The winners of the Sage Northern Star Awards 2015 are…

3 years ago

Over 100 people came together last night to celebrate the ‘Sage Northern Star Awards 2015‘ at Newcastle City Library.

Organised, sponsored and judged by Newcastle City Council, Sage, The Prince’s Trust and local enterprise agencies PNE Group and TEDCO, the event was created to champion and celebrate the determination, passion and enthusiasm of young entrepreneurs aged 18-30 across the North East.

There were 6 awards up for grabs with 3 businesses shortlisted for each. The winners were:

* ‘Innovative Business of the Year’ (sponsored by Sage) = Amy Fetiss (For Your Inspiration)
* ‘Digital Business of the Year’ (sponsored by Go Digital Newcastle) = Chloe Hall (Bumble & Bloom Media)
* ‘New Business of the Year’ (sponsored by TEDCO) = Michael Carling & Simon Coward (Iglouu)
* ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ (sponsored by PNE Enterprise) = Joanna Wake (RAW Digital Training)
* ‘Broke Through a Barrier’ (sponsored by The Prince’s Trust) = Niyc Pidgeon (Optimall You)
* ‘Young Business Person of the Year’ = Kayley Smith (Sweet Tooth Delivery)

Winners of the Northern Star Awards 2015
Sage Northern Star Awards winners (L-R) – Joanna Wake, Kayley Smith, Chloe Hall, Simon Coward, Niyc Pidgeon, Michael Carling, Amy Fettis. Photo by @stevebrockphoto
In addition, the overall ‘Sage Northern Star 2015’ chosen by the panel of judges from the above category winners was Niyc Pidgeon (Optimall You), an inspirational young lady whose business helps people flourish and fulfil their personal potential in life. (Visit her YouTube Channel to see her great videos).

Niyc Pidgeon (Optimall You) with James Beard (Sage)
Niyc Pidgeon (Optimall You) with James Beard (Sage). Photo by @stevebrockphoto
James Beard (Head of Business Development at Sage), Nick Longden (Sage One General Manager at Sage) and I would like to congratulate all the award winners and shortlisted businesses who we will be following closely over the coming weeks and months. We and everyone at Sage wish you every success for the future!

Geoff Phillips (Head of SSB Marketing at Sage) added: “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.”