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Covid response prize added as Business Awards launches.

Byline: RACHEL RUTHERFORD Business writer rachel.rutherford@reachplc.com @Jnlbusiness

FROM Northumberland to Teesside, every inch of the North East is brimming with entrepreneurial spirit and passion.

For the past 20 years, the North East Business Awards has shown the potential and achievements within the region, celebrating both established large businesses and smaller, newer firms.

And though the year of 2020 has disrupted business like no other time, we have seen some truly inspiring resilience and ingenuity from our business community.

Hence our brand-new category for 2021: the Covid-19 Response Award.

Dedicated to those in business who went the extra mile throughout the pandemic, this award celebrates the courage and conviction of local businesses. In a new format this year, the North East Business Awards will take place as one extra-large event on September 23 instead of the usual format of sub-regional heats.

The highly-anticipated event will be held at The Grand Marquee at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield.

The awards are headline sponsored by Middlesbrough College and associate sponsored by Sage.

With 13 awards to be handed out on the night, most businesses should fit the requirements for one of the categories.

Technological innovation, manufacturing expertise and remarkable growth are just a few of the traits being celebrated.

And don't worry if your business hasn't been established for long or has a small workforce, we have the Newcomer of the Year and Small Business Award especially to promote the new talent on the block.

Simply pick the category that your business fits the requirements for. But don't miss the deadline on July 2, at 3pm.

The categories for the North East Business Awards 2021 are: | Newcomer of the Year (sponsored by Virgin Money) | 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) | Small Business Award | Services Award | Heart of the Community Award (sponsored by University of Sunderland) | Covid-19 Response Award | Northumberland and Tyneside Company of the Year (sponsored by Newcastle City Council) | Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside Company of the Year | Teesside 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. The awards recognise outstanding performances by highly successful North East businesses throughout the year.

The judges are looking for businesses that have that something special, are admired throughout the business community and from which other businesses can all learn.

Previous winners have been characterised by excellence in their product or service; achieved a strong or growing market share in their chosen niche; successfully turned around a dying or slow moving company; used innovative approaches; set up a major new operation bringing it into production at a high level of efficiency; successfully pioneered new markets; re-aligned the business to ensure survival in a highly competitive market.

| The closing date for entries is July 2 at 3pm. To enter, visit nebusinessawards.co.uk | To buy tickets or settle any queries, email: lesley.hampson@reachplc.com or call 0191 2016435.

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Author:RACHEL RUTHERFORD Business writer rachel.rutherford@reachplc.com @Jnlbusiness
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Date:May 4, 2021
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