Be recognised for excellent work at business awards

Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards 2012 held at the Stadium of Light - Stuart Smiles, director at Alex Smiles, presented the Large Business of the Year award to The Bridges. Bridges centre director Andy Bradley (right) is picture with the award alongside colleagues.
Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards 2012 held at the Stadium of Light - Stuart Smiles, director at Alex Smiles, presented the Large Business of the Year award to The Bridges. Bridges centre director Andy Bradley (right) is picture with the award alongside colleagues.
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“IT is great to be recognised in your own locality for excellent work.”

Bridges shopping centre boss Andy Bradley is used to taking to the stage at the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards, but usually he is handing out trophies rather than collecting them.

Last year he found himself on the receiving end, as the centre was named Large Business of the Year.

For Andy, winning on his own doorstep was the cream of the crop.

“It is nice to win national awards but for the people in your own region to recognise you is more important than anything to me,” he said.

“The Portfolio Awards evening is a brilliant night – it is a fantastic celebration of local businesses and all the good work that goes in Sunderland and a great night.

“We will definitely be entering again this year and I’d recommend anyone to do so.”

The categories 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 Friday.

Sunderland City Council is again our main sponsor, and our Lifetime Achievement Award will be in the council’s gift.

Others 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.