The North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) is delighted to sponsor the Small Business Award as part of the Sunderland Echo’s Portfolio Awards 2017.
Small businesses are at the heart of the community in Sunderland, and there’s never been a better time to celebrate Sunderland’s entrepreneurs and home grown companies, according to the BIC’s Chief Executive, Paul McEldon.
Paul said: “We have been providing support for small businesses and entrepreneurs for the last 23 years and without question, running your own business is no easy task and so businesses that thrive should be recognised and celebrated.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy as they drive growth, open new markets and create jobs; in turn, they make a major contribution towards the future prosperity of Sunderland.
“We know there are many talented entrepreneurs running successful small businesses in Sunderland, and we encourage businesses to apply and to be nominated.
“We also recognise that small businesses are so busy with their day job, and resources are stretched, that putting themselves forward for an award is not always top of their agenda, or sometimes not even on the agenda at all.
“However, entering awards is good for business. Being shortlisted or winning can provide businesses with improved brand awareness and great PR opportunities as well as motivating employees and attracting future talent. It can also act as a third party endorsement and a seal of approval for your business.
“In sponsoring the Echo Portfolio Small Business Award, the BIC urges small businesses in Sunderland to apply and showcase their success.
“We believe that small businesses are not only the lifeblood of our organisation, but the driving force for Sunderland’s economy and we look forward to celebrating their hard work and success.”