Arch urging businesses to enter awards and celebrate success

Coun Dave Ledger, chairman of Arch, backing Northumberland's apprentices and supporting the county's businesses to grow.
Coun Dave Ledger, chairman of Arch, backing Northumberland's apprentices and supporting the county's businesses to grow.

Development Company Arch is urging businesses in Northumberland to celebrate their excellence.

Northumberland is home to an array of thriving national and international businesses, and Arch is calling on as many as possible to enter this year’s Northumberland Business Awards that celebrates and recognises business excellence in the county.

The awards encompass ten different categories, Best New Business, Apprentice of the Year, Employer of the Year, Best Green Business, Exporter Award, Innovation Award, Apprenticeship Ambassador, Leisure Award, Smaller Business of the Year and Business of the Year.

The winners will be announced at a special celebration dinner at Linden Hall on Thursday, November 20.

Arch, The Northumberland Development Company, supports businesses across the county with the provision of business space, start-up service for those thinking about setting up a new venture, providing financial support and supporting the young people who are of paramount importance to the county’s future.

Therefore, to showcase the real success stories of businesses who have made their home in Northumberland, this is an opportunity to showcase what we know they can do.

Arch brings together services in housing, commercial property, physical regeneration digital change, and business growth.

Peter McIntyre, Arch Group managing director, said: “I would urge all Northumberland businesses to submit applications today.

“Northumberland is progressive and enterprising and a fantastic place to do business.

“These awards help recognise the many achievements of the outstanding companies that we have in Northumberland and whose valuable work contributes to the Northumberland economy.”

Nominations for the Northumberland Business Awards 2014 must be submitted by Friday, October 31.

These can be submitted online at

The event is open to any businesses based in Northumberland, simply visit the website for further information and to submit your nominations, or alternatively, fill in the nomination form on this page and send it to the address marked on the form.

The awards are organised by Northeast Press, publishers of the News Post Leader, Morpeth Herald, Northumberland Gazette, and Tweeddale Press, publisher of the Berwick Advertiser.

A new category has been addded to this year’s Northumberland Business Awards.

​The Apprenticeship Ambassador Award seeks to acknowledge and celebrate employers’ commitment to developing their workforce through apprenticeships.

National research has shown that the majority of businesses believe that apprenticeships improve productivity and make the companies who employ them more competitive.

​Judges are looking for employers who showcase the benefits gained from their ongoing commitment to supporting the future workforce of Northumberland.

Entries to the 2014 awards must be submitted by Friday, October 31.