Finalists announced for Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards 2017

The judging panel for the Portfolio Awards.
The judging panel for the Portfolio Awards.

A great line-up of Wearside and East Durham businesses have made it to the shortlist of this year’s Portfolio Awards.

And listed below is the full round-up of all those still in the running for honours.

Managing Editor Gavin Foster with the judging panel at the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards.

Managing Editor Gavin Foster with the judging panel at the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards.

Judges met twice at Port of Call in Sunderland, in the impressive setting of the venue’s tipis which were installed just this summer.

Judges examined every entry before deciding who should progress to the next stage.

After hours of deliberation, they agreed on the finalists and agreed it had been a tough task to whittle down such a high standard of entries. But they eventually narrowed down the field in 17 categories, while the winners of two further categories will be revealed at the finals.

The next stage is the grand final at the Stadium of Light, on Thursday, October 26.

After hours of deliberation, the judges agreed on the finalists. They also agreed it had been a tough task to whittle down such a high standard of entries. But they eventually narrowed down the field in 17 categories, while the winners of two further categories will be revealed at the finals

Echo reporter

Make it Sunderland is again our headline sponsor, and will sponsor our overall Business of the Year Award, as well as a Lifetime Achievement award, which is in the sponsor’s gift.

Make It Sunderland is also backing the contribution social enterprises make to the city in the Social Enterprise Award.

Other sponsors are Northumbrian Water, TTR Barnes, BIC, Sunderland BID, The Bridges, Sunderland College, Wessington Dental, Gentoo, Station Taxis, Creo, The Fans Museum, Stagecoach North East, JB Skills Training, Lumley Castle Hotel, and Sunderland 2021 – the team behind Sunderland’s City of Culture Bid.

Watch out for an eight-page supplement in the Sunderland Echo on Wednesday, October 25 - complete with a reminder of all the shortlisted contenders as well as more details of the awards.

The judging of the Portfolio Awards in the impressive Port of Call venue.

The judging of the Portfolio Awards in the impressive Port of Call venue.

Then, a day later, Sunderland Echo will be there to follow all of the action at the grand finals on October 26 with coverage on social media on the evening.

There will also be a full report in print in the Sunderland Echo in the next day’s edition on October 27. It will include photographs as well as a full list of all of the winners.

And watch out for a full colour supplement the week after the awards, filled with photographs and interviews with all of the trophy winners.

The shortlist

Judging underway at the Portfolio Awards.

Judging underway at the Portfolio Awards.

Small Business of the Year, sponsored by the BIC

NE Blinds

Artventurers

Bespoken Interiors

N​ew World Designs

Medium Business of the Year, sponsored by TTR Barnes

Judges deliberate over the Portfolio Awards.

Judges deliberate over the Portfolio Awards.

Ashford Orthodontics

Peterlee Glass

Rokshaw Ltd

Soho66

Large Business of the Year, sponsored by Sunderland College

Premier Tech Aqua UK

JB Skills Training

Employer of the Year, sponsored by Creo

Sharon Boyd (I.M.P.A.C.T. Northeast)

Rokshaw Ltd

The Bridges

Apprentice/Trainee of the Year, sponsored by Lumley Castle Hotel

Shai Dee Wild

Claudia Bradford

Technology of the Year, sponsored by Stagecoach

Wessington Dental

Consult and Design

Soho66

Quvu Contact Centre Management

Social Enterprise Award, sponsored by Sunderland City Council

East Durham Business Service

Media Savvy CIC

Eco-Enterprises Co-op

City Centre Business of the Year, sponsored by The Bid

Cuppas &Cakes Cafe

Middleton Jewellery Repairs

Robs Butchers

New Business Award, sponsored by The Bridges

Candy Snaps Photobooth &Candy Cart Hire

McDonough Marketing Communications (MMC)

Inflo Limited

Hidden

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Omega Plastics

Soho66

Best Training Provider, sponsored by SAFC Museum

Media Savvy CIC

Sunderland College

New Results Training

JB Skills Training

Exporter of the Year, sponsored by JB Skills

N​ew World Designs

Inflo Limited

Consult and Design

Leisure Business Award, sponsored by Northumbrian Water

Pub Culture (The Peacock & Dun Cow)

The Roker Hotel

Funky Indian

Port of Call

Creative Industries Award, sponsored by the City of Culture Bid

Roar Motion

Artventurers.

N​ew World Designs

Coatsink

Sole Trader of the Year

Candy Snaps Photobooth & Candy Cart Hire

East Coast Fitness

Best Age Friendly Business, sponsored by the Sunderland Echo

Station Taxis

Bespoken Interiors

Fans Museum

Special Community Award, sponsored by Gentoo

Smiths Shoes

The Shippey Campaign

Sunderland Maritime Heritage

MelanomaMe

The winners of the Overall Business of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Awards will be revealed on the night.

Echo Portfolio Judging at Port of Call.
Managing Editor  Gavin Foster

Echo Portfolio Judging at Port of Call. Managing Editor Gavin Foster