“Winning the North East Business of the Year is amongst the highlights in our 15 years of growth. It’s such a fantastically supported event – with great competitors, sponsors and judges.  It means so much to all of our people, the sense of pride they get from being recognised on such a prestigious platform has created a great sense of togetherness at a time when physical proximity between colleagues is such a challenge.  News of the win is something we’ve really enjoyed sharing with our customers. We’re a proud North East business, as are a huge number of our clients. To be acknowledged in such fashion means the world.  The enthusiasm it has created has been a fantastic contributor to another year of record sales and growth at Aspire and helped us to attract incredibly talented people to join the Aspire family.  I would encourage everyone to get involved in the awards, there are a huge variety of great categories and I can’t wait to hear about the achievements of the companies who will be competing.”

Chris Fraser, Managing Director, Aspire Technology Group


“We certainly did enjoy being part of the ceremony and we have had so much fun getting the full team involved with taking the award around the business and making everyone feel they contributed to this award, it certainly boosted morale further in knowing they are part of a winning team.”

Vikki Jackson-Smith, Managing Director, J&B Recycling


“Being named Company of the Year 2019 at the North East Business Awards Grand Final felt like the culmination of the journey Tharsus has been on over the last 10 years.

“The award provided a real boost to all our colleagues, growing a business is never easy, so external recognition of everyone’s effort and what has been achieved is always welcome.

“The awards nights are fantastic events and one that our colleagues really enjoyed attending, which was evident by the very vocal support for our victories from our tables.”

Brian Palmer, CEO, Tharsus Group


“It was fantastic to hear our name read out as a winner amongst some great companies who were considered in the same category.  It is brilliant to have some external recognition of the endless hard work and dedication that our whole team put into Barrier Ex.

“The award has pride of place in our office and it serves as motivation for our team as to what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.

“The award means a lot to the business.  It helps us attract the best talent and for a young growing and ambitious business like ourselves the award win really helps us with our profile which is particularly helpful when talking to our international clients”.

Steve Lee, Managing Director, Barrier Ex Limited


“The entrepreneurial spirit is at the heart of the Virgin brand, and Virgin Money is proud to support the North East Business Awards by sponsoring the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ category.

“Virgin Money has sponsored this award since 2012, which helps ensure that successful new businesses in the region get the recognition they deserve as they embrace the spirit of adventure.

“It provides a fantastic opportunity to highlight the breadth and depth of entrepreneurship and innovation in the region, with new businesses building employment and skills, and making a real difference in their sectors.

“Through our support for this award, we have heard many inspirational stories of new businesses and, just as Virgin Money has continued to prosper in the region, it is fantastic to see the success of other companies.

“The awards are an amazing celebration of successful companies in the region, helping to encourage more new companies in the future.

Simon Hall, Corporate Communications, Virgin Money


“Thank you to all your team for staging such a fantastic event.  Conscious that there’s a lot that goes on behind the scene, obviously delighted with the outcome for our team.  But on a serious note, the organisation and communication throughout the process was first class #thankyou.”

Andrew Mackay, Managing Director, Coleman James


“Merit has been part of the North East business landscape for a number of years now. Taking home the Company of the Year award in 2018 was such an achievement and we were so proud to have been recognised for this accolade. The awards’ entry process is easy to follow – from completing the awards submission to the judging process – it was all a pleasure! The recognition we have gained from participating in the process means that we have raised our profile in the region and of course we also get the chance to regularly mention that we were awarded 2018’s North East Company of the Year!”

Vicki McGregor, Sales & Marketing Manager, Merit


“We entered for a number of reasons but primarily it was to help the business, and its team, gain recognition in the region for its massive achievements attained in its short time of trade and to gain brand recognition. It’s not just about the award itself, however, the pre and post-show marketing and PR received were great assets for brand building and the awards night itself a stunning showcase of great North East businesses, and a great opportunity to share our success with our team and clients by hosting a table.”

Emily Bentley, Marketing & Business Development Manager, Communicate Technology PLC


“Entering on-line was really simple and the awards night itself was well-organised and great fun as well as a fantastic celebration of the North East!”

Lyndsey Gott, HR Business Partner, Quorn Foods

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