Entries now open for North East Business Awards

BIC Chief Executive, Paul McEldon

BIC Chief Executive, Paul McEldon

The search for the region’s best businesses has begun with the opening of entries for the North East Business Awards 2018. These awards give local companies the opportunity to put their businesses in the spotlight and gain the recognition they deserve for their success.

Having accommodated more than 700 businesses and created over 7,500 jobs in the last 23 years, the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) are proud to be sponsors of the Small Business Award and we would like to encourage firms to enter for this prestigious award.

BIC Chief Executive, Paul McEldon, said: “Small businesses are not only the lifeblood of our organisation, but the backbone of the North East economy.

“Delivering exceptional managed office services, we are home to 235 companies across three locations in Sunderland, Darlington and Washington, and have developed a range of tailor made services and facilities to nurture entrepreneurial development and meet the needs of thriving small businesses.

“Our aim is to encourage knowledge exchange, collaboration and the development of innovative products and services which ultimately contribute to a company’s commercial success.

“The Small Business Award recognises the outstanding contribution of the small business sector, the vital ingredient for a healthy economy. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make up over 98% of private sector businesses and are responsible for a sizeable contribution of job creation and the fortunes of the North East economy. These awards celebrate the achievements of the region’s business community and we are delighted to be involved.”

Seaham based company Redu, who won last year’s Small Business Award in the Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside regional heat, specialise in delivering high volume incremental sales for brands and retailers via social, mobile and data driven affiliate marketing. A fast growing technology company with a strong customer first ethos, the judges were impressed with their tenacity, innovation and commitment to driving growth.

Taking the time to nominate oneself for an award may not be top of the agenda, especially when resources are stretched and the day job is such a busy one, but it’s worth focusing on what an award can bring.

Being shortlisted or winning an award can provide businesses with improved brand awareness and great PR opportunities and the seal of approval could be a great asset for your firm when it comes to attracting customers or clients.

As sponsors of the award for the last few years we note the increasingly high standard of entries, a testament to the entrepreneurial talent across our region. These awards provide an excellent platform to showcase the very best of small businesses from many diverse sectors and we look forward to celebrating their success.

To view award categories, criteria and details of how to enter, click here 

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