Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Shortlist Revealed for the Second Regional Heats

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Shortlist Revealed for the Second Regional Heats

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Byline: Graeme Whitfield Business Writer

THE shortlist of finalists for the Durham and Wearside heats of the North East Business Awards has been announced.

The event at Ramside Hall near Durham on March 12 is the second of three sub-regional heats in our awards, coming after the Tyneside and Northumberland event on February 26 and before the Teesside awards on March 26.

Winners from each of the three heats will then go to compete at the regional finals at Hardwick Hall Hotel at Sedge-field on April 23.

Finalists have been selected in 12 categories, with a new category added this year with the Let's Grow Award, which recognises companies that have boosted turnover and profit in the last 12 months.

Organised by The Gazette and our sister paper The Journal, the awards, held in association with the North East Chamber of Commerce, aim to highlight the inspiring work of businesses of all sizes and in a range of sectors throughout the past 12 months.

Topping the nominations in Durham and Wearside, with three, is Bowburn-based kitchen equipment supplier Andrew James.

As well as nominations in the digital and social media award and the Let's Grow award, the firm will be competing against Learning Curve Group and Oil Consultants for the top prize, company of the Year.

There were also two nominations each for Workwear Express, Redu, Haskel Europe and Hays Travel.

The guest speaker at the event will be former Olympic skier Graham Bell, who now works as a TV presenter and motivational speaker.

Tickets for the event are available by contacting Andrew Forster on 0191 2016430 or by going to the website Last year four top Teesside firms took away trophies from the grand final of the North East Business Awards 2014.

There were gongs for PJA Distribution, Nobia UK, Stockton's Castlegate Centre and CorDEX among the winners in a glittering final, held at Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield. …

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