THE elite in the Hartlepool business world has been crowned at a new-look awards ceremony.
Around 250 people watched this year’s best of business take honours ranging from most promising new business to exporter of the year at the Hartlepool Business Awards.
A mix of brand new entrants through to the town’s best established firms were in the running for 11 different titles.
But it was JDR Cables who lifted the ultimate honour of Hartlepool Business of the Year at the culmination of the ceremony in the Borough Hall.
Operations director Don Rosie said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this terrific award for the effort that everyone has put in as a team.”
The firm provides subsea power cables that operate in the world’s harshest offshore environments. It has invested in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, technology and people in Hartlepool to deliver its product.
Globally. JDR has a workforce of 500 people with 160 of them in Hartlepool. The company is a manufacturer with a specialist knowledge of the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors.
Mr Rosie added: “This is a superb win for us and we are over the moon to get it. It is recognition of the team as a whole as well as the operations we have in Hartlepool. We have won this against a strong line-up of companies.”
This year’s event saw a new-look steering group taking over the running of the competition from John Megson who retired as the awards co-ordinator last year after six years in charge.
They introduced a new award to the line-up. The first person to pick up the Business Leader of the Year crown was Krimo Bouabda, who first came to Hartlepool 29 years ago and has since established Krimo’s Portofino’s and the Tapas Bar.
He first came to the region to study naval architecture before deciding on a career as a restaurant owner.
Awards co-ordinator Andrew Steel, who was in charge of the competition for the first time, said: “There was a new look to it all but the awards showed that Hartlepool’s business community is as strong as ever. We have some fantastic talent in the town and tonight was a chance to reward it.”
Prizes worth £12,000 were rewarded on a night when Hartlepool’s business community was praised for its tenacity and determination to succeed.
l Watch out for an eight-page supplement with more interviews, reaction, photographs and coverage of the night. It will appear in your Hartlepool Mail next Tuesday.
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