Simon Goon, Managing Director of Business Durham, said: "The North East Business Awards are a fantastic way to showcase the thriving businesses we have. They celebrate what the region can be proud of across all sectors - innovation, creativity, our skilled workforce and high quality services and products."

"Business Durham works closely with partners to help entrepreneurs trun their bright ideas into successful reality. We're delighted to be a sponsor of the awards and to help illustrate just how successful these companies have become since they first started out with their innovative ideas."


Winning: "In 2016, the Nifco team was thrilled to be named overall Company of the Year in the North East Business Awards for a second time - the first was in 2010. But for us, the awards are not just about winning, although winning is a huge bonus, and something that provides an incredible morale boost for the team, entering awards is a great way of benchmarking Nifco UK against all sectors, across our region. The beauty of these competitions is that, in preparing your submission, you see your strong and weak areas and can tailor your plans accordingly - we encourage all businesses to take part, what have you got to lose?."

Mike Matthews, Managing Director, Nifco UK Ltd.


Sponsoring: "Nifco has been a proud supporter of the North East Business Awards for a number of years and see our continued  sponsorship of the Apprentice category as a way in which to engage with some amazing local businesses who demonstrate true commitment in supporting young people onto the early rungs of the career ladder."

"Our team of judges never fails to be impressed by the enthusiasm, drive and dedication shown by our regions business and, quite often, make improvements to their own departments as a result of judging. Every year the standard and volume of entries increases, which makes the judging process that little bit tougher - every single entrant has just cause to celebrate."

Erika Marshall, Marketing & Communications Manager, Nifco UK Ltd.


Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: "South Tyneside Council is delighted to be supporting the North East Business Awards in the Manufacturing category."

"Manufacturing is the lifeblood of our region, which is home to many thriving companies. The creation of the International Advanced Manufacturing Park will build further on this success, bringing £295m in private sector investment and the creation of over 5,200 new jobs."

"These awards are an excellent opportunity to celebrate the wealth of manufacturing talent - both established and emerging - we have here in the North East."


Michael Roy, General Manager - Connection Retail - "It was great to have won both our nominated awards on the night. We went there obviously hopeful, but never expecting the win. We brought along quite a few staff from throughout the company and it was a perfect thank you both to them and those that couldn't come, for the hard work that's gone into growing our business."

"I think everyone there that night  could see how much it meant to us by our reaction when the announcement was made. Onwards to the national finals now and all fingers will be crossed on our side for hopefully another win to bring back with us to the North East"

LindaConlon, Chief Executive, International Centre for Life.- "There's a perception amongst some people that not-for-profit organisations are run by cuddly bunny types who only consider the mission and not the margin. Nothing could be further from the truth. It's really great, therefore, to be recognised for running an efficent business which just happens to be a chairty. Winning the award has been wonderful for our trustees, staff and stakeholders and has also been an accolade recognised by funders as well. We are very greateful to the Chamber and the sponsors for setting up this category- I would really encourage others to enter."