THE glittering finale to Hartlepool’s prestigious business competition is just days away.
Judges have now chosen the shortlisted contenders for all of the categories in this year’s Hartlepool Business Awards.
Those firms that are still in the running will learn their fate on Thursday next week, at the finals to be held at the Borough Hall, in Hartlepool.
Awards co-ordinator Andrew Steel said: “It promises to be a great evening and we have some fantastic contenders. It must have been a really difficult task for the judges to choose the winners in each of the categories.
“But the judging process has now been completed and all that is left is the grand finale which is always a fantastic affair.
“We are looking forward to a wonderful night where we will honour the cream of our town’s industry in front of a huge audience.”
There are 10 categories to compete for, each carrying a prize worth £1,000.
The categories for the competition are;
Retail sector which is sponsored by the Federation of Small Businesses.
Service sector which is sponsored by Waltons Clark Whitehill.
Manufacturer of the Year which is sponsored by Tilly Bailey and Irvine.
Most Promising New Business which is sponsored by Hartlepool Enterprise Centre and Brain Beaumont
The Exporter category which has been sponsored by the North East Chamber of Commerce.
The Community category. This is sponsored by the Hartlepool Mail.
Training category which is sponsored by Hartlepool College of Further Education.
The Innovation section which is sponsored by Digital City.
Tourism and leisure which is sponsored by Hartlepool Borough Council.
Business Personality of the Year.
All of the above categories carry a prize worth £1000 but the ultimate accolade is that of Hartlepool Business of the Year which this year carries a £2,000 prize and is sponsored by HSBC.
Some of Hartlepool’s best known firms including J & B Recycling, and Hart Biologicals, are previous winners of the biggest title and dozens of firms put their names in the hat to bid for this year’s competition which has been organised by a new-looking steering group.
The Hartlepool Mail will be bringing its readers a supplement next week, complete with details of every shortlisted candidate in this year’s awards.
Then, we will be there on the night of the ceremony itself. Watch out for full details on all of the winners from the competition in the Hartlepool Mail.
We will be there to bring interviews, photographs and video coverage.
And make sure you continue to buy the Hartlepool Mail after the awards night as we will be compiling another supplement, this time filled with reaction and interviews with every one of the winners.
For more details on the awards, visit the Hartlepool Business Forum website at http://hartlepoolbusinessforum.co.uk/