The shortlist has been announced for the heats of the North East Awards, with some of the region’s largest firms set to do battle with the rising stars of our business community.
The awards celebrate some of the best companies in the North East, with heats taking place in three parts of the region – Tyneside and Northumberland; Durham , Sunderland and South Tyneside; and Teesside – and the winners then going to the regional final in April.
Organised by The Journal and our sister paper on Teesside, The Gazette, the awards are held in association with the North East England Chamber of Commerce.
Last year Stockton car parts manufacturer Nifco won the title of North East Company of the Year, while others winners included Cundall, Connection Retail, the International Centre for Life and Siemens.
This year, finalists have been selected in 11 categories, with a shortlist of three in each category.
Among the nominees are established firms like Go North East, Muckle LLP and PD Ports, while a number of up-and-coming companies looking to make their mark on the regional business scene.
Apprenticeship Award (sponsored by Nifco UK): Cornerstone Business Solutions, Espresso Web, MyFirmsApp.
Company of the Year (sponsored by the Tees Valley Combined Authority): CPD Bodies, Double Eleven, Sound Training
Digital and Social Media Award: Calm Digital (Advent Calendar Online), HomeFuels Direct, RAW Digital Training.
Export Award (sponsored by PD Ports): Cleveland Cascades, Hart Biologicals, Ward Bros Steel.
Heart of the Community Award: CEO Sleepout, Hart Biologicals, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.
Innovation Award (sponsored Teesside University): Hart Innovations, Intasite, Spearhead Interactive.
Let’s Grow Award (sponsored by FW Capital): Additional Lengths, Double Eleven, Mobile Mini.
Manufacturing Award (sponsored by ABB Consulting): CPD Bodies, SABIC, Top Brass.
Newcomer of the Year (sponsored by Virgin Money): Bread & Butter Threads, Cleveland LGV Training, Utility Alliance.
Services Award (sponsored by Middlesbrough College): Bid and Research Development, The Nicholson Group, PD Ports.
Small Business Award: Hart Biologicals, MI Supplies, Para-Sols.