Make sure you’re in the hunt for top title

Andrew Steel, Hartlepool Business Awards co-ordinator

Andrew Steel, Hartlepool Business Awards co-ordinator

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HARTLEPOOL’S top companies are running out of time to put themselves in the running for a prestigious awards.

The deadline for the Hartlepool Business Awards is fast approaching and firms have until March 17 to submit their entries which must be put in online this year.

Awards co-ordinator Andrew Steel said: “We are doing alright for entries, and we have had a healthy response to date, but we are expecting there will be a rush late on.”

The competition has become an annual attraction in Hartlepool with some of the town’s top companies carrying off the prizes.

The grand finale this year will be the awards night at the Borough Hall on Thursday, May 15.

There are 10 categories to compete for, each carrying a prize worth £1,000.

But the ultimate accolade is that of Hartlepool Business of the Year which this year carries a £2,000 prize.

Tickets to see the event are £35 per person if bought before April and £40 after.

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

Exporter category – sponsored by the North East Chamber of Commerce.

Community category – sponsored by the Hartlepool Mail.

Training category – sponsored by Hartlepool College of Further Education.

Innovation - sponsored by Digital City.

Tourism and leisure – sponsored by Hartlepool Borough Council.

Business Personality of the Year.

All of the above categories carry a prize which is worth £1000.

The Business of Year title is sponsored by HSBC. The winner of this category receives a prize of £2000.

Mr Steel added: “We need as many businesses as possible to come forward and make this as successful an event as possible.”

For more details on the awards and application forms, visit the Hartlepool Business Forum website at http://hartlepoolbusinessforum.co.uk