It is time to recognise and celebrate business excellence in the county as nominations for the Northumberland Business Awards 2013 officially open.
And NBSL – Northumberland’s enterprise agency – is proud to be sponsoring the awards for the sixth year.
NBSL chief executive Phil Langton said: “Last year produced finalists that demonstrated Northumberland’s entrepreneurs continue to be creative and innovative in their approach to product and service design, both in local and regional markets as well as internationally.
“The standard of entrant was extremely high last year and I am hoping the ‘bar will be raised again’ this year.
“The Northumberland Business 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.
“I’m pleased to say, that NBSL is still seeing a consistent demand for services – to help people think through their business ideas, develop business skills and develop their business plans.
“This year I am pleased to announce that Northumberland is now benefiting from new funding that targets individuals and businesses in deeper rural communities access start up and business support advice and funding.”
Categories for this year include best business start-up, keep it local, training award, entrepreneur of the year, employer of the year, green business of the year, export award, apprenticeship ambassador, and large and small business of the year.
Northeast Press managing director Stephen Plews said: “As we begin to see more evidence that the upturn is materialising, it is great to be able to recognise businesses that are thriving in what are still challenging economic conditions.
“We are delighted to be organising the award ceremony once again.
“We want to fly the flag for Northumberland companies which are bucking the trend and proving that this is a great place to be in business.
“It is fantastic to be able to get together to celebrate the outstanding companies that we have in Northumberland.”
*Nominations for the Northumberland Business Awards 2013 must be submitted by Thursday, October 31.
These can either be submitted online at www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk
Sponsors for the various categories are also being sought.
Any companies interested should contact Northeast Press advertising manager Dawn Owens on (01670) 516066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominations should be sent to Dawn Owens, Morpeth Herald, 17 Newgate Street, Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 1AW.
The awards evening takes place on Thursday, November 14, at Linden Hall.