Thriving port gives its backing to search for the best in business

The Port of Blyth.
The Port of Blyth.

A regular supporter of the Northumberland Business Awards is once again getting behind the event.

The Port of Blyth has been a prominent supporter of the annual awards over the years, and 2014 will be no different.

The major employer is this year sponsoring the Exporter of the Year category.

With a record year in 2013 and turnover exceeding £17.7million, the Port of Blyth has seen its trade base expand and is undergoing further expansion and development through 2014.

One such development is the Port’s Bates terminal that has been underutilised for a number of years.

A major redevelopment is starting at Bates with the Geos Group about to complete the multi-million pound build of the marine fuel terminal, a joint project between Geos and the Port.

This facility will offer fuelling opportunities to vessels, serve as a strategic base for Geos and provide further attractions to the offshore and renewable energy industries.

The project will also provide the keystone to start the redevelopment at Bates and open up numerous opportunities for development.

At Battleship Wharf there are ongoing plans to expand the dry bulks terminal.

This could potentially lead to additional jobs, new facilities and equipment, which will all help to strengthen Blyth’s offer as a leading North East port.

The offshore energy sector is also a main focus of the Port.

Having developed relationships over previous years, Blyth is now the first choice for numerous oil, gas and renewable sector companies to bring in their vessels and set up workshops and bases to service their operations.

The Port believes that Northumberland has a great deal to offer and is supporting the Exporter of the Year Award to recognise others in Northumberland who are making a noticeable impact in international trade.

There is still time to make a nomination for this year’s awards.

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, 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.