BOSSES at city housing firm Gentoo say they didn’t hesitate for a second when signing up to sponsor the Echo’s Portfolio Business Awards.
The company sponsored last year’s Employer of the Year gong, and are back on board for this October’s glamorous bash, which will be compered by BBC Newcastle’s Alfie Joey.
Gentoo will sponsor the Special Community Award this year.
Gentoo’s chief executive, Peter Walls, said: “At Gentoo, we feel it’s important to recognise the hard work and commitment of organisations who help make the North East a great place to live and work, and what better way to do it?
“We all have an opportunity to make a huge difference to the community and the society of which we are all a part, so we can’t wait to see how people are making positive changes in their areas.
“Good luck to everyone entering the awards.” This year sees the return of many of our most popular categories.
Our New Business (under two years), Best Training Provider, Exporter and Employer of the year awards are back. Also returning are our Technology, Green Business, Leisure and Small (under 10 employees), Medium (11-plus employees) and Large (over 50 employees) Business categories.
This year sees the debut of two new categories: Apprentice/Trainee of the Year and City Centre Business of the Year. Sunderland City Council is again our main sponsor and is backing our Overall Business of the Year category and a Lifetime Contribution Award.
Closing date for entries is Friday, August 29.
To enter, go to www.nepress.co.uk/sejj/portfolio_awards_2014/index.html.