Extra week to enter Sunderland business awards as deadline extended

Portfolio Business Awards 2010 - Anne Ganley of Thompson Building Services winner of Business of the Year
Portfolio Business Awards 2010 - Anne Ganley of Thompson Building Services winner of Business of the Year
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GO ON then – we’ll give you another week.

The deadline for this year’s Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards was due to expire today – but after a rush of last-minute inquiries, we’ve decided to extend it to next Friday.

All you have to do is visit the website www.echoportfolioawards.co.uk and enter your details online.

This year, we’ll be honouring companies that do business overseas in our new export category. We’ve also introduced a new award for medium-size businesses, which have between 11 and 50 employees, while retaining our small business (under 10 employees) and large business (more than 50 employees) categories.

We’re also recognising the important role served by the leisure industry with a category for this sector, while retaining our training, technology, creative industries as well as employer and employee of the year awards.

Our green award recognises those firms doing their bit for the globe, while businesses which have been in operation for less than two years can enter our new business category.

The new business creation award offers entrepreneurs the chance to win mentoring from Sunderland University’s Bernie Callaghan and Harland Hair and Beauty’s Darren Williams.

We also have our lifetime achievement award – won last year by Thompson Building Centres’ Anne Ganley – and overall business of the year.

Sunderland City Council is again our main sponsor, along with Northumbrian Water, Sunderland University, Gentoo, Azure, CES Group, SAFC, Press Ahead, Morton’s Solicitors, The Bridges, Thompson Building Centres, Nissan, Barclays, TTR Barnes, O’Brien Waste Recycling Solutions, Verum Victum and Harland Hair and Beauty.

The winners will be announced at a Stadium of Light dinner on October 11. To book, email bernice@sortedpr.com

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