Last few days for entries to the North East Business Awards

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Companies wanting to enter the North East Business Awards have until the end of this week to get in their nominations.

The awards have been celebrating the best of the region’s business scene for more than 20 years, offering companies large and small recognition for great work. Awards are given out in three areas - Northumberland & Tyneside; Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside; and Teesside - before the overall winners are declared at a grand final on October 3 at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield.

Entries - which are free and can be made using a simple online form - are open until Friday. More details are available at

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Journal editor Graeme Whitfield said: “I know how much winning, or even being nominated, can mean for companies in terms of boosting their reputations and profiles, and for raising staff morale. I hope as many companies as possible enter the awards so we can really highlight our great companies to the widest possible audience.

“The awards themselves are always a great night and I look forward to seeing as many of this region’s great companies as possible to celebrate their work.”

Hardwick Hall once again hosted the final
Hardwick Hall once again hosted the final -Credit:Newcastle Chronicle

The awards are headline partnered by Sage, with support from Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and Newcastle University.

The award categories are:

Best Place To Work: recognising a business with a focus on developing talent through training, apprenticeships, work experience, diversity and inclusion, career progression and opening opportunities to all.

Business Person of the Year: for a business owner or leader who has had a major impact on their firm’s success, which may also be delivering benefits to other people, such as employees or the community.

Environment, Social & Governance Award: highlighting a business making a positive impact on the environment and society through its products and services, business practices, sustainability or support for communities.

Export & Global Impact Award: recognising a business that is trading with the world in a successful, innovative way, showing how firms large or small can play their part in Global Britain.

Growth Award: to recognise a business that has taken tangible steps to increase its scale and impact.

Innovation Award: celebrating inventive thinking, product or system development and creativity in business.

Made in the North East Award: recognising excellence in manufacturing and production in the North East.

Rising Star: for a young person in business, aged 25 or under who is having a positive impact beyond their age and experience.

Small Business of the Year: to celebrate a small business, with 50 employees or less, that combines commercial success with other elements of the awards, such as customer service, social impact, innovation and developing talent.

Start-up Award: this award will go to a business that has been launched within the last two years.

Business of the Year: for a business that has performed exceptionally across a range of measures. The winning entry should show strong commercial performance, innovation and good business practices.