Nominations open for entrepreneurial awards

Julia Hartley-Brewer (left) with award winner Geoff Thompson (centre), and Colin Hewitt of Ward Hadaway.

Julia Hartley-Brewer (left) with award winner Geoff Thompson (centre), and Colin Hewitt of Ward Hadaway.

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An awards ceremony is preparing to celebrate the best of entrepreneurship in the north east.

Nominations for the North East Entrepreneurial Awards are open until Friday, May 27.

The 13th annual awards are being organised by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum.

Any business leader can be nominated, they do not need to be a Forum member.

There are four award categories – The Entrepreneur of the Year award, sponsored by Ward Hadaway, acknowledges the very best in North East business; The Emerging Talent award, sponsored by United Carlton, is given to an individual building a business with amazing potential.

Previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by The Malhotra Group, are Sir John Hall, Geoff Thompson of GT Group, Sir Peter Vardy, and John Squires of Benfield Motor Group.

The Mentor of the Year award recognises an entrepreneur who has given significant time altruistically to help their peers through the barriers of business growth.

Hosted by comedian and TV writer Jason Cook, the winners will be announced at a black-tie awards dinner on Friday, October 7, at Newcastle’s Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Entrepreneurs’ Forum chairman Nigel Mills said: “These awards celebrate the very best in North East Entrepreneurship, and rightly so.

“Entrepreneurs work tirelessly to build the businesses that people rely on for jobs and economic growth.

“As with previous years we expect a very high standard of entrepreneurs to be nominated, our winners can be held up as examples of not only how to grow businesses, but the wider good this does.”

Nominations can be made by visiting https://entforum.wufoo.com/forms/north-east-entrepreneurial-awards-2016, emailinginfo@entrepreneursforum.net or calling 0191 500 7780.