THE search is under way for the elite in Hartlepool’s business world.
The 2013 Hartlepool Business Awards were launched at the Maritime Experience yesterday and organisers say prizes worth £11,000 are up for grabs in the Hartlepool Mail-backed competition.
Awards co-ordinator John Megson said: “We have received excellent support with 23 companies giving sponsorship backing in one form or another.”
He praised the backers for giving their support “in times of economic hardship” and added: “We have succeeded in getting support and that is down to the many businesses who consistently help.”
Awards committee member Chris Grieveson said there would be £11,000 in prizes including categories such as business to business services.
Sponsorship worth £30,000 has been secured for the competition which firms can enter between now and Tuesday, March 5, next year.
The awards will culminate in a glittering awards night at the Borough Hall in Hartlepool on Thursday, May 16, next year. Tickets are £35 each.
It is expected to be a sell-out, with more than 350 people there.
In the meantime, the search has started for competition entrants in the categories which are:
● Retailer of the year
● Service sector
● Manufacturer of the year
● Most promising new business
● Exporter of the Year
● Investment in Training
● Innovation and Technology
● Tourism and leisure
● And the prestigious title of Hartlepool Business of the Year.
Mr Megson said: “We will be hoping to increase the number of entries for this year.
“Year on year, we have managed to do that and last year’s numbers were commendable in difficult economic times.
“And if last year was anything to go by, we should be expecting quite a few new companies coming forward.”
Businesses in the region can enter the competition in a number of ways.
Follow the link via the forum website at www.hartlepoolbusinessforum.co.uk; by picking up an application form from the Hartlepool Enterprise Centre in Brougham Terrace, or by calling the Enterprise Centre on (01429) 867677.