1984: Ian Gregg, chairman, Greggs, Newcastle.
1985: Peter Cussins, chairman, Cussins Property, Newcastle.
1986: Bent Henriksen, managing director, TSL Thermal Syndicate, Wallsend.
1987: Sir John Hall, chairman, Cameron Hall Developments, Wynyard.
1988: Sir Peter Vardy, chairman, Reg Vardy, Sunderland.
1989: Bernard Robinson, managing director, Tallent Engineering, Newton Aycliffe.
1990: Ian Harris, managing director, Bonas Machine Company, Gateshead.
1991: Dr Ralph Iley, managing director, Cookson Group, Newcastle.
1992: Karl Watkin, managing director, Crabtree, Gateshead.
1993: David Goldman, chairman, Sage Group, Newcastle.
1994: Chris Thompson, managing director, Express Engineering, Gateshead.
1995: Robert Kilsby, managing director, Edwin Trisk Systems, Sunderland.
1996: Guy Readman, chairman, Tor Coatings, Birtley.
1997: Jim Johnson, managing director, Stadium Group, Hartlepool.
1998: Lorna Moran, chief executive, Northern Recruitment Group, Newcastle.
1999: Alan Robson, joint managing director, Rotrax Engineering, Middlesbrough.
2000: Alan Noble, executive deputy chairman, Northgate plc, Darlington.
2001: Mike Browne, chief executive, ScS Upholstery, Sunderland.
2002: John Sands, executive chairman, Pubmaster, Hartlepool.
2003: John Cuthbert, managing director, Northumbrian Water, Durham.
2004: Paul Walker, chief executive, Sage, Newcastle.
2005: Sir Michael Darrington, managing director, Greggs plc, Newcastle.
2006: Gordon Banham, chief executive, Hargreaves Services, Esh Winning.
2007: John Clough, chief executive, eaga, Newcastle.
2008: Tony Trapp, managing director, IHC Engineering Business, Riding Mill, Northumberland.
2009: David Harker, chief executive, Durham County Cricket Club, Durham.
2010: Stewart Smith, executive chairman and owner, Ramsdens Financial, Middlesbrough.
2011: Bill Scott, chief executive, Wilton Group, Middlesbrough.
2012: Andrew Hodgson, chief executive officer, SMD, Newcastle.
2013: Mike Matthews, European operations officer & managing director, Nifco UK, Eaglescliffe.
(The above titles were held at the time the award was received)
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