Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Last Chance for Award Nominations

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Last Chance for Award Nominations

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Byline: ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@trinitymirror.com

READERS have until midnight tonight to nominate inspiring business leaders for recognition at the North East Business Executive of the Year Awards 2016.

Organised by The Gazette and its sister paper The Journal, the event - held in association with Brewin Dolphin - is among the most prestigious of its kind in the region, highlighting personality and leadership as well as clear successes such as driving forward profit growth.

A judging panel, made up of key professionals from the North-east business community and representatives from sponsoring organisations, will pull together a shortlist and decide the winners in number of categories, including Young Business Person of the Year.

That award, which is open to those aged 30 or under, last year went to Bethany Ainsley - founder and CEO of Peterlee's Nouveau Dance and Fitness.

An accomplished dancer, Bethany, who is originally from Hartlepool, once considered a career in London's West End theatre scene.

Six years ago, however, she instead decided to start a community enterprise taking fitness, dance and nutrition coaching to communities with the highest levels of deprivation.

Now, with a full-time staff of 12, her classes for both adults and children are attended by about 1,200 people a week across the North East.

By next year, the company is expected to double in size and has plans to fan out into Scotland, the North West, and Yorkshire.

Newcastle -Managing owners This time around, the Young Business Person of the Year award is once again being sponsored by Newcastle Providing expertise Brewin Dolphin of your finances help you University www.brewin.

Business School. Recognising how business is shaped by a desire to think differently, the school's driving purpose is to push the boundaries of knowledge by facilitating enterprising thinking. It aims to create business thinkers who are eager for change and ready for any challenge. John Wilson, director of Newcastle University Business School, said: "It is essential that the entrepreneurs of tomorrow are supported to enable them to drive the future of enterprise - which is why it is imperative that we continue to support awards such as the North East Business Executive of the Year Awards. …

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