Newcomer of the Year

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Purpose of Competition

This award is open to companies in the region that have been in operation for a maximum of three years as at January 1, 2018.

Judging Criteria

The judges will pay particular attention to:


  • The origins of the company and how it started out.
  • The company’s business plan (you must attach a business plan) and indications of how it has been pursued so far.
  • What differentiates the company’s products/services from their competitors?
  • Managerial and financial performance, with evidence.
  • The background of the directors.
  • Notable achievements to date.
  • Potential for growth.
  • Evidence of commitment and imagination in the product or service.
  • Evidence that the company addresses equality and diversity in the workforce.


The competition is not open to the category sponsors or Trinity Mirror North East publications.


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

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