Thriving small businesses and innovative young entrepreneurs are due to gain the credibility and recognition they deserve for putting the North East on the map at one of the most prestigious business awards of the year.
Sponsored by some of the biggest names in business across the region, the ‘Northern Star Awards’ at Newcastle City Library on Wednesday 25th March will be a must-not-miss event in the calendar for those involved in enterprise across the North East.
The awards ceremony will be held in the Bewick Hall at Newcastle City Library from 5.30pm to 8pm and welcomes a host of guest speakers scheduled to present the awards and share their stories throughout the evening.
An event to champion and celebrate the continuous determination, passion and enthusiasm of small business owners and young entrepreneurs in our region, the awards will be a culmination of success stories shortlisted by organisers Project North East, The Prince’s Trust, TEDCO and Sage (UK) Limited.
Geoff Phillips (Head of SSB Marketing at Sage) said: “Although Sage is now a global company helping millions of small businesses around the world, our headquarters are still based in Newcastle and we remain committed and loyal to the city and wider North East region. Our success is testament to the fact that anyone with a good idea, hard work ethic and the right support around them can make their dreams come true which is why we wanted to lend our support to the Northern Star Awards as both sponsors and judges.”
The North East’s leading enterprise agencies have joined forces to create a truly special event that seeks to showcase emerging talent in our region, instil confidence in those looking to follow in their footsteps and inspire the community to show their support for independent businesses on our doorstep.
As Melissa Middleton, Business Support Manager of Project North East explains, “Passionate people doing passionate things for themselves and others is exactly what these awards are demonstrating and what will be showcased throughout. It’s certainly hotting up to be the most influential business awards ceremony of 2015.”
Carole White, CEO of TEDCO Business Support Ltd added “It’s fantastic to see fresh new talent emerging and for TEDCO, who are committed to helping new businesses to start up and grow across the North East it’s a delight to sponsor the start-up category.”
The Northern Star Awards are aimed at young people aged 18 to 30 years old who are currently running their own small business here in the North East. As a charity dedicated to inspiring younger generations, The Prince’s Trust is delighted to be celebrating the successes of young people in our region with Adam McDowell saying:
“We’ve seen some of the UK’s most inspiring young people celebrated for overcoming huge challenges to achieve their dreams – the opportunities available here in the North East for young people are fantastic and we look forward to seeing how our Northern Stars progress and go on to achieve great things.”
There will be six awards presented at the final at Newcastle City Library on 25th March:
* ‘Digital Business of the Year’ (sponsored by Go Digital Newcastle)
* ‘Innovative Business of the Year’ (sponsored by Sage)
* ‘New Business of the Year’ (sponsored by TEDCO)
* ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ (sponsored by PNE Enterprise)
* ‘Broke Through a Barrier’ (sponsored by The Prince’s Trust) and
* ‘Young Business Person of the Year’
In addition, there will be an overall ‘Northern Star Award 2015’ chosen by a panel of judges from the above category winners.
Working closely with Newcastle City Council, Project North East, TEDCO, The Prince’s Trust and other business support agencies over a number of years to promote entrepreneurship to young people and support those who have started their own businesses, John Musham from Newcastle City Council said “It’s great to see the achievements of young people in business being recognised for the first time with their own awards and a dedicated event. It is also a massive boost to have Sage as main sponsor. Sage are a hugely successful global business but also a local business with their foundations in the North East and supporting us in this way demonstrates their commitment to local small business growth.”
Business & IP Centre Newcastle at the City Library has become an invaluable resource for small businesses and entrepreneurs whose expert skills, knowledge and services continue to add diversity to our region. All nominations have been judged by a panel involving representatives from PNE, Newcastle City Council, TEDCO, The Prince’s Trust and Sage (UK) Limited.
The Northern Star Awards are not only a perfect opportunity for the small businesses and young entrepreneurs involved to showcase their businesses on a wider scale and gain fantastic PR, they are also a chance to instil confidence and hope in young graduates, apprentices and budding entrepreneurs that there is a world of work out there in which their skills, knowledge and experience is of tremendous value.
Whether they choose to go down the route of self-employment now, or later in life, the North East is a great place to do business.
To follow the event online, keep an eye on the @BIPCNewcastle Tweets on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th March.