Award categories

Celebrating the achievements of our region’s business community

You are the leaders, innovators and the beating heart driving this region forward. Now is the time to recognise your achievements.

With thanks to Chamber awards associate sponsor Bernicia.

Small business of the year

Regional categories are focused on membership level and aim to find and recognise our best businesses in the region. Open to Small member businesses, those employing under 49 people.

Sponsored by NELEP

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Larger business of the year

Regional categories are focused on membership level and aim to find and recognise our best businesses in the region. Open to medium, partner and larger businesses, those employing 50+ people.

Sponsored by The Endeavour Partnership

 

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Business of the year

Outstanding within their field, the business of the year will be selected from category winners once judged, by a panel consisting of Chamber Board, Chamber Council.

Sponsored by Esh Group

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Business diversification award

The past few years have seen unprecedented challenges for North East businesses. Many have had to adapt to survive, some with spectacular results. This category aims to acknowledge those successful diversifications and the innovative and transformative teams behind them.

Sponsored by North East Times

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Entrepreneur of the year

North East entrepreneurs are the disruptors and innovators that will shape the future of our region’s business community. The winner of this award will exhibit hard work, determination, creativity and resilience. This entrepreneur will be an inspiration to business people across the North East.

Sponsored by Intuit

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Green business of the year

Recognising the most ethical, socially responsible, green business, we’re looking for a Chamber member who can demonstrate a commitment to managing their environmental impact. The winner will be able to demonstrate that this agenda is embedded right throughout their business at every level and what impact this agenda has on their organisation.

Sponsored by Gateshead College

 

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Diversity and inclusion award

A business that is focused on supporting and encouraging diversity and inclusion is the foundation of a progressive business community in North East England. We’re looking for an outstanding business who promote and support equality, inclusion, disability access and support, community engagement and welfare.

Sponsored by Square One Law

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Export business of the year

This award recognises the strength and resilience of North East exporters. Entrants for this award must stand out from the crowd on the international stage and demonstrate that they adapted to the effects of Covid-19 and the impact of Brexit.

In association with Department for International Trade

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Commitment to people award

A business that has shown how their approach to the learning and development of their team has enhanced their business performance.

Sponsored by Openreach

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Scale up business of the year

An organisation that can demonstrate exceptional levels of growth with a strong plan for sustainable financial performance

Sponsored by Middlesbrough College

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Community business of the year

An organisation that facilitates, participates and enables community engagement, demonstrating the power of giving back.

Sponsored by Karbon Homes

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