Changing times at Exchange

Sunderland Quayside Exchange marketing assistant Nicky Hayer and general manager Luke Balcombe.'Portfolio Awards 2011 entrant.

Sunderland Quayside Exchange marketing assistant Nicky Hayer and general manager Luke Balcombe.'Portfolio Awards 2011 entrant.

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SUNDERLAND’S Quayside Exchange has its eye on the prize.

The High Street East venue is one of the first entrants for this year’s Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards.

“We have made a few changes at the venue and entering the awards seemed like a great way to show people what we are doing and let them know about the new stuff we are offering,” said marketing assistant Nicky Hayer.

The Quayside Exchange’s entry for the Small Business Fewer than 50 Employees category highlights how the family-owned business has adapted to beat the recession by widening its appeal with events such as wedding fairs, family fun days, and markets.

Drawing up the award entry had been a worthwhile exercise in its own right, said Nicky.

“It makes you think about what you are doing in the long term,” she said.

The Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards recognise all that is best in business across Wearside, South Tyneside and East Durham.

Sunderland City Council has been joint main sponsor for several years and this year is going it alone. Other sponsors this year include Gentoo, CES Group, Northumbrian Water, Press Ahead, The Bridges, SAFC, University of Sunderland, Morton’s solicitors, Azure and TTR Barnes.

Entering the awards is free, so they are the perfect way for businesses to raise their profile without breaking the bank.

This year’s awards categories are: Entrepreneur of the Year; Special Community; Technology; Green Business; Small Business below 50 employees; Small business, 50 employees or more; Employer; Employee; Young Business; Training; Manufacturing and Creative Industries, plus a Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Sunderland Council.

To enter or to book a table for the presentation evening on October 13, visit www.echoportfolioawards.co.uk

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