Two businesses have been honoured for their role in boosting employment and trade in Northumberland.
The Mid to Large Business Award was sponsored by Arch development, and was split into two regions, rural and south east Northumberland.
Independent Berwick-based maltster Simpsons Malt took away the prize for rural business of the year.
Managed by the fifth generation of the Simpsons family, the company remains focused on its core malting business investing in excess of £80m over the last 25 years.
The family-owned firm supplies malted barley to the brewing, distilling, and food industries and has malting plants in Northumberland, Norfolk, and Essex.
Richard Simpson said: “I am deeply honoured to accept this award. As a family business with over 150 years of roots in this community it is all the more special to be recognised locally.
“This award bears testament to the skill, dedication and loyalty demonstrated day in and day out by some 200 colleagues.”
And for south east Northumberland, world class electronics design and manufacturing business firm Opsol, were awarded the accolade.
The Cramlington firm is now in its eleventh year of trading, and in 2012 bucked the trend with over 50 per cent growth.
Managing director Malcolm Humble said: “It is terrific to have won this award, and is great that all the hard work that the employees have been doing for the past 11 years has been recognised.”
Slayley Hall, SITS Group, Ingeus, and Specsavers were also shortlisted.