Celebrations at annual awards

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Businesses from across Northumberland came together 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.

Northumberland Business Awards 2013 at Linden Hall.'The winners with their awards.

Northumberland Business Awards 2013 at Linden Hall.'The winners with their awards.

The ceremony was held at Linden Hall, Longhorsley,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.

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 ceremony included a drinks reception, three course meal, as well as a charity raffle which raised £695 be donated to Ashington’s Mark Robinson who is fundraising for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, and the AFE Foundation in memory of his wife.

Business start-up: Questuav Ltd

Social enterprise: Leading Link

Training: The All in One Company

Green Business: Bespoke

Concrete Products Ltd

Export: Baric Systems

Apprenticeship Ambassador: Clifton Engineering

Entrepreneur of the year:

Duncan Fisher - Newton Hall

Micro/Small business: Rural: First4Websites

Micro/Small business: SEN: Solar Capture Technologies

Mid to Large business: Rural: Simpson Malt/MSP

Mid to Large business: SEN: Opsol

Outstanding Contribution: Mark Dransfield