Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trophy Winners Are Well Equipped for the Future; Awards

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trophy Winners Are Well Equipped for the Future; Awards

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Byline: coreena ford

OMEGA Plastics Group topped a year of soaring success when it scooped the main prize at the grand final of the North East Business Awards 2017.

The cream of the region's business community gathered at Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield to see Omega take the Company of the Year trophy, the final prize to be handed out at glittering event where winners also included Tharsus Group, Atomhawk and O'Brien Waste Recycling Solutions.

Washington-based Omega Plastics - which was founded in Blyth, Northumberland, and also has a plant in Hartlepool - manufactures specialist equipment used in the healthcare, automotive and defence industries.

The award was the last of the night to be presented at the 15th annual event, organised by the The Journal and its Teesside sister paper The Gazette, with Omega Plastics pipping Metnor Construction Ltd and CPD Bodies Ltd to the top prize.

Held in association with the North East England Chamber of Commerce, the awards shine a light on successes of companies large and small.

The marquee was packed with around 600 people from businesses all over the region who came together to see 13 firms take away coveted trophies during a ceremony hosted by TV and radio presenters Ingrid Hagemann and Alfie Joey.

Bob Cuffe, North East managing director for Trinity Mirror North East, launched the night, telling guests: "These awards continue to be the biggest of their type in the country and are a celebration of our brilliant area and the great businesses that underpin it. It's an absolute pleasure to recognise companies and the people who make them stand out in fiercely competitive marketplaces.

"From Brexit to Trump, the falling pound to the rise in the price of Marmite, the last 12 months have been one of the most unpredictable times in recent memories. And we're now faced with a general election in 42 days.

"North East companies are not immune to these unsettling factors, but they have typified the 'Keep calm, carry on' spirit made famous by a bookshop in Northumberland.

"From Nissan committing to two new models in Sunderland to the development of Newcastle's Stephenson Quarter, from the Teesside fightback to the launch of exciting new businesses like Atom Bank, the business community has got on with what it does best. …

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