A celebration of success at annual Northumberland Business Awards

The winners of the Northumberland Business Awards 2013 with their awards at Linden Hall.
The winners of the Northumberland Business Awards 2013 with their awards at Linden Hall.
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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, last Thursday, where employers and entrepreneurs came together to be recognised and honoured 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.

The event was presented by TV presenter Wendy Gibson.

Northeast Press 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 at NBSL, 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, which raised nearly £700 for Ashington’s Mark Robinson, who is fund-raising for hearing dogs for the deaf and the AFE Foundation, in memory of his wife.

WINNERS:

Business start up: QuestUAV Ltd, Amble

Social enterprise: Leading Link, Bedlington

Training: The All in One Company, Ashington

Green Business: Bespoke Concrete Products Ltd, Prudhoe

Export: Baric Systems, Blyth

Apprenticeship Ambassador: Clifton Engineering, Morpeth

Entreprenuer of the year: Duncan Fisher - Newton Hall, Newton-by-the-Sea

Micro/Small business (Rural): First4Websites, Berwick

Micro/Small business (South-East Northumberland): Solar Capture Technologies, Blyth

Mid to Large business (Rural): Simpson Malt/MSP, Berwick

Mid to Large business (South-East Northumberland): Opsol, Cramlington

Outstanding Contribution: Mark Dransfield, Morpeth