Tough job for judges in Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards

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The elite in Wearside’s business world will soon find out if they won a prestigious title.

Judges have chosen the winners for this year’s Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards.

They also agreed the standard of entries in this year’s competition was extremely high and every contender could have been a winner.

Champions were chosen in categories such as medium business of the year, the best green business award, small business of the year and the leisure category.

There were 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.

Also, a lifetime achievement award will also be announced at the awards finale.

Managing editor Gavin Foster said: “It has been an engaging and yet a difficult process and thanks go to everyone who has been a part of that.”

Judges praised the motivation and excitement for the future of Wearside’s business environment.

They said they were encouraged by the inspirational way that entrepreneurs in the city were pursuing their business dreams and making them happen.

This year’s awards will be presented at the Stadium of Light on Thursday, October 15.

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.