New sponsor wants to find the county’s best employer

Bernicia staff working with the Dogs Trust charity during a resident fun day.
Bernicia staff working with the Dogs Trust charity during a resident fun day.

The prestigious Northumberland Business Awards has secured another major sponsor for one of its categories.

The annual event has the Bernicia Group on board as it backs the Employer of the Year category.

The Bernicia Group provides more than 8,000 homes for rent throughout Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

It is committed to providing quality services and affordable homes and working in partnership to build confident communities.

Bernicia believes its staff are key to ensuring ambitions and plans are delivered.

This means having a dedicated and productive workforce that delivers the standard of service expected by customers.

Andrea Malcolm, director of business support, said: “Here at Bernicia, we are passionate about our people as we know success can only be achieved with a committed and dedicated workforce. We believe in creating a brilliant place to work, which is recognised by the retention of our Investors in People Gold Award. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice, which is why we are delighted to support the Northumberland Business Awards’ Employer of the Year category.”

As one of Northumberland’s largest employers, Bernicia also has the capacity and desire to respond to the growing demand for training, work experience and support local people into employment.

Its Runway programme offers opportunities for young people to develop the range of skills they need to set off in their journey to employment.

Bernicia is committed to fulfilling its mission of making the difference and continues to invest in services to tenants, homes, communities and its people. It will be judging the employer of the year on the business which equally values and supports its staff.

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There is still time to make a nomination for this year’s awards. The closing date for entries is Friday, October 31.

The awards will be presented at a black-tie dinner on Thursday, November 20, at Linden Hall.

The event is open to any businesses based in Northumberland, simply fill in the nomination form and send it to the address on the form.

The awards are organised by Northeast Press, publishers of the Northumberland Gazette, Morpeth Herald and News Post Leader, and Tweeddale Press, publisher of the Berwick Advertiser.

The categories for the 2014 event are Small Business of the Year (under 10 employees); Business of the Year (11-plus employees); Employer of the Year; Apprentice / Trainee of the Year; Innovation Award; New Business (under two years); Best Green Business Award; Exporter of the Year; Leisure Award; Creative Industries Award; Lifetime Achievement Award.