SUCCESSFUL businesses bucking any recession have been honoured at an award ceremony.
More than 200 small and medium-sized businesses attended the North Tyneside Business Awards, organised by North Tyneside Business Forum.
Five awards were on offer, plus an overall Business of the Year award, with a diverse range of winners, from vocal coaching to manufacturing.
North Shields-based Norfran Ltd was named Business of the Year after winning the Manufacturing Business Award.
The company, founded in 2009 with just 12 staff, produces high pressure aluminium and zinc die castings for a wide variety of industrial uses, now employing 63 staff.
Mark Smith, general manager, said: “Winning the Business of the Year Award is a great achievement for all who work for Norfran.
“It is a fantastic achievement and we feel very proud as a workforce in the private sector to be recognised by the business community, you can ask for no better accolade.”
CRS Dispense Solutions, established in 2011, won the Business Start-Up Award.
The Benton-based company refurbish, remanufacture and recycle drink dispensing systems, already winning contracts with Heineken and Carlsberg.
The Retail Business Award was presented to Wallsend’s Accessorise Me, a footwear and accessories business for women and children based in Wallsend.
The Service Sector Business Award went to Holystone-based Infinite Playgrounds who describe themselves as ‘a natural playground company’, utilising the creative design talents of Helen Law and Sam McGeever.
Anna Leigh Middleton won the Young Entrepreneur Award. Anna offers speech-level singing, where singers learn a healthy way of singing that strengthens the voice, increases flexibility, eliminates breaks in the voice and provides vocal stamina.
Mayor Linda Arkley said: “These awards give us an opportunity to value our small and medium-sized enterprises and the important role they play in North Tyneside.
“Successful businesses with the potential to grow are fundamental to a healthy economic future, providing vital services and benefits to our residents and much-needed job opportunities.”