More sponsors come on board

Paul Brown, Ken Arnold, and Ian Coull of Business Northumberland.
Paul Brown, Ken Arnold, and Ian Coull of Business Northumberland.

More Northumberland companies have come on board to sponsor categories in this year’s Business Awards.

Business Northumberland, a free service providing advice and support to anyone thinking about starting up, or those who have a new business up to 12-months-old, will sponsor the Best Business Start-Up category.

The firm aims to increase the number of businesses in Northumberland and ensure they are best able to survive, thrive and grow.

The service offers Northumberland-specific business information and guidance by phone and online – www.businessnorthumberland.co.uk

A variety of business workshops is also available to those based in Cramlington, Ashington, Blyth and the surrounding area, on the legal and practical aspects of starting, such as business planning, managing money, social media, marketing, sales and tax.

Meanwhile, Northumberland College has shown its support for the awards for several years and is proudly sponsoring the Apprenticeship Ambassador Award again this year.

The college works with more than 700 businesses across the North East, including small businesses and large enterprises from industry sectors as diverse as construction, to early years and professional services.

The college, which is ranked within the top 10 per cent in England, offers industry standard training through its campuses and one of the largest range of apprenticeships in the region with more than 40 subject frameworks.

Its dedicated business development team delivers tailored training solutions to meet employer needs.

A college spokesman said: “The Apprenticeship Ambassador Award recognises and celebrates employers who are committed to developing their workforce through apprenticeships and we would encourage employers to enter the awards.”

This year there is a new category, the Social Enterprise Award, and businesses will be judged in the mid to large business of the year category, and the micro/small business category, which will both be split into rural and south east Northumberland.

Deadline for entries is Thursday, October 31, and nominations can be entered online at www.nepress.co.uk/NGAZ/business-awards-2013/ or using the form below. Forms should be sent to Dawn Owens, Morpeth Herla,d 17 Newgate Street, Morpeth, NE61 1AW.

The awards night will be held at Linden Hall, near Morpeth, on Thursday, November 14.