Why we want to meet smaller firms for our Sunderland business awards

Small is beautiful - especially in the Wearside thriving business scene.

Saturday, 4th August 2018, 9:00 am
Updated Sunday, 5th August 2018, 10:43 am
Leader of Sunderland City Council, Coun Graeme Miller, at the launch of the Portfolio Awards.

And those smaller firms are being urged to show off their excellence by entering the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards.

The message to get involved came from Sunderland City Council leader, Coun Graeme Miller.

He said the city was “known for its big industries such as the strong automotive sector led by Nissan and its supply chain, alongside thriving contact centres, software, offshore and renewable energies.

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“But the city is also a hotspot for new and expanding enterprises,” Coun Miller added.

“Supporting new business in Sunderland and encouraging SMEs to locate in the city is central to Sunderland City Council’s economic development plans. And it’s a policy that is paying off.

“In the last decade, the council’s business investment team has attracted 14,500 jobs and £2.5 billion of capital investment to the city – more than any other city of its size in the UK.

“We took strategic and focused decisions about the potential growth sectors for the future and have built three thriving incubator business centres that are part of that long-term commitment to stimulate and develop them. It’s important for creative and hi-tech enterprises to have the right kind of environment where they can thrive, and our centres provide that.”

Coun Miller told of the importance of SMEs and added: “Smaller businesses are very important to our long term success – we’ve seen many start-ups grow into significantly larger operations, investing in the city and region and bringing high quality jobs, talent and confidence to Sunderland.”

We want to hear from the people who make the area tick on the business front but we can only do that if we receive your nominations.

Individuals, businesses themselves - in fact anyone can put forward a nomination for this year’s awards for a company that they feel is deserving of recognition.

There are plenty of well known categories from previous years such as small, medium and large business of the year, as well as exporter of the year.

Or you might want to enter sections such as apprentice of the year, technology of the year or best green business.

Whatever your choice, make sure you get those entries in so that we can honour the very best that Wearside has to offer.

Yet again, we have fantastic backers on board to help make the awards a success.

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.

Make It Sunderland is also backing the contribution social enterprises make to the city in the Social Enterprise Award.

Other sponsors are Northumbrian Water, Gentoo, Stagecoach in Sunderland, The Bid, ResQ, BIC, Maxim Brewery, Sunderland College, Bradley Hall, and PG Legal Commercial Solicitors.

•Get nominating and let’s make this a year of celebration of the best in Wearside business.

To nominate, post your nominations to Lynn Wild, Sunderland Echo, Alexander House, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le- Spring, Sunderland. DH4 5RA.

Alternatively, you can email [email protected]