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ENTRIES are being sought for the 2012 Best New Business Awards.

Now in their 13th year, the honours aim to inspire and reward enterprise across Teesside.

Despite the current financial, event organiser Colin Brown, believes the time is right to start a new business.

"The Government is looking to the private sector, in particular small businesses, to help develop economic growth.

"This makes it a great time for new businesses to push themselves to help create new jobs and help the UK economy thrive.

"Across the Tees Valley, there's some inspirational talent, great entrepreneurs with the ideas and drive to make their businesses a success. These awards are a wonderful showcase for these people to demonstrate their ambition and be honoured for their hard work."

Last year's big winner was Double Eleven, a Middlesbrough-based digital firm which develops hand held and mobile video games.

Lee Hutchinson used pounds 100,000 of his own money to start up Double Eleven with his business partner, Matt Shepcar in 2010.

In just two years the company has grown from its origins in a small loft room to working with electronics and entertainment giant Sony and employing more than 40 people.

The company also took a trio of awards at the Teesside heat of the nebusiness awards 2012 - Science and Technology, Newcomer of the Year and Small Business awards.

The company then went on to take the North-east Science and Technology Award at the event's grand final.

Categories are Community; Creative industries; Environmental; Manufacturing; Marketing; Retail; Service; Young Entrepreneur and overall winner.

Businesses set up within the past three years, after July 1, 2009) are eligible to enter.

Contact Colin on 01642 862177 or go to


DIGITAL STAR: Lee Hutchinson of Double Eleven, which won last year's top award.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 24, 2012
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