Nominations are now OPEN for the 2021 North East Entrepreneurial Awards!


The past couple of years has been exceptional and we are looking to recognise our region’s entrepreneurs who have demonstrated strong leadership standing out from their peers during these challenging and unprecedented times.

Winners will be selected in 5 categories:

Emerging Talent: An individual who is building a business of outstanding potential, which has been trading for six years or less (as of 31 December 2020).

Scale-up Entrepreneur: A business owner who is leading a scaling company achieving 20%+ annualised growth in either turnover, profit or employee numbers for any (but ideally all) of the past three years. We are looking for the entrepreneur who’s been able to navigate the challenges brought by the pandemic and stay on course to achieve their future growth ambitions.

Entrepreneur of the Year: A seasoned entrepreneur who has shown incredible resilience and strength, particularly this year, to lead their own significant business to outstanding success through innovation, teamwork and leadership skills.

Mentor of the Year: Selected for their outstanding contribution over the last twelve months to altruistically supporting the growth of fellow entrepreneurs’ businesses.

Lifetime Achievement: Someone who has shown huge commitment over a significant period of time and made a major impact to the regional economy.


The Emerging Talent, Scale-up Entrepreneur and Entrepreneur of the Year award winners will be decided by a distinctive panel of judges made up of regional entrepreneurs and supporters while the Mentor of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards will be decided by the Entrepreneurs' Forum Board of Directors.

Nominees do not need to be members of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum but they must have a significant controlling interest in their own business in each of the Emerging Talent, Scale-up Entrepreneur and Entrepreneur of the Year categories. Nominees for Mentor of the Year do not need to be entrepreneurs in their own right.

You can make your nomination by clicking here!