Businesses to battle it out at top award

Sir John Hall receives his Lifetime Achievement award at the North East Entrepreneurial Awards 2014.
Sir John Hall receives his Lifetime Achievement award at the North East Entrepreneurial Awards 2014.

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

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

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

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.”

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