Sunderland’s best businesses: Portfolio shortlist revealed

Last year's winners. Who will follow in their footsteps?
Last year's winners. Who will follow in their footsteps?
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The elite in Wearside’s business world are hours away from finding out if they have become competition winners.

The finale of this year’s Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards will be held this Thursday at the Stadium of Light and it has been no easy task in trying to narrow down a field of excellent contenders.

For months, entries poured in for the competition. And when the judges met to narrow down the field, they agreed the standard of entries in this year’s competition was extremely high.

This Thursday, champions will be revealed in categories such as medium business of the year, the best green business award, small business of the year and the leisure category.

There will be winners in the new business section, social enterprise, creative industries, best training provider and employer of the year.

We will also be revealing the large business of the year, the apprentice of the year, technology of the year, and new business of the year. There were honours too for the city centre business of the year, exporter of the year, special community award, and overall business of the year.

A lifetime achievement award will also be announced.

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. This year sees a new category, also sponsored by Make It Sunderland, which will recognise the contribution social enterprises make to the city.

Sponsors are Gentoo, Stagecoach, Andrew James, Station Taxis, TTR Barnes, Thompson Waste, Sunderland BID and Maxim Facilities Management Ltd, The Bridges, Telfer Carpets and Flooring, while Sunderland College is our partner sponsor.

Watch out for a full line-up of all our winners in this Friday’s Sunderland Echo, as well as coverage of the competition on the Echo’s website as well as Twitter.

And we will be bringing you further coverage on Tuesday next week when we publish a supplement filled with interviews with every winner.

Small Business of the Year, (sponsored by The Bridges).

Hadrian Technology.

ARTventurers.

TG Mobile Mechanics.

Consult and Design.

Creo Communications.

East Coast Fitness.

Medium Business of the Year, sponsored by Thompson Skips & Environmental Services.

Speedings Limited.

Sweet Tooth Delivery.

Elliott Westland Insurance Brokers.

New World Nursery.

Harry Burnicle Electrical Mechanical Contractors.

Large Business of the Year, (sponsored by Sunderland College).

Station Taxis.

Age UK Sunderland.

Maxim Facilities Management.

Andrew James UK.

Employer of the Year, (sponsored by TTR Barnes).

The Secret Garden Tea Rooms.

The Bridges.

Pebbletree.

Monumental Training.

Technology of the year, (sponsored by Sunderland Echo).

Maxim Facilites Management.

Andrew James UK.

Unified Software.

Footy.com

New Business Award, (sponsored by Maxim).

Katie’s Garden.

Visual Alert Systems.

My care services.

Footy.com

Port of Call.

City Centre Business, (sponsored by Sunderland BID).

Collinson Jewellers.

Serendipity.

Designerchildrenswear.com

Estrella.

Special Community Award, (sponsored by Gentoo).

Northeast Sports.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue.

Springboard.

Age UK Sunderland.

Best Green Business, (sponsored by Stagecoach).

Niramax Group.

Enviro UK Consultants.

Elm Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions.

Maxim Facilities Management.

Best Training Provider, (sponsored by TTR Barnes).

Carillion Training Services.

Brewlab.

New Results Training.

Expert Tooling and Automation.

Exporter of the Year, (sponsored by Andrew James).

Speedings.

Elm Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions.

Designerchildrenswear.com.

Leisure Award, (sponsored by Station Taxis).

East Coast Fitness, Graham Low.

Skinnypigs, Jonathan Hair.

Serendipity.

The Roker Hotel.

Creative Industries Award, (sponsored by Sunderland Echo).

National Glass Centre.

Cento Clothing.

Viztek.

Sunderland Live.

Apprentice/Trainee of the Year, (sponsored by Telfer Carpets).

Danni Slee.

Adam Walmsley.

Social Enterprise Award, (sponsored by Sunderland City Council).

Kam Chera, The Funky Indian.

I’m bored Northeast, Scott Anderson

ARC Adoption.

• Awards will also be given on the night to the overall business of the year, and for lifetime achievement. Both awards are sponsored by Sunderland City Council