The North East Business Awards is a time for celebration, with our brightest and best businesses getting the recognition they deserve. Who are the finalists?
After the regional finals for Durham and Wearside, Teesside, and Tyneside and Northumberland, the competition heats up with the grand final of the North East Business Awards at Hardwick Hall, County Durham, tonight.
There are many categories to be claimed on the night, with the main prize being Company of the Year – the title awarded to the North East’s most outstanding business. This year, the prize is hotly contested among Elddis Transport, Hertel, and Nixon Hire.
Meanwhile, two more awards recognise achievements that go beyond profits.
The Not-for-Profit Organisation of the Year Award celebrates the vital contribution these organisations play in the North East. Last year, the category winner was the Sunderland-based North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC), which offers a wide range of support services for businesses of all types and sizes.
This year, Co-wheels of Durham, Beamish Living Museum of the North, and The Cyrenians will be hoping to take top spot. The Best Creative Company recognises creativity and innovation and how it drives success. The three shortlisted candidates are Press Ahead Ltd from Sunderland, JC Atkinson from Washington, and Trend Bible from Newcastle.
But who are these companies, and how did they get to be finalists at the North East Business Awards 2014? Hover over the hotspots on the interactive picture below to get more information on each.