Teesside University

Heart of the Community Award - sponsored by Derwentside Homes

Manufacturing Award - sponsored by Business Durham, ABB Consulting, FW Capital, South West Durham Training

Services Award - sponsored by Newcastle International Airport

Low Carbon Award - sponsored by Port of Sunderland, Middlesbrough College

Apprenticeship Award - sponsored by Tees Valley Unlimited, Accenture

Best Creative Business Award (Regional Final only) - Opportunity to Sponsor

Not-for-profit organisation of The Year (regional final only) - Sponsored by Gentoo

Some of the above categories are fully sponsored however opportunities are still available for certain categories.

For more information and to become a sponsor, contact Sue Coulson, head of regional events on 0191 201 6072

Go to http://www.nebusinessawards.co.uk/ to enter

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