2024 Entrepreneurial Awards

Get ready to raise your glass to the entrepreneurs who are rewriting the rules — the trailblazers, pioneers and innovators of the North East.

Since 2004, our Entrepreneurial Awards have recognised, celebrated and illuminated the North East's best business talent with finalists representing every stage of the business lifecycle from One to Watch to Lifetime Achievement.

Now in our 20th year, we have introduced four new award categories to recognise entrepreneurs in our region who are admired by their peers.

The winners will be announced at our celebratory gala dinner on Friday 27th September which is open to everyone in the North East business community. It's an evening packed with celebration, leaving you with memories as unforgettable as the North East's entrepreneurial spirit itself!

Meet the Finalists

One to Watch 

An entrepreneur who is building a new business with the potential to positively impact our region.

• Hamish Adamson, Harlyn Solutions
• Ian Brown, Chestnut BioPolymers
• James Widmer, Advanced Electric Machines
• Natasha Boulding, Low Carbon Materials
• Dr Olusola Idowu, Hexis Lab

Impact (Supported by UMi)

An entrepreneur behind a resilient and inclusive business which is making a sustained contribution to making the North East a better place.

• Bethany Ainsley, OptiMe
• Charlotte Windebank, FIRST
• Kari Owers, O.agency
• Simon Briton and Neil Henry, Grace House North East

Scale-up (Supported by White Digital)

An entrepreneur behind a high growth business which is having a positive economic impact on our region, and has the potential to continue to benefit the North East.

• Charlotte Staerck, The Handbag Clinic
• Mark Edmondson, Inflo Group
• Victoria Lynch, Additional Lengths


An entrepreneur who is a role model for entrepreneurship in our region.

• Ammar Mirza CBE, SME Centre of Excellence
• Charlie Hoult, HyHubs / Opencast
• Steve Pugh, Roadmap MBA
• Steven Rawlingson, Samuel Knight International

Entrepreneur of the Year (Supported by Ward Hadaway)

Our category finalists will go head-to-head for the prestigious title of Entrepreneur of the Year. The judges will focus on their performance over the past 12 months to determine our ultimate winner.

Lifetime Achievement

A business leader who has shown huge commitment over a significant period of time and made a major impact to the regional economy.

Key Dates

Monday 8th April 2024 —
Applications and nominations open. 

Friday 24th May 2024 — Deadline for applications close 5pm.

Monday 24th June 2024 Finalists announced.

Friday 27th September 2024 — Winners announced at our Gala Dinner at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead.

Supported by

Ward Hadaway
Ward Hadaway
Entrepreneur of the Year Award Sponsor
Impact Award Sponsor
White Digital
White Digital
Scale-up Award Sponsor

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