Search to Find the Best Firms and Employees in North East

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THE search is on to find the best companies to work for in the North East and highlight those employees that have gone the extra mile for their bosses.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development have teamed up with The Journal to recognise the region's top employees and companies.

The North East Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development HR awards celebrate those people who have worked above and beyond the call of duty in recruitment and training.

It all culminates in a ceremony at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead on April 18, 2013. And this year the awards are in association once again with Nigel Wright Recruitment.

There are eight awards, with each category sponsored by a well-known organisation including Northumbrian Water, Cintra HR & Payroll Services, Ward Hadaway, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Newcastle University Business School and Home Group. Catherine Attwell, chair of CIPD North East of England Branch said: "These are the region's most prestigious HR&D Awards. Delivered in association with The Journal and associate sponsor Nigel Wright, the awards recognise and celebrate outstanding HR&D achievements and impact on business success.

"Our awards aim to inspire future generations of the great North East. This year there will be a double celebration as we approach the CIPD centenary recognising 100 years of leading HR into the future and celebrating the very best that human resources and development has to offer in the region."

The judging of the event is most important. A panel of independent CIPD committee members and the relevant award sponsor and associate sponsors Nigel Wright select carefully the finalists and winner.

Past winners of the awards include John Lewis, Nexus, Northumbria Poavailable lice, North Tyneside Council and South Tyneside Homes.

Event organisers expect the gala event to be better than ever this time and attract over 370 people to cheer on the winners. They are already taking bookings for tables.

The Journal editor Brian Aitken said: "These awards have run for the past seven years. The Journal is delighted to back these important awards. Our business is all about people and that's what these awards focus on. It is right we recognise the individuals and companies from the North East who excel in the HR field."

Attwell added: "We know that organisations are continually changing and it's important that the HR&D profession leads the thinking on how we can grasp opportunities and overcome challenges.

"Now we'd like you to share with pride your achievements and how HR&D have played a leading role in your organisation success. …