Banks Group takes Pride in supporting annual awards

Katie Perkin, communications manager at north east property and energy firm the Banks Group, lead sponsor of the 2013 Pride of Northumberland Awards, has written this piece in the run-up to this year’s event.

Northumberland is an extremely special, vibrant and diverse place.

The combination of its captivating hills and valleys, ancient historic landmarks, stunning sandy beaches, attractive market towns and modern visitor destinations makes Northumberland a truly unique place.

As one of the county’s leading employers, and a business that has worked in the area for more than three decades, we know first hand just how special Northumberland and her residents are, which is why we were pleased to sign up as the lead sponsor for the 2013 Pride of Northumberland Awards, which celebrate the extraordinary achievements of ordinary people from right across the county.

Banks has made its own substantial contributions to the improvement of Northumberland’s community facilities over many years, with around almost £1m having been donated through the Banks Community Fund to projects and amenities in the communities around our developments in the county over the last decade alone.

We were also behind the creation of the unique Northumberlandia landform park at Cramlington next to our Shotton surface coal mine, which we developed with the Blagdon Estate and has quickly become one of the county’s leading recreational sites and visitor attractions.

We are hoping to add even more landmark facilities to the county as part of the Highthorn surface mine plans that we recently announced.

The Pride of Northumberland Awards encompass ten different categories, and cover achievements by both individuals and groups, as well as by people of all ages, and we’re really pleased with both the number and quality of entries that have been received so far.

However, we’re certain that there are even more unsung heroes out there whose stories deserve to be told, and would encourage as many people as possible to put nominations forward for any individual or organisation they think deserves wider recognition.

Categories range from student of the year, fund-raiser of the year and sporting achievement through to community champion, green champion and role model.

Young people are also being honoured through the child of achievement and child of courage awards, with awards for the community group of the year and safer community categories completing the list.

The winners will be announced at a special celebration dinner at Linden Hall near Longhorsley on Thursday, September 12, and we are looking forward to recognising the achievements of ordinary people across the county.

The deadline for award entries is August 16.

Anyone wanting more information on them, or to make a nomination for any category should either visit or fill in the form below.

Write your nomination and the reason for it and send the form to Dawn Owens, 17 Newgate Street, Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 1AW.

You can also email your nomination directly to