SPONSORS are getting behind the 2011 Northumberland Business Awards.
The latest to come on board are Northumberland County Council and the Port of Blyth.
The council is backing the overall Business of the Year category, which carries £1,000 worth of free advertising across the Northumberland Gazette, Morpeth Herald and News Post Leader.
Coun Tom Brechany, executive member responsible for regeneration at the council, said: “The council is extremely pleased to support the Northumberland Business Awards – and particularly to be associated with the Business of the Year category.
“In Northumberland we want to create a strong economy that sustains all sizes of business across a number of sectors, and these awards provide a welcome opportunity to showcase successful companies.
“We recognise that these are difficult times for business and industry and it is great to see companies across the county which are thriving despite the economic downturn.
“Last year’s shortlist and eventual winners, AAF, set a high standard that we hope to see built on in this year’s competition.”
Another of last year’s winners, Mark Jones, director of the Wellwood and Zecca restaurants in Amble, urged businesses to get involved.
“The Northumberland Business Awards are a superb accolade to all of the great businesses we have in Northumberland.
“Zecca winning the Keep it Local category last year was fabulous, totally unexpected as the competition was tough, but using local produce is something we are passionate about and we were rewarded for this.
“We were proud to win in 2010 and we will be fiercely defending our title in 2011.
“I would encourage anyone who is considering entering the Business Awards to just do it.”
Nominations are still being taken, and businesses looking to enter should fill in the form on this page or go online at www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/community/events-exhibitions
The closing date for entries is Friday, October 21.
The awards are organised by Northeast Press, publishers of the Northumberland Gazette, Morpeth Herald, News Post Leader and Tweeddale Press’s Berwick Advertiser.
They will culminate with a prize-giving ceremony to be held at Linden Hall near Morpeth on Thursday, November 17.