Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards: All you need to know - and how to enter

Who will you nominate in the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards?
Who will you nominate in the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards?
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It’s back! The annual search for the Wearside industry’s winners has returned.

We’re ready to begin our quest to find the best that business has to offer through the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards.

The launch of 2016's Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards. Council Leader Paul Watson and Echo business reporter Kevin Clark.

The launch of 2016's Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards. Council Leader Paul Watson and Echo business reporter Kevin Clark.

And we want to get off to the perfect start - and you can help us do it by nominating top-class entries.

HOW TO NOMINATE

Individuals, businesses themselves - anyone can put forward a nomination for this year’s awards for a company they feel deserves recognition.

State which category your nomination applies to from the list and describe the reasons for your nomination - no more than 300 words.

Post your nomination to: Nicola Meldrum, Alexander House, Second Floor, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 5RA.

You can also enter a nomination via email. Email nicola.meldrum@jpress.co.uk or lynn.wild@jpress.co.uk.

THE CATEGORIES

Small Business of the Year (under 10 Employees)

The Judges will make their decision based on dedication, commitment, proven success and imagination. Financial results will be considered (when given) but will be a secondary factor to those mentioned.

Medium Business of the Year (11- 50 Employees)

We would like to know what makes your business successful, what makes it stand out from the crowd and what it offers that its competitors do not.

Large Business of the Year (50 plus Employees)

We would like to know what makes your business successful, what makes it stand out from the crowd and what it offers that its competitors do not.

Employer of the Year

The employer of the year should be considerate of its staff’s welfare, reward loyalty and promote a safe and relaxed working atmosphere.

Technology of the Year

Judges will look at how technology has been used to benefit your business or how the technological advances you have implemented benefit the wider reaches.

New Business (under two years)

The Judges will make their decision based on business success and growth. At the same time the judges will take into account a range of factors, including how the business was taken from concept to reality. Financial results will be considered (when given) but will be a secondary factor to those mentioned above.

City Centre Business of the Year

Judges will be looking for an outstanding city centre business.

Special Community Award

We would like to see how successful your plan was and how it was a positive promotion for the area.

Best Green Business Award

This award is to show us how you’ve implemented green measures into the organisation and tell us how these measures have benefited you and the local community.

Best Training Provider

The judges will be looking for an individual or an organisation that have made significant contributions to enhance the skill levels of their own business or another business.

Exporter of the Year

The Judges will make their decision based on the success of the company in breaking into export markets or in growing their products/services internationally. Any financial information provided will be treated in confidence.

Leisure Award

The judges will make their decision based on the services provided by the entrant along with their innovation, proven track record, value for money and standards of service. This category is open to bars, restaurants, hotel industries along with applicants from leisure centres, sports complexes etc.

Creative Industries Award

Show us how what you do impacts on the area, how commercially successful you are and how innovative you have been.

Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

We are looking for an individual who shows dedication, commitment and willingness to gain comprehensive knowledge of their chosen field.

Social Enterprise Award

We would like to award this to a business that trades for a social and/or environmental purpose. It will have a clear sense of its ‘social mission’: which means it will know what difference it is trying to make, who it aims to help, and how it plans to do it. It will bring in most or all of its income through selling goods or services. And it will also have clear rules about what it does with its profits, reinvesting these to further the ‘social mission’.

Overall Business of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Sole Trader of the Year

Best Age Friendly Business of the Year

A WORD FROM OUR SPONSORS

Sunderland City Council is fully behind this year’s search for Wearside’s best in business.

Its Make it Sunderland campaign 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.

The campaign is also backing the contribution social enterprises make to the city in the Social Enterprise Award.

Other sponsors are Maxim, K&L Groundworks, Gentoo and Age UK Sunderland.

Council leader Coun Paul Watson said: “It is great to see the continuing support from businesses, from local industry and from the Sunderland Echo, and I am very proud to be a part of that.

“We understand the importance of the small and medium-sized enterprise on the economy in Sunderland. It is the bedrock of the economy, and to encourage and support SMEs the best we can is a duty of the local economy.

“It is gratifying to see other people pitching in and doing their bit. If you look historically, the winners and the people who have been successful, there are lots who are the lifeblood of the city in SMEs and micro businesses. It has given

them a great boost.”

WHY YOU SHOULD NOMINATE

Joy Yates, Editorial Director of Johnston Press North East, added: “This is an exciting time to be in business in Sunderland. We have a city boasting incredible development and regeneration schemes.

“We have been referred to by the Prime Minister David Cameron as a beacon of social enterprise activity.

“We have a Premier League football team, regularly play host to stars of the world’s music scene and before long we will be the international centre of attention when The Tall Ships Races come to Wearside.

“All this helps to create prosperity by bringing in interest and finance to our city.

“But inside Wearside, we already have plenty to shout about. We have great businesses of all sizes and they are competing at regional, national and international level.

“We have companies which are the equal of any other part of the UK and we want to celebrate them by encouraging them to enter the Portfolio Awards.

“The difficult economic times may not yet be behind us, but our city is leading by example in looking to a better future.

“Let’s mark that by rewarding the excellence that exists in our city.”

There’s plenty of time to enter before the closing date for nominations of Friday, September 2.

And once the shortlist is chosen, we will reveal the winners at the grand finale on Thursday, October 13, at the Stadium of Light.

So come on, get nominating, and let’s make this a year of celebration of the best in Wearside business.