Businesses from across Northumberland came together last night to celebrate their successes over the past year as part of the prestigious Northumberland Business Awards.
The awards, organised by Northeast Press, are now in their sixth year and recognise businesses across a range of disciplines.
The ceremony was held at Linden Hall, Longhorsley, near Morpeth, on Thursday, November 14, where employers and entrepreneurs came together to be recognised and rewarded for their business achievements.
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.
Categories included best business start-up, training award, entrepreneur of the year, green business of the year, export award, mid to large and micro/small business of the year, which were split into rural and south east Northumberland, and apprenticeship ambassador.
A new category added to the mix for this year was the Social Enterprise award, which was picked up by Bedlington-based firm Leading Link.
Assistant managing director Linda Burnside said: “We have received outstanding entries from professionals involved across the entire spectrum of the business community.
“Our thanks to these professional across the length and breadth of our region, and to our main sponsor NBSL, as without their support, none of this would be possible.”
Organisations threw their support behind the event, including Banks Group, Northumberland College, the Northumberland Development Company Arch, and the main sponsor for the night was once again Northumberland Business Service Limited (NBSL).
Andy Dean, rural growth network programme manager, said “We are very proud to be sponsoring the business awards for the sixth year.
“The business awards are a window through which people in the region and further afield can see that Northumberland is a fantastic place in 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 Ashington’s Mark Robinson who is fundraising for hearing dogs for the deaf and the AFE Foundation, in memory of his wife.
Business start up: Questuav Ltd
Social enterprise: Leading Link
Training: The All in One Company
Green Business: Bespoke Concrete Products Ltd
Export: Baric Systems
Apprenticeship Ambassador: Clifton Engineering
Entreprenuer of the year: Duncan Fisher - Newton Hall
Micro/Small business: Rural: First4Websites
Micro/Small business: SEN: Solar Capture Technologies
Mid to Large business: Rural: Simpson Malt/MSP
Mid to Large business: SEN: Opsol
Outstanding Contribution: Mark Dransfield