Accolades across a range of sectors

The best of the borough’s businesses have been celebrated at the glittering North Tyneside Business Awards.

Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 3:16 pm
Updated Friday, 13th December 2019, 4:53 pm
Mark Errington, left, and Andrew Punton of Clavis IDS with Norma Redfearn.
Mark Errington, left, and Andrew Punton of Clavis IDS with Norma Redfearn.

The annual awards, organised by the North Tyneside Business Forum, celebrate the huge contribution that companies, shops and eateries in a range of sectors make to the local economy.

The ceremony was held at the Village Hotel and was attended by members of the business community. It was hosted by BBC presenter Alfie Joey.

North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn, said: “It has been a great year for many businesses in North Tyneside and this is shown in the quality and success of all the winners and finalists that have been highlighted at the ceremony.”

This year there were five sector categories and the winner of each category, being automatically entered into the prestigious ‘Business of the Year’ award, was as follows.

New Business: Little Acorns Childcare; Leisure and Tourism: Littley Bay;Manufacturing and Construction: Blake Hopkinson Architecture; Digital and Innovation: Clavis IDS (Integrated Display Systems); Retail and Service Provider: The Printed Bag Shop.

Clavis IDS was the Business of the Year and P&G, which has a base in Longbenton and on Cobalt Park, received a special contribution award.

There was also the Heart of the Community Award, which was nominated and voted for by the public to recognise businesses that make a positive difference to the borough.

The finalists were Morrisinghs, Barrier Ex and Tynemouth Decorators. The winning company was Morrisinghs in West Allotment.

The family that runs the store plays a huge part in local community events and recently helped to regenerate the flower planters around the village.

Over the years, Clavis IDS has designed and manufactured a wide range of products – from automated industrial refrigerator doors to bomb disposal robots for police forces and the military.

Director Mark Errington said: “It’s a pleasure to have been nominated and a great achievement to win this award.”