Business in Northumberland was celebrated last night at the prestigious Northumberland Business Awards 2014.
Following on from the success of previous ceremonies at Linden Hall in Longhorsley, near Morpeth, once again employers and entrepreneurs were rewarded for their achievements in business across a range of activities.
The awards, organised by Northeast Press, publisher of the Northumberland Gazette, News Post Leader, Morpeth Herald and Tweeddale Press, publisher of the Berwick Advertiser, recognise businesses in a range of categories.
Dozens of companies from across the region battled it out for prizes in 12 categories including employer of the year, apprentice/trainee of the year, innovation award, new business award, best green business award, exporter of the year, leisure award, creative industries award, apprenticeship ambassador, small business of the year, and large business of the year.
Keith Liddell, from the Lindisfarne Inns Group, which owns the Hog’s Head Inn, Alnwick, Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses and Lindisfarne Inn at Beal, also picked up the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.
Northeast Press assistant managing director Linda Burnside said: “We have received a record number of outstanding entries from business across the entire spectrum of the business community.
“Our thanks to those individuals across the length and breadth of the county for coming together to celebrate their successes over the past year.
“Northumberland is a diverse county with its rural heartlands in the north and west and the more populated south and east, and we are honoured to be able to playing our part in supporting that diversity through the business awards.”
Organisations threw their support behind the event, including Banks Group, Northumberland County Council, Bernicia, Northumberland College, Macdonald Hotels, Port of Blyth, NBSL, First4Websites, Business Northumberland, and the main sponsor of the night, Arch, The Northumberland Development Company.
Coun Dave Ledger, Arch group chair and deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “Arch are delighted to be sponsoring the awards ceremony and be able to help recognise the many achievements of the outstanding companies that we have in Northumberland and whose valuable work contributes to the Northumberland economy.”
The awards ceremony included a drinks reception, three course meal, as well as a charity raffle, the proceeds of which will be donated to Making Winter Warmer for Those Without.
Employer of the year: Egger UK
Apprentice/trainee of the year: Taren Ridley-Kime
Innovation award: Geneius Laboratories
New business award: G&P Healthcare Ltd
Best green business award: Saving Energy Renewables North East
Exporter of the year: AAF Ltd
Leisure award: Smile Through Sport
Creative industries award: First4Websites, Berwick
Apprenticeship ambassador: Piramal Healthcare
Small business of the year: Delaval Breweries
Large business of the year: Osbit Power Ltd
Lifetime Achievement Award: Keith Liddell