‘Anyone could win’ – Enter the Echo Portfolio Awards

Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards 2012 held at the Stadium of Light - Young Business of the Year winner was the Little Black Dress Club and Mel Donaghue, head of outbound telephony at Barclays presented the award to Katie Bulmer-Cooke.

Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards 2012 held at the Stadium of Light - Young Business of the Year winner was the Little Black Dress Club and Mel Donaghue, head of outbound telephony at Barclays presented the award to Katie Bulmer-Cooke.

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FITNESS expert Katie Bulmer-Cooke says she is living proof anyone can win in the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards.

Katie walked off with the Small Business of the Year trophy for her online personal fitness and training business The Little Black Dress Club.

“All the businesses I was going up against were really good,” she said.

“The standard of competition was really high and I really did not expect to win, especially as my business was quite different from the others.

“Anyone, no matter how big or small their business, can win in the Portfolio Awards – my win goes to show that.

“It was a great night.

“I had never been to anything like that before – the food was lovely, the compere was great and I got to network with a load of other city businesses.” Categories this year are: Small Business (up to 10 employees); Medium Business (11–50 employees); Large Business (over 50 employees); Employer of the Year; Employee of the Year; Technology; New Business (under two years); Special Community Award; Green Business; Training; Export; Leisure and Creative Industries.

Entry is free, but the deadline is tomorrow.

Sunderland City Council is the main sponsor, and our Lifetime Achievement Award will be the council’s choice. Other sponsors this year include Grafton Group, Mortons, The Bridges, Azure, CES Group, Northumbrian Water, SAFC, Sunderland University, Thompson Waste Centres, Gentoo and TTR Barnes.Our awards night will be held at the Stadium of Light on Thursday, October 10. To enter, visit www.echoportfolioawards.co.uk.