Major employer puts its weight behind the Best of Wearside Awards

An awards sponsor is looking forward to hearing all about the exceptional Wearside people who are nominated for honours.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 4:27 pm
BGL which is the headline backer of this year's Best of Wearside Awards.
BGL which is the headline backer of this year's Best of Wearside Awards.

BGL is on board as the headline sponsor of this year’s Best of Wearside Awards.

And Director of Communications Caroline Raines explained why the company was so happy to be backing the search for Sunderland and County Durham heroes.

The awards are searching for the elite in fields such as Child of Courage, Young Voice of Wearside, Green Champion, Fundraiser of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.

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The Best of Wearside Awards 2020.

We also want to find winners in categories such as Child of Achievement, Student of the Year and Sporting Achievement of the Year.

She said: “Here in the North East there are so many shining examples of positive work in our communities that are worth shouting about. We look forward to hearing more inspirational stories of this year’s nominees doing exceptional things.”

With more than 10 million customers, BGL is a leading digital distributor of insurance and household financial services via brands including, Budget Insurance, Dial Direct and Beagle Street.

The Group employs more than 3,000 people including 700 at its offices in St Catherine’s Court, Sunderland.

Caroline added: “We’re proud to be the headline sponsor for the Best of Wearside Awards 2020 as supporting the community is part of who we are at BGL. We want to make a tangible difference to people’s lives and in the

last four years we have helped more than 309,583 people with our charity work.”

This year’s competition has backing from headline sponsor BGL, partner sponsor Utility Alliance, partner sponsor Gentoo, and category sponsors Marelli and Wearside Audi.

We thank them for getting on board, and now comes your turn to get involved. We hope you will inundate us with entries and make the job of the judges that much harder.

Take a look at the categories, read the entry instructions, and your favourite cause will be a step closer to hopefully winning a Best of Wearside title.


:: Community Group of the Year.

:: Student of the Year.

:: Green Champion of the Year.

:: Child of Courage.

:: Child of Achievement.

:: Young Voice of Wearside.

:: Fundraiser of the Year.

:: Volunteer of the Year.

:: Sporting Achievement of the Year.

::Community Champion Award.


To nominate, send your name, address and telephone number, plus your email address, if applicable. Remember to include the category you are putting your nominated cause into.

Also send the name of the person you wish to nominate, and their address, telephone number and email (if known).

Send all of that to Lynn Wild by no later than March 2. Judging will be held that same week with the finale at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday, April 1.

There are three ways to nominate.

l Post to Lynn Wild, North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC), Wearfield Enterprise Park East, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR5 2TA.

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