New sponsor on board for county’s business awards

Northumberland Business Awards 2013 at Linden Hall.'Nigel King from Questuav Ltd accepts the Best Business Start Up award from Suzanne McCreedy of Business Northumberland.
Northumberland Business Awards 2013 at Linden Hall.'Nigel King from Questuav Ltd accepts the Best Business Start Up award from Suzanne McCreedy of Business Northumberland.
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As the November date for the Northumberland Business Awards draws closer, another high profile sponsor has backed the campaign.

The awards ceremony for 2014 will yet again boast the New Business (under two years) Award which will be sponsored by Business Northumberland, the local business support initiative.

Business Northumberland offers established and start-up businesses in the county free support in reaching their full growth potential.

It is a free service that provides advice and support to anyone thinking about starting a business in Northumberland and also offers coaching to existing businesses with growth ambitions.

Business Northumberland is jointly funded by Arch, The Northumberland Development Company, Northumberland County Council and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Northumberland has for centuries been renowned for its exquisite foods, agriculture and tourism as well as many other forms of industry.

The 2014 awards will celebrate those that are excelling in their fields and helping to boost the local economy.

Business Northumberland business advisor Phil Sly said: “Northumberland is a great place with great heritage with many well-established businesses that are known worldwide.

“These awards are a fantastic opportunity to show everyone from each corner of the business world, both locally and nationally, that we are a strong region and a great place to start a business.”

As a support initiative for pre-start and early start-up businesses, Business Northumberland will be again sponsoring the award of the county’s best new start-up.

Already this year the initiative has provided support to local innovative firms such as DJS Technologies, Sweeps and Stoves, The Chocolate Smiths and Smile Through Sport among many others.

The organisers are still campaigning for nominations to be put forward for each of its categories, which include awards for the SME of the year, business of the year, innovation award and exporter of the year among many others.

The judges will make their decision based on dedication, commitment, proven success and imagination.

Paul Larkin, editor of the Northumberland Gazette, said: “We are delighted Business Northumberland has once again agreed to support our annual awards and in doing so help us promote and highlight the best of the many new start-up businesses in the county.

“Northumberland is a diverse county with its rural heartlands in the north and west and the more populated south and east, and we are honoured to be able to playing our part in supporting that diversity through the awards.”

The event on November 20 at Linden Hall, with a black tie dress code, will feature a gala dinner recognising and celebrating business excellence within Northumberland.

The event is open to any businesses based in Northumberland, simply visit the nepress.co.uk website for further information and to submit your nominations.

Further information on the support available from Business Northumberland can be found at www.businessnorthumberland.co.uk