Entrepreneurs battle it our for prestigious awards

Posted on the 27 July 2015

Entrepreneurs battle it our for prestigious awards

North East business bosses are battling it out for prestigious annual awards celebrating entrepreneurship in the region.

The North East Entrepreneurial Awards 2015 have been run by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum for more than a decade, honouring those business people who lead dynamic, innovative companies that stand out from the crowd.

In partnership with the North East LEP for the second year running, the awards will be presented at a special ceremony taking place at the brand new Crowne Plaza hotel, in Newcastle’s Stephenson Quarter, on the evening of September 25th.

Those categories being contested are Emerging Talent, Entrepreneur of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and Mentor of the Year.

The shortlisted businesses are:

·  Emerging Talent (sponsored by United Carlton): Alice Hall, Pink Boutique; Ben Staerck, Furniture Clinic; Richard Kirk, PolyPhotonix; and Tom Riley, Whitewash Laboratories.

·  Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by Ward Hadaway): Geoff Thompson, Utilitywise; John Reece, Reece Group; and Tony Cleary, Lanchester Wine Group.

The Lifetime Achievement (sponsored by Barclays) and Mentor of the Year (sponsored by The Malhotra Group) awards will be announced on the evening.

Gillian Marshall, chief executive of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, said: “Entrepreneurial businesses drive our economy, creating jobs and wealth, so it is only right that we celebrate the work of those people who lead these enterprises. There are some fantastic nominees battling for these awards, from well-known larger businesses to those that are just starting to come to prominence, and we are looking forward to an excellent evening, honouring some fantastic people.”

Networking and drinks sponsor for the evening is SGP Consulting, with Growth Accelerator supporting the Awards programme.

For more information and to book a place at the awards ceremony, visit www.entrepreneursforum.net.