TIME is running out for the best and brightest companies to enter the Echo’s annual business awards.
The Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards 2011 recognise all that is great in business across Wearside, South Tyneside and East Durham.
This year’s awards promise to be the most successful yet
The glittering ceremony will be held at the Stadium of Light on Thursday, October 13.
However, the deadline for entries, Friday, August 26, is fast approaching.
Echo deputy editor Richard Ord said the awards have been a huge success since they were launched seven years ago.
“We have had a great response so far,” he said. “But the awards have a range of categories and we would like to encourage as many businesses as possible to enter.
“We want people to get their applications in with plenty of time to spare.”
Richard said the awards continue to grown in popularity, attracting a flood of entries every year.
“The awards continue to attract a great deal of interest and, as well as honouring the best in business, they also provide an excellent opportunity for companies not only to network, but to sing the praises of their staff and to highlight the great work they do in the community,” he said.
Sunderland City Council is joint main sponsor of the awards this year.
Other sponsors this year include Gentoo, CES Group, Northumbrian Water, Press Ahead, The Bridges, SAFC, University of Sunderland, Morton’s solicitors, Verum Victum, Seaham Hall and TTR Barnes.
“Everyone involved with the awards is confident that the support from sponsors will be matched by the high standards of entries for the competition itself,” added Richard.
Last year’s big winner was Thompson’s Building Centres boss Anne Ganley, who saw her firm scoop the Special Community award before being named Business of the Year.
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 the competition, CLICK HERE