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)

Regional categories aim to find and recognise our best businesses in the region. Open to Small member businesses.

Sponsored by Pureprint Imprint

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Larger business of the year (regional)

Regional categories aim to find and recognise our best businesses in the region. Open to medium, large and partner businesses.

 

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Entrepreneur of the year (regional)

North East entrepreneurs are the distributors and innovators that will shape the future of our region’s business community.

 

Sponsored by Intuit

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Community business of the year (regional)

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

Sponsored by Society Matters

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Rising star (regional)

This category is open to individuals who are doing amazing work with an exciting future ahead.

Sponsored by North East Times

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Business of the year (regional)

Outstanding within their field, the business of the year will be selected from category winners once judged.

Sponsored by OakNorth

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People and work business of the year (national)

A business that has shown commitment to recruiting, training and retaining a skilled and diverse workforce, which has led to an improvement in business performance. This business will also demonstrate how diversity and inclusion is prioritised and plays a pivotal role in its culture.

Sponsored by NRG

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Digital revolution business of the year (national)

A business that has transformed the market that they operate in, or their product or service, by implementing cutting-edge technologies.

 

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Green innovation business of the year (national)

This award will recognise organisations with sustainability at the heart of their business. They are fully committed to sustainable best practice and making the world a better and safer place.

Sponsored by Pulsant

 

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International trade business of the year (national)

This award recognises a business that has demonstrated significant and sustained international growth through a clear understanding of overseas markets, proving that borders are not a barrier to trade.

 

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Local economy of the future business of the year (national)

An organisation that can demonstrate exceptional levels of growth with a strong plan for sustainable financial performance and a ‘meaningful’ contribution to the UK economy. Alternatively, an organisation that has demonstrated exceptional levels of commitment to their local economy throughout the year, be it through working with local stakeholders/engagement with local community organisations (business, educational, voluntary etc).

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