Best Creative Company

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Purpose of Competition

The creative sector plays an ever-increasing role in the economy. In the North East, the number of new and developing creative businesses is expanding rapidly. Whether it be fashion or jewellery design, photography, designer-makers, pottery or fine art, a growing number of the region's entrepreneurs are building business opportunities through their creativity.

Judging Criteria

To succeed in the flourishing creative sector, businesses need confidence, optimism, persistence, passion and risk-taking. In this category the judges will be looking to recognise and celebrate the achievement of a creative business which has demonstrated:

  • Innovation and business creativity
  • Good business practice
  • Determination to succeed
  • Commercial success


The category is open to North East based individuals and businesses working within the cultural and creative sector and employing less than 100 people. The category is not open to the sponsors of this category. The competition is not open to Trinity Mirror North East publications.


All business and financial information will be treated in the strictest confidence, however will be shared with the panel of judges and its advisors, The Journal and The Gazette. Please read the category questions carefully and provide enough relevant information to enable the assessors to form a clear picture of your achievements.

Please note, the Best Creative Company Award is  presented at the nebusiness awards Grand Final which is held on 26th April 2018 at Hardwick Hall.  We do not have this category at our 3 regional heats. The sponsors take all entries and shortlist down to 3, so with this category we could infact have 3 people from the same region competing against each other at the Grand Final. The closing date for this category is 26th January 2018.

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