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Find out how local businesses reacted to being shortlisted for the North East Business Awards 2021

A highly-anticipated date in the local business calendar, the North East Business Awards 2021 celebrates those boosting the economy, enriching local areas, and making the North East region a more exciting and fulfilling place to live.

Instead of the usual sub-regional heats, there will now be one huge grand finale. Bringing together businesses and entrepreneurs from across the North East, it will be a true representation of the remarkable success and potential throughout the region.

The exciting event, headline sponsored by Middlesbrough College and associate sponsored by Sage, will be held on Thursday, September 23, live at The Grand Marquee at Hardwick Hall. For tables, tickets and queries, email [email protected] or call 07825 762 040.

Make sure you use the tag #nebizawards21 to keep up-to-date with the highly-anticipated event. For more information, visit the online hub.

North East Business Awards logo

After the turbulence of the past year, the event is even more anticipated. Finally able to reunite face-to-face and have some fun, the success stories will be a delight for us all to hear about.

CEO of Learning Curve Group, Brenda McLeish said: “It has been a challenging year for many businesses across our region, so I am looking forward to coming together and celebrating all the things that North East businesses have achieved despite the effects of the pandemic.”

Her business is one of the three shortlisted for Durham, Sunderland & South Tyneside Company of the Year.

“I am so excited that Learning Curve Group are finalists for Company of the Year at the North East Business Awards. It is fantastic to be recognised for the commitment that we have to our learners and the local community. Our Purple People, the dedicated staff at LCG, work hard every day to transform lives through learning and are driven by the desire to better people’s lives in our region and beyond.”

Three North East Business Awards awards lined up
The North East Business Awards 2021 will be held at Hardwick Hall

As wonderful as it is to have a title to relay to customers and something shiny on the mantelpiece, an award win at the North East Business Awards mean more than just that. As Brenda said, they give gratification to the hard work and dedication of every team member, evidencing how their effort and spirit is the key to the business’s success.

Shortlisted for Northumberland & Tyneside Company of the Year, Bloom Procurement Services’ founder Adam Jacobs has similar sentiments, saying: “We were all thrilled to learn of our shortlisting for Company of the Year. Not only does this recognise the impact that Bloom has in the North East but it is also a real testament to a passionate and innovative group of people who consistently and collectively push the boundaries of team achievement and success.”

PD Ports, shortlisted for Teesside Company of the Year and the Apprenticeships, Training and Skills Award, said: “Being shortlisted for these awards is testament to the continued hard work of all of our people, especially throughout the challenges brought about by Covid-19 in the past 18 months, and we’re very much looking forward to celebrating at the awards evening in September.”

Businesses big and small are recognised at the special ceremony, with start-ups and SMEs receiving the encouraging support they deserve. Sophie and Charlotte Wilson, owners of YANA Active, are thrilled to be shortlisted for Newcomer of the Year. Their brand is based around local community and customers; from using North East manufacturers and creatives, to supporting everyday warriors and local charities.

They said: “To make it to the final three businesses in the category is truly a wonderful and unexpected surprise after being in business for only 18 months. To be shortlisted is recognition of the work we do to empower women, build their confidence and create a supportive community. Thank you for recognising us NEBA – we are truly honoured!”

Don’t miss out on coverage of the event online at BusinessLive, ChronicleLive and TeessideLive or in print in The Journal and The Gazette.

The categories for the North East Business Awards 2021 are:

Newcomer of the Year Sponsored by Virgin Money

Small Business Award

Apprenticeship, Training and Skills Award Sponsored by Northern Skills Group

High Growth and Ambition Award Sponsored by FW Capital

Innovation and Technology Award Sponsored by Sage

Manufacturing Award Sponsored by Nifco

Services Award Sponsored by Peacocks Medical Group

Heart of the Community Award Sponsored by University of Sunderland

Covid-19 Response Award Sponsored by North of the Tyne Combined Authority

Company of the Year

The winners of the above three awards will then go head-to-head for the title of:

North East Company of the Year Sponsored by Newcastle University



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