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Contenders are ready to do battle [Evening Gazette (UK)]
[February 12, 2013]

Contenders are ready to do battle [Evening Gazette (UK)]

(Evening Gazette (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ARE you in the running On March 14 the winners of Teesside's Business Awards 2013 will be announced.

Judges have been working hard in recent weeks to whittle down entries into today's shortlist and triumphant Teesside's firms will be honoured at Teesside University.

Successful companies and organisations will also receive awards in Durham and Wearside and Tyneside and Northumberland.

And along with Teesside's finest, they will all battle it out at the North-east final on April 25 at Hardwick Hall near Sedgefield. Organised by the Evening Gazette and The Journal, the awards aim to recognise achievement, encourage excellence and celebrate success.

Those in the running on Teesside are: COMPANY OF THE YEAR - sponsored by Tees Valley Unlimited Nifco UK, Eaglescliffe - in the last 18 months the car parts manufacturer has embarked on a Pounds 19.5m investment programme including the building and move to a new state-of-the-art 130000 sq ft manufacturing facility.

ElringKlinger (GB), Redcar - the car parts maker last year set out plans to double turnover to Pounds 26m in the next five years and create scores of new jobs.

Double Eleven, Middlesbrough - the cutting edge games designer last year scored success with its new title, LittleBigPlanet, for Sony's PS VITA.

EXPORT AWARD - sponsored by PD Ports SSI UK, Redcar - with steel making restarted in 2012, the site has now produced more than two million tonnes of steel for its Thailand-based owner.

JDR Cables, Hartlepool - around 90% of products and services from this expert in global offshore energy is overseas customers.

Cleveland Cascades, Thornaby - 93% of sales for the producer of telescopic loading chutes comes from overseas.

HEART OF THE COMMUNITY AWARD - sponsored by TTE DCS&D, trading as Heritage Healthcare, Darlington - Heritage Healthcare is committed to the communities in which it operates by enabling residents to maintain their independence through being able to continue to live in their own homes. Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Hartlepool - the management team on site drives initiatives which engage with the community at large.

Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, Middlesbrough - the group's purpose is to raise and allocate funds to assist community groups within Middlesbrough and the rest of Teesside. INNOVATION AWARD - sponsored by Nifco UK Durable Technologies, Hartlepool - designs and manufactures lighting controls for commercial buildings.

Glanbia Nutritionals UK, Middlesbrough - the manufacturer of nutritional and functional ingredient solutions to the food, beverage, supplement, and animal nutrition industries embarked on an ambitious programme of internal development.

ElringKlinger (GB), Redcar - has designed and developed a sophisticated precision manufacturing process to seal automotive parts.

CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY AND ENVIRONMENT AWARD J&B Recycling, Hartlepool - the waste management company has a range of projects and community initiatives.

Teesside Shopping Park, Stockton - the park's biodiversity project scooped a Green Apple award from the Green Organisation, a global independent environmental group. Lingfield Point, Darlington - a low carbon community built around a former wool factory which will eventually include a school, parkland and sports pitches as well as a health centre, shops and restaurants.

MANUFACTURING AWARD - sponsored by ABB Consulting Nifco UK, Eaglescliffe - the car parts manufacturer hopes to double turnover to Pounds 60m by 2015.

ElringKlinger (GB), Redcar - the car parts maker works for clients including General Motors, BMW Mini and Jaguar Land Rover.

Cleveland Cascades, Thornaby - the firm's Cascade Loading System enables safe and efficient loading of often problematic bulk materials.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - sponsored by Virgin Money Nortech Solutions, Wynyard - an engineering design and project management company.

Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical, Thornaby - an expert in submarine cable and flexible product installation and trenching workscopes for oil and gas, offshore renewables, power and telecommunications clients.

Wells Solutions, Stockton - provides electrical contracting services.

INTERNET AND ICT - sponsored by Teesside University Visualsoft, Stockton - offers various services including web design, development and online marketing to online retailers.

Wells Solutions, Stockton - it has invested in a new B2B ecommerce platform to sell IT equipment, WEE approved, end of life and recycled IT equipment.

Fifteen Digital, Darlington - provider of website creation, search engine optimisation, email marketing, pay per click, social media and IT services.

SERVICES AWARD Odyssey Systems, Stockton - a provider of communications solutions. Lemon Business Solutions, Stockton - a 24/ 7 call centre located at Preston Farm Business Park.

Visualsoft, Stockton - it has established itself as an eCommerce expert, constantly developing cutting edge features.

SMALL BUSINESS AWARD Fifteen Digital, Darlington - has a team of 11 based at Lingfield Point.

Nortech Solutions, Billingham - has created 71 new jobs in its first two years.

Echo Digital Media, Hartlepool - based at Queen Meadow Business Park. It employs seven.

FINALISTS: From top left, Mike Matthews shows Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg around the Nifco factory; Ian Malcolm from engine component maker Elring Klinger; Lee Hutchinson CEO of Double Eleven; Phil Dryden of SSI; Andy Preston, chairman of Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation; The Cleveland Cascades factory; Reef Subsea's Trench ROV; Teesside Shopping Park; Mike Odysseas, Managing Director of Odyssey System and Bryan Bunn, MD of Nortech Solutions.

Have you booked Winners at the three sub-regional events will go forward to the grand final in April.

Dates for your diary are: Durham and Wearside - Stadium of Light, Sunderland, March 7. Teesside - Olympia Building, Teesside University, March 14.

Tyneside and Northumberland - Newcastle Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park, March 21.

Regional Final - Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield, April 25. For more information visit Or contact Sue Coulson, head of regional events, ncjMedia, Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED - 0191 201 6072 or sue.coulson@trinitymirror.

com Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this year's awards.

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Other regions DURHAM AND WEARSIDE COMPANY OF THE YEAR sponsored by Press Ahead Darchem, Stillington Derwentside Homes, Stanley ALM Engineering, Newton Aycliffe EXPORT AWARD sponsored by UK Trade and Investment Rayovac, Washington Oil Consultants, Washington Velocity, Sunderland HEART OF THE COMMUNITY AWARD sponsored by Alex Smiles Derwentside Homes, Stanley EDF Energy, Sunderland Sunderland Football Club INNOVATION AWARD sponsored by Business Durham 4th Aspect, Houghton le Spring Lamplas, Consett Elddis Transport, Consett CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY AND ENVIRONMENT AWARD Elddis Transport, Consett EDF Energy, Sunderland Kookaburra, Peterlee MANUFACTURING AWARD ALM Products, Newton Aycliffe Rayovac, Washington Design Express, Consett NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR sponsored by Virgin Money Where The Trade Buys, Sunderland Pitbull Studios, Sunderland Lingotot, Stanley INTERNET AND ICT AWARD sponsored by University of Sunderland 4th Aspect, Houghton le Spring Workcast, Houghton le Spring JBI, Durham SERVICES AWARD sponsored by 1879 Events Management Station Taxis, Sunderland Oil Consultants, Washington Checked and Vetted, Sunderland SMALL BUSINESS AWARD sponsored by Darchem Engineering Lingotot, Stanley Design Express, Consett Oil Consultants, Washington TYNESIDE AND NORTHUMBERLAND COMPANY OF THE YEAR sponsored by Deloitte Port of Tyne, South Shields Express Engineering, Gateshead Chirton Engineering, North Shields EXPORT AWARD sponsored by UK Trade and Investment Tharsus Group, Blyth Eutechnyx, Gateshead Cundall, Newcastle HEART OF THE COMMUNITY AWARD sponsored by G4S Mucklle LLP, Newcastle Falcons Community Foundation, Newcastle Northumbria University, Newcastle INNOVATION AWARD sponsored by Newcastle University Business School QUESTUAV, Amble Tharsus Group, Blyth, Newcastle CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY AND ENVIRONMENT AWARD sponsored by SCA Quorom Business Park, Newcastle Mucklle LLP, Newcastle Community Energy Solutions, Boldon MANUFACTURING AWARD sponsored by FW Capital Express Engineering, Gateshead Ford Aerospace, South Shields Astley Signs, Gateshead NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR sponsored by Virgin Money QUESTUAV, Amble Route Monkey, Newcastle Spurreli, Amble INTERNET AND ICT AWARD sponsored by Mincoffs Solicitors LLP Route Monkey, Newcastle Pink Boutique, Prestwick The All-in One Company, Ashington SERVICES AWARD sponsored by Newcastle Airport Quorom Business Park, Newcastle Close House Hotel & Golf, Heddon on The Wall Thoburn & Chapman, South Shields SMALL BUSINESS AWARD sponsored by North Star Ventures Chirton Engineering, North Shields QUESTUAV, Amble Aspire Technology Solution, Hebburn WELCOME The spirit of competition The whole of Teesside is a Business battleground.

Where would we be without the spirit of competition that drives each firm to be bigger and better than its neighbour and better again than the also-rans who challenge us from outside the region.

Our 2020 Vision campaign is all about working together for the future of Teesside. But as we show on these pages today, there must always be healthy competition between our companies.

We all have that fight within us - the credit will go to those who earn the respect of their fellow Teessiders as they do it.

MIKE HUGHES, Business Editor LET US KNOW Business Editor Mike Hughes: 01642 234307 Twitter: @gazettebusiness Web: Deputy Business Editor Karen McLauchlan: 01642 234651 LAST WEEK...

MON: Teesside deserves a place at the table of the country's cities, says Stephen Catchpole, managing director of Tees Valley unlimited.

TUE: Stockton-based IT provider Onyx Group announces another exceptional trading year as revenue increased 12% during 2012 to almost Pounds 20m.

WED: Some of the biggest business names in the region put their weight behind The Gazette's Let's Grow campaign. THUR: Thornaby telecoms company Main-Tel wins a major contract with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customers (HMRC).

FRI: Prime Minister David Cameron praises the Local Business Accelerators initiative which the Gazette is hosting on Teesside. YESTERDAY: Logistics firm, AV Dawson signs a 40-year-deal to site a pioneering waste-to-energy plant at its Riverside Park base in Middlesbrough.

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