FROM jewellery designers to farm produce shops, firms from a host of industries are lining up to enter the Echo’s Portfolio Business Awards.
Our annual celebration gives organisations the chance to highlight their achievements and take their place among the region’s success stories.
Now in its 10th year, the awards not only recognise the individual achievements of businesses on Wearside, but also their role in promoting the area.
With just days before the deadline for entries, organisations from a range of sectors and industries, including printing firms, wealth management companies, manufacturing and transport businesses and charities, have put themselves forward for the honours.
Echo deputy editor Richard Ord said: “It’s great to see such a variety of firms and organisations entering the awards.
“It doesn’t matter what area you’re operating in, we have a category available that will give you the opportunity to shine.”
As well as our overall Business of the Year award, categories are: Small Business (up to 10 employees); Medium Business (11–50 employees); Large Business (over 50 employees); Employer of the Year; Employee of the Year; Technology; New Business (under two years); Special Community Award; Green Business; Training; Export; Leisure and Creative Industries.
Entering the awards is free and could hardly be easier, with everything done online.
But you’ll need to get a move on – the deadline is this Friday.
Sunderland City Council is again our main sponsor, and our Lifetime Achievement Award will be in the council’s gift.
Other sponsors include Grafton Group, Mortons, The Bridges, Azure, CES Group, Northumbrian Water, SAFC, Sunderland University, Thompson Waste Centres, Gentoo and TTR Barnes.
Black Cats legend Kevin Ball will be the speaker at our awards night at the Stadium of Light on Thursday, October 10. To enter, visit the awards website at www.echoportfolioawards.co.uk