Successful businesses helping leave their mark on the borough have been honoured at an annual awards night.
More than 200 leading figures from the region’s business community attended the Village Hotel for the North Tyneside Business Awards 2013, to recognise the work of small and medium-sized organisations.
The overall business of the year award was won by design-and-build natural playground specialist Infinite Playgrounds, which also won the Green Business Award.
Helen Law, creative director of Infinite Playgrounds, said: “I am delighted to receive both of these awards on behalf of our team.
“Being awarded North Tyneside Business of the Year is fantastic recognition and we are very proud of what our company has achieved in such a short time.
“We believe we are the only company approaching playground design in this way and we are proud to be the leading providers of cutting edge learning environments nationwide from our base in North Tyneside.”
Manufacturing Business Award was won by North Shields-based Motech Engineering while CRS Dispense Solutions won the Service Sector Award.
Team Build Construction took home the Construction Business Award and there was joy for Low Cost Parcels, Ltd which won the Business Start-Up Award.
There was a Top of the Shops award for each of the three main town centres, which were won by John Day Greengrocers (Wallsend), Hoults Pork Butchers (North Shields), and 129 Coffee Shop (Whitley Bay), with Hoults winning the overall Top of the Shops award.
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “The North Tyneside Business Awards provide an opportunity for us to reflect on local businesses and the role they play in the life and communities of North Tyneside.
“Business is fundamental to our economic future – it is the lifeblood of our society, providing vital services and benefits to our residents and much-needed employment opportunities for our workforce and our young people.”