BUSINESSESS from across Northumberland came together last night to celebrate their successes over the past year, at the prestigious Northumberland Business Awards 2012.
Following on from the success of previous ceremonies at Linden Hall in Longhorsley, near Morpeth, once again employers and entrepreneurs were rewarded for their achievements in business across a range of activities.
The awards, organised by Northeast Press, are now in their fifth year, and recognise businesses across a range of activities.
Dozens of entries from around the county were received for the ever-growing competition, and the judges faced a difficult task in selecting the winners.
Businesses from across the region battled it out for prizes in 12 categories including best business start-up, using local suppliers, training, entrepreneurship, business in the community, technology, environmental awareness, export, apprenticeships, and tourism.
The Tourism award was a new category that was added into the awards this year, which was picked up by Close House Hotel.
Northeast Press managing director Stuart Birkett said: “Now in their fifth year, these awards are firmly established as a vital part of Northumberland’s business calendar.
“Despite challenging times, Northumberland has had a great year – a great Olympic year, in fact.
“There have been some brilliant business success stories this year, and businesses of all types and sizes have put in some great performances and given us no shortage of excellent entries for thiese awards.
“The standard of entries is such that this years judging was harder than ever.”
Organisations threw their support behind the event, including Banks Group, Northumberland County Council, Bernicia, Northumberland College, Quantum Elite, McDonald Hotels, Spacecraft, Port of Blyth and Arch Development Group, and the main sponsor of the night was once again Northumberland Business Service Limited (Ltd).
Chief executive officer Phil Langton said: “This is a very important time to recognise and promote the achievements of our private sector local businesses and the impact they are having on the Northumberland economy.
“We are again delighted to be the major sponsor for the fifth year.
“These awards not only celebrate the achievements and successes of our local businesses, they are also a window through which people in the region and further afield can see that Northumberland is a great place from which to start and grow a business.”
The awards ceremony included a drinks reception, three course meal, as well as a charity raffle, the proceeds of which will be donated to Newbiggin Lifeboat Charity.
Business start up: Facet Solutions
Keep it local: The Alnwick Food Festival
Training: Azea Training
Business in the community: Castle Mania
Entrepreneur: Judith Mathias
Technology: Tour ISM.co.uk
Green Business: hot Bin Composting
Apprenticeship Ambassador: Fantasy Print
Tourism Award: Close House Hotel
Small business: Longmere Consultants
Large businesse: Tynetec Ltd
Outstanding Contribution: Giles Ingram